EFC publishes “EFC members’ responses to COVID-19 pandemic”
The European Foundation Centre surveyed its members, affiliates and partners from March to early June 2020 to find out what immediate measures they were taking (or were planning to take), internally and in their programmatic and funding activities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey aimed to gain an initial overview of how EFC members and affiliates were reacting to the crisis in order to identify possible points of collaboration and synergy, and to share useful information among them.
“68% of those who responded said that programmes/initiatives they run would be harder to implement in light of the current situation”
Respondents faced challenges in evaluating which, if any, activities to suspend, and in finding ways to modify or restructure programmes to accommodate the new situation. They were particularly concerned about how the situation would impact their grantees: several EFC members have consulted their grantees through surveys.
Almost 80% of respondents indicated they had launched new initiatives such as emergency funds, funds to mitigate economic consequences post emergency, and research projects, with the following areas representing the top 3 beneficiaries: research (institutes, researchers) hospitals and health services, and humanitarian organisations/ international agencies.
Cover image created by Catherine Cordasco and submitted to the United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives
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