When Covid came for Africa’s third sector

Shaninomi Eribo

Almost a year ago, the widespread outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the fragile state of health infrastructure in most African countries. As infections spread across the continent, the ability of national governments to respond adequately quickly became a source of apprehension for Africans.

Philanthropic and civil society organisations in Africa – which play crucial roles in plugging gaps in the delivery of basic services such as primary health care, education, water supply, and other social services to citizens – were crippled by lockdowns and social distancing measures for extended periods of time.

But exactly how have the operations of CSOs been impacted by the pandemic, and how has philanthropy in Africa responded? To understand these questions, I looked to a number of surveys conducted on the continent’s sector over recent months.

Civil society and Covid in Africa

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