COVID-19 Response & Resources
“I wish you all well-being and security, amid the disruption of a pandemic that knows no borders and which has upended lives across the world. This is a moment that reminds us of our shared humanity, and with it our shared vulnerability and obligation to look out for one another. It is a moment for peacebuilding to come to the fore. The worst of times can bring out the best in our humanity, and we see that spirit every day in our network as you carry out your vital work to protect civilians, bridge differences, end violence, heal trauma, build common cause, and anchor positive peace.
This is a moment to cherish those most precious to us, help a neighbor and those beyond our scope in need, and recommit to the values of compassion, creativity, and collaboration that animate our work. We will get through this, together.”
Uzra Zeya, AfP President and CEO
AfP’s Response to COVID-19
With the World Health Organization (WHO) having declared COVID-19 a global pandemic AfP has taken precautionary steps:
- As of March 12, AfP is changing to mandatory telework until further notice. This is a preventive measure, intended to enhance social distancing and mitigate prospects for spread of the virus during a period of uncertainty.
- This does not mean AfP is shutting down; quite the contrary, we are hard at work in telework mode, and encourage you to contact AfP staff directly via email or at email@example.com with general inquiries. Please note, we are unable to answer AfP phones during this telework period. We will revisit our operating stance in coming weeks and review our status as events develop.
- We have suspended all non-essential work travel and in-person gatherings until further notice. We will be convening virtually throughout the spring and welcome robust participation as we engage members and partners on peacebuilding Policy, Learning & Evaluation and Partnerships.
- AfP’s Brief Video Series, Creativity in Crisis
Working Smarter in The New Normal
We at AfP want to share some guidance on how to stay healthy both physically and mentally in what can be a disruptive and isolating time.
Staying Happy and Productive:
On working from home: Work in the Time of Corona
Building Organizational Resiliency: The 7 Factors of Civil Society Resiliency
On financially weathering the crisis: Strategies for Sustaining Your Organization in the Age of COVID-19
Policy Developments/Donor Response
AfP is working hard to keep up to date with policy developments around COVID-19. We are working actively with the policy and advocacy community to support our member organizations and peacebuilders. Please find resources below ranging from legislation that you can take action to support to relevant guidance and responses from donors.
Information on the CARES Act
- CARES Act Relief and Assistance Opportunities for Nonprofits, Philanthropy New York. Find webinars and resources that walk organizations through the process of applying here.
- A Nonprofit Analysis of the Federal CARES Act, Nonprofit New York.
- How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19, Nonprofit Quarterly.
- Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act, National Council on Nonprofits.
- CARES Act, National Council on Nonprofits.
- CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds, Independent Sector.
Nonprofit Economic Relief:
Treasury, IRS, and Department of Labor plan to implement tax credit for small and medium sized businesses to reimburse costs of COVID-19 related employee leave. Read here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus
You can find information on how U.S. nonprofits can apply for economic relief from the U.S. Small Business Administration here: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
Sign-on and Letters
- COVID-19 Funding Letter
- Thanks to InterAction for leading this effort
- This letter is a follow-up to the March 18 letter to the full committee on appropriations. The letter asks for a minimum of $1.5billion in funding spread across Migration and Refugee Assistance, International Disaster Assistance, the Economic Support Fund, and USAID Global Health Programs to support bilateral programs best positioned to respond to this fast-evolving crisis globally. The request is seen as bridge funding between the funding provided in H.R. 6074 and additional requests that might be needed in the coming months as a more complete picture of the pandemic unfolds.
- AfP wrote sign-on letters to Congress on behalf of the non-profit community with asks concerning additional supplemental funding to the CARES Act and the Global Fragility Act:
- AfP wrote the additional letters below on behalf of its members to reiterate to Congress that funding to foreign assistance is necessary to contain this pandemic abroad:
Members & Partners Policy Statements
- American Friends Service Committee: Faith organizations call on Congress to prioritize the needs of the poor in responding to coronavirus
- Mercy Corps: Helping communities through global pandemic
- Pax Christi International: Life in a time of a global pandemic crisis
- Bond: Programmes at risk as more NGOs face closure
- USAID COVID-19 Response
- DFID’s COVID-19 Response