Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Liberia

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Liberia

This research report assesses the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Liberia. The research further looks at CSOs’ resilience during the pandemic, their contributions to the fight against the COVID-19, as well as their programming and operations during the pandemic. The study was informed by a sequential explanatory mixed methods design which involves first collecting and analysing the quantitative data followed by the qualitative data. It is however important to mention that the study began with a desk review where the in-country researcher reviewed existing literature on COVID-19 and its impact on the civil society sector.

The findings from the review informed the development of survey questionnaires which was administered to 27 randomly selected CSOs in Liberia from the Electronic directorate of CSOs in West Africa by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). The analysis and findings from the quantitative phase informed the design of the qualitative phase. The qualitative phase of the research collected data through Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with ten (10) CSOs comprising of eight (8) urban organisations and two (2) rural organisations randomly selected from the list of 27 CSOs who participated in the survey.

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