Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Sierra Leone

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Sierra Leone

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has plagued Sierra Leone since March 2020. Since the first reported case on 31 March 2020, the number of confirmed cases has increased to 1, 947, with 1, 502 recovered, and 69 deaths as of 14 August 2020 (NACOVERC, Daily Media Update 2020). The pandemic has affected every facet of Sierra Leonean society, including the civil society sector. Some civil society organisations (CSOs) closed their offices and cancelled operations, programmes and project activities in communities either because of loss of funding, increased organisational costs or restriction of staff’ movements.

However, while some organisations adopt a work-from-home policy, many more CSOs are struggling in this transition. This is mainly either because these organisations do not have in place policies to work remotely or lack the required resources and capacity including computers and internet connectivity to work remotely.

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