COVID-19 information and resources for grant holders and applicants


UK Aid Direct grant holders

This page will be updated as the situation develops. Further announcements will be sent to the primary contact of each grant as they become available. Please note: all guidance is UK Aid Direct specific and is not indicative of a Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) -wide approach. This may not be applied or replicated on other FCDO programmes.

We recognise that many organisations and projects will be seriously impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and appreciate that the situation varies by context and will continue to evolve over the coming months. We are committed to supporting UK Aid Direct grant holders and projects during this difficult time.

UK Aid Direct grant holders are encouraged to adapt activities to the current context either by amending existing activities or pivoting to specifically respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In some cases, activities may have to be suspended. All grant holders have received specific guidance on how to approach these changes. If you have not received this guidance, please email ukaiddirect@manniondaniels.com (opens in a new window) or your Performance and Risk Manager directly.   

To further support grant holders with sharing information and learning during these challenging times, the UK Aid Direct team are facilitating a series of COVID-19 grant holder discussion forums. These involve virtual discussions on a variety of topics, with existing grant holders sharing their insight and experiences before discussing in smaller virtual groups. Grant holders will have received information on the scheduled topics and joining instructions for this series. Please email ukaiddirect@manniondaniels.com (opens in a new window) if you have any further questions or clarification.

Additional updates from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will be shared as and when they are available. In the meantime, please continue to ask questions through your Performance and Risk Managers.

Stay safe

It is paramount to keep your teams, partners, and beneficiaries safe during the pandemic. Each organisation is best placed to make decisions on how to protect your team and wider public health, and we ask that you continue to share information with your Performance and Risk Manager.

It is important that verified resources are used, such as the following articles from the World Health Organization (WHO), for accurate information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

In all countries, we advise grant holders to:

  • Stay up to date with government advice on public gatherings
  • Work remotely and use alternative solutions for meetings, such as video calling
  • If gatherings are still taking place, try to create safer conditions by putting in place physical distancing rules, regular handwashing and using hand sanitiser.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep the most vulnerable populations safe at this difficult time. We send our best wishes for the important work that you do and for the health and well-being of the communities with whom you work – the UK Aid Direct team

Resources

We have collated the additional COVID-19 resources on this page into sub-categories. We hope both UK Aid Direct grant holders and applicants will find them useful.

Civil Society support
COVID-19 advice and resources from Bond Link
COVID-19 advice and resources from Bond

Bond share guidance, learning and resources relating to international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response.

Resources for civil society from CIVICUS Link
Resources for civil society from CIVICUS

CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists, have compiled a resources page.

UN humanitarian response resources
UN's global humanitarian coordinated response plan Link
UN's global humanitarian coordinated response plan

The UN's response plan to COVID-19.

Response specific areas
World Health Organization technical brief Link
World Health Organization technical brief

A technical brief on water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19.

Wash'Em Link
Wash'Em

A website set up by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical shares handwashing resource.

Responding to crises - practical lessons
Responding to crises - practical lessons from CARE International Link
Responding to crises - practical lessons from CARE International

CARE International outline the lessons they learnt from Ebola and Cholera and how they can be applied to COVID-19.

Community engagement and awareness raising
Community engagement and awareness campaigns Link
Community engagement and awareness campaigns

Public Health England publish resources for a COVID-19 awareness campaign.

Risk communication and community engagement Link
Risk communication and community engagement

This publication from the World Health Organisation is designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities.

How to include marginalised and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement Link
How to include marginalised and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement

This guide was led by UN Women and Translators without Borders on behalf of Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group on COVID-19.

Nutrition advice
Nutrition advice from UN Link
Nutrition advice from UN

A list of resources compiled by the United Nations supporting different aspects of nutrition.

Analysis from the World Food Programme  Link
Analysis from the World Food Programme

World Food Programme analysis of the implications of COVID-19 on economic and food security.

Nutrition advice for adults from WHO Link
Nutrition advice for adults from WHO

World Health Organisation share nutrition advice for adults during COVID-19.

Health system support
Health system support from WHO Link
Health system support from WHO

The WHO share a technical guide to critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19 depending on pandemic stage.

Mental health and psychosocial support
A brief guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations from WHO Link
A brief guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations from WHO

A brief guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Top tips for coping with stress as adults Link
Top tips for coping with stress as adults

In this short article, the World Health Organisation outlines some top tips to cope with stress.

Top tips for helping children cope with stress Link
Top tips for helping children cope with stress

In this short article, the World Health Organisation outlines some top tips to help children cope with stress.

Education and childcare support
Distance learning solutions Link
Distance learning solutions

UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning provide resources for tools to support interim education programming .

Keeping the doors of learning open Link
Keeping the doors of learning open

UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning provide further resources for tools to support interim education programming.

10 recommendations to plan distance learning programming Link
10 recommendations to plan distance learning programming

UNESCO provide recommendations to distance learning planning on their website.

Gender based violence / violence against women and girls
COVID-19 and violence against women Link
COVID-19 and violence against women

World Health Organization article on COVID-19 and violence against women: what the health sector can do.

A gender lens on COVID-19 from Centre for Global Development Link
A gender lens on COVID-19 from Centre for Global Development

Centre for Global Development share a blog: a gender lens on COVID-19: pandemics and violence against women and girls.

Tools and resources hub from GBVAOR Link
Tools and resources hub from GBVAOR

GBV AoR's resource hub with country-specific guidance on GBV service provision during COVID-19.

Securing the safety and wellbeing of women frontline healthcare workers from GBV AoR Link
Securing the safety and wellbeing of women frontline healthcare workers from GBV AoR

A report which looks at the risks for women frontline healthcare workers in COVID-19 response and proposes actions to mitigate the risks.

GBV case management and COVID-19 from GBV AoR Link
GBV case management and COVID-19 from GBV AoR

A note which looks to provide practical support to gender-based violence (gbv) practitioners to adapt GBV case management service delivery models.

Online resource from What Works Link
Online resource from What Works

This online resource shares findings and learnings on preventing violence across the world.

Collection of resource and policy on GBV Link
Collection of resource and policy on GBV

Gender and Development network (GADN) have collected resources on policy and research on gender-based violence under COVID-19 in one location.

CARE's Global Rapid Gender analysis paper Link
CARE's Global Rapid Gender analysis paper

This publication from CARE is specific to gender and COVID-19.

Disability inclusion
Disability considerations during COVID-19 Link
Disability considerations during COVID-19

This publication from the WHO outlines disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities: a rapid review from DFID and Inclusive Futures Link
The impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities: a rapid review from DFID and Inclusive Futures

A joint publication from the Department for International Development (DFID) and Inclusive Futures: the impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities: a rapid review.

Disability considerations durnig the COVID-19 outbreak from WHO Link
Disability considerations durnig the COVID-19 outbreak from WHO

Certain populations like those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. This impact can be mitigated if simple actions/ protective measures are taken.

Children
UNICEF statement on implications of COVID-19 on children Link
UNICEF statement on implications of COVID-19 on children

UNICEF has published a statement on the implications of COVID-19 on their website.

Technical note: protection of children during Coronavirus pandemic Link
Technical note: protection of children during Coronavirus pandemic

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have produced a technical note on the protection of children.

Country-specific COVID-19 research
Population Council Kenya study Link
Population Council Kenya study

Population Council Kenya has done a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice study (KAP) in Nairobi's informal settlements.

Monitoring and evaluation specific
Digitising your monitoring, evaluation, research and learning during COVID-19 from ICTworks Link
Digitising your monitoring, evaluation, research and learning during COVID-19 from ICTworks

A short article listing eight ways you digitise your monitoring, evaluation, research and learning during COVID-19.

Best practices for conducting phone surveys Link
Best practices for conducting phone surveys

J-PAL publish best practice for conducting phone surveys.

World Bank Blogs on M & E Link
World Bank Blogs on M & E

World Bank publish a mobile phone survey guide during COVID-19. This link is the first in a series.

Guidelines for adapting third-party monitoring Link
Guidelines for adapting third-party monitoring

This document published by i-APS, provide guidelines for adapting third-party monitoring approaches in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Monitoring and evalution framework and tools for risk communications and community engagement Link
Monitoring and evalution framework and tools for risk communications and community engagement

This document provides monitoring and evaluation framework and tools for risk communication/ community engagement and COVID-19.

Humanitarian charter and minimum standards handbook Link
Humanitarian charter and minimum standards handbook

This publication from Sphere, is a handbook which builds on the legal and ethical foundations of humanitarianism with guidance, global good practice and evidence.

Funding
Rapid research funding from Medical Research Council Link
Rapid research funding from Medical Research Council

The UK Medical Research Council has released a COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call.

COVID-19 fund from START network Link
COVID-19 fund from START network

The START network has created a COVID-19 fund to support vulnerable people in low-income countries.

UK Collaborative on Development Research funding page Link
UK Collaborative on Development Research funding page

UK Collaborative on Development Research share COVID-19 funding calls for social science and public health response proposals, on their website.

Funding toolkit for charities during COVID-19 Link
Funding toolkit for charities during COVID-19

Good Finance has created a toolkit for charities to navigate funding options during the COVID-19 pandemic.