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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.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.
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:
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
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.
Bond share guidance, learning and resources relating to international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response.
CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists, have compiled a resources page.
Public Health England publish resources for a COVID-19 awareness campaign.
This publication from the World Health Organisation is designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities.
This guide was led by UN Women and Translators without Borders on behalf of Risk Communication and Community Engagement Working Group on COVID-19.
A list of resources compiled by the United Nations supporting different aspects of nutrition.
World Food Programme analysis of the implications of COVID-19 on economic and food security.
World Health Organisation share nutrition advice for adults during COVID-19.
A brief guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In this short article, the World Health Organisation outlines some top tips to cope with stress.
In this short article, the World Health Organisation outlines some top tips to help children cope with stress.
UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning provide resources for tools to support interim education programming .
UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning provide further resources for tools to support interim education programming.
UNESCO provide recommendations to distance learning planning on their website.
World Health Organization article on COVID-19 and violence against women: what the health sector can do.
Centre for Global Development share a blog: a gender lens on COVID-19: pandemics and violence against women and girls.
GBV AoR's resource hub with country-specific guidance on GBV service provision during COVID-19.
A report which looks at the risks for women frontline healthcare workers in COVID-19 response and proposes actions to mitigate the risks.
A note which looks to provide practical support to gender-based violence (gbv) practitioners to adapt GBV case management service delivery models.
This online resource shares findings and learnings on preventing violence across the world.
Gender and Development network (GADN) have collected resources on policy and research on gender-based violence under COVID-19 in one location.
This publication from CARE is specific to gender and COVID-19.
This publication from the WHO outlines disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
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.
UNICEF has published a statement on the implications of COVID-19 on their website.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have produced a technical note on the protection of children.
A short article listing eight ways you digitise your monitoring, evaluation, research and learning during COVID-19.
J-PAL publish best practice for conducting phone surveys.
World Bank publish a mobile phone survey guide during COVID-19. This link is the first in a series.
This document published by i-APS, provide guidelines for adapting third-party monitoring approaches in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This document provides monitoring and evaluation framework and tools for risk communication/ community engagement and COVID-19.
This publication from Sphere, is a handbook which builds on the legal and ethical foundations of humanitarianism with guidance, global good practice and evidence.
The UK Medical Research Council has released a COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call.
The START network has created a COVID-19 fund to support vulnerable people in low-income countries.
UK Collaborative on Development Research share COVID-19 funding calls for social science and public health response proposals, on their website.
Good Finance has created a toolkit for charities to navigate funding options during the COVID-19 pandemic.