The COVID19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable. As we witnessed during the West African Ebola outbreak, viruses exacerbate inequality by making it more challenging for families to access primary healthcare and education, put food on the table, or maintain their livelihood. To strengthen the systems that protect vulnerable communities from the shocks of a pandemic, we must work together across sectors and geographies. Last Mile Health is proud to a member of this dynamic community of social entrepreneurs working to not only respond to this pandemic but prevent it from happening again.— Raj Panjabi, CEO & Founder, Last Mile Health
COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs
The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs is an unprecedented collaboration between over 80 global leaders in social entrepreneurship who have come together to support social entrepreneurs on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. By pooling knowledge, experience, and responses, the Alliance seeks to mobilize support for and raise awareness of the vital role that social entrepreneurs are playing as first responders to the crisis and as pioneers of an inclusive and green society.
Established in April 2020, the Alliance has expanded to represent a network of over 90,000 social entrepreneurs, who have cumulatively impacted the lives of 1.9 billion people: protecting livelihoods, mitigating millions of tonnes of CO2, improving access to health, sanitation, education, and energy, and driving social inclusion movements for the disabled, homeless, or those with refugee status.
Concrete action to expand impact
The Alliance aims to create a virtuous cycle of impact that accelerates support for social entrepreneurs at this critical time by working in three key domains:
- Mobilizing Support: Building a community of social impact leaders and gather critical resources for social entrepreneurs and their supporters to thrive.
- Taking Action: Achieving sector-wide uptake of its Social Entrepreneur Action Agenda to jointly tackle projects that transform the sector’s impact and resilience.
- Sharing Insights: Strengthen the evidence base and ability to support social entrepreneurs, by deepening collective insight into their impact, needs, and priorities.
In September 2020, members of the Alliance called on their peers to stand by social entrepreneurs during the pandemic. It published an Action Agenda outlining five concrete steps that intermediaries, corporations, investors, government institutions, and funders could take.
At The Davos Agenda in January 2021, the Alliance is taking this agenda forward to action, announcing its 2021 Roadmap. Comprising over 20 ambitious, collaborative action projects, each of which is led by and delivered by members of the Alliance, the Roadmap seeks to ramp up support for social entrepreneurs by adding fuel and efficiency to on-the-ground operations of its members.
To learn more visit the Alliance website here.
Social Innovators Response to COVID-19
Social innovators, disruptors in the service of others in situations where traditional actors or the market have failed, are needed more than ever in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out more responses from our community here.
Resources for Social Innovators during COVID-19
The Schwab Foundation is collating all the information that may be of use to social innovators from external sources here:
Access to financial support:
The #COVID19 Capital Relief, created by CASE at Duke University, is a comprehensive, searchable database that includes grants, loans and other cash equivalents that can help social innovators anywhere in the world.
Access to legal resources:
Lex Mundi and its member firms stand ready with support and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lex Mundi has compiled this collection of resources from its member firms in 125+ jurisdictions to help navigate through this global crisis.
Find more information here.
Access to technology:
Salesforce Care solutions are available immediately to help companies in any industry, they can be set up very quickly and are free for 90 days.
The AppExchange COVID-19 Resource Center, a dedicated resource to support employee, customer, and community needs during the COVID-19 crisis with applications built by partners and Salesforce Labs.
Work From Home Quip offer enables teams working from home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
For more details, see here.
Access to collated information on the social sector response:
Dasra have collated resources from across the social sector on all subjects: equity, financing, working from home, wellbeing, capacity building, etc.
Please find more information here.
COVID Action Platform
The COVID Action Platform, the first global platform of its kind launched by the World Economic Forum, aims to convene the business, governments and other community leaders for collective action, protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for the COVID-19 response.
For more information, please see here.