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 50 global organizations to support social entrepreneurs in pooling knowledge, experience, and responses to alleviate suffering and advance new models of change for a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world.
The Alliance represents a network of over 15,000 social entrepreneurs, who have impacted the lives of 1.5 billion people cumulatively, working in over 190 countries: protecting livelihoods, mitigating millions of tonnes of CO2, improving access to health, sanitation, education, and energy, driven social inclusion movements for the disabled, homeless, or those with refugee status.
The Alliance will coordinate support for social entrepreneurs in four key ways:
1. Assess and highlight needs across the members’ social enterprise portfolios.
2. Amplify and expand available financial support under a joint alliance dashboard and help social entrepreneurs to raise additional money to expand their work.
3. Coordinate non-financial support provided by companies and intermediaries, such as social procurement, legal services, and technological support.
4. Advance joint communication efforts to advocate for appropriate fiscal and policy interventions relevant to social entrepreneurs.
Want to get involved? Find out more 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.