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National policy responses for philanthropy and civil society across Europe in the context of COVID-19

May 2, 2020

How are governments reacting in light of the COVID-19 crisis?


It is vital that governments recognise and value the crucial role of civil society and philanthropy in the immediate response to the Coronavirus crisis and for the rebuilding efforts that will be needed.


Currently governments are responding to the crisis in various ways, on the national and regional level, and many measures apply directly or indirectly to civil society, philanthropy and the wider giving environment. Governments must now fully consider how the sector can be harnessed to support and compliment their own rebuilding efforts.


What can we learn from actions taken by countries to respond to the crisis? What must be different next time around? How must we be better prepared? And, importantly, what are the root causes to address so we are not left fighting symptoms?