These days, things are anything but business as usual.
But around the region, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed our country offices to take their “usual business” and quickly adapt it to address the current context. By using existing programmes, networks and partnerships, we have seen some of our well-laid efforts take shape in a new way.
Already laying the digital groundwork
In the past years, many countries around the region have been supporting governments to shift or adapt their public, social and legal services to digital or mobile forms as a way to improve efficiency, lower corruption and provide access to remote populations.
Shifts that have already happened are obviously a benefit in this time of restricted movement, but we’re also able to build on those tools to respond in the pandemic - whether it’s adapting a social card system to provide quick cash transfers for families who need it most, or providing more mobile service centers for challenged areas.
From ecoschools teaching climate change to language and skills training for refugees, we’re helping move our and our partners’ education programs online.
Armenia’s social impact lab, ImpactAIM, has supported an array of social impact entrepreneurs over the last few years, yielding innovative products and companies. Many of those startups have adapted their tools and services for a COVID response, while other small businesses are developing new COVID-specific tools. From a digital education company creating 12,000 new classes in two weeks to a health app integrated with national health institutions that now provides access to polyclinics and helps provide safe data to stop the spread of the virus, these small business grantees have built on ImpactAIM’s support to provide tools for both citizens and the government alike.