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The role of community-based organizations in COVID-19 response: case studies of Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Syria
The objective of this report is to outline the various contributions of community-based organization (CBO) activities in terms to COVID-19 response, with a special emphasis on the case studies of Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Syria through a process of data scoping, as part of iMMAP's COVID-19 Situation Analysis Project. Community-based organization (CBO) activities are often not sufficiently acknowledged and publicized in humanitarian response, and the COVID-19 pandemic response is, regrettably, following the same trend. Ultimately, CBOs have the reputation for being underresourced as well. Even so, the COVID-19 pandemic still represents an opportunity to leverage the potential of CBOs as valuable resources and to properly recognize their role and potential influence in the humanitarian dialogue.
The report finds that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on donor resources, CBOs are better equipped to do more with less than international non-governmental organizations. They have proven within the contexts of Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Syria, to have made valuable contributions to the pandemic in their national humanitarian landscape. Though CBOs should arguably be at the heart of any localized agenda, they still de facto face barriers to their own capacity building, organizational structure development, and financial stability. With more significant support, particularly within the realm of reporting, the humanitarian community may better bolster a true localized agenda through expanded utilization and recognition of CBOs.