COVID-19: Our Response and Action
We realise that the current crisis is not a blip in our current operations, instead it will have a long-term impact on the sector and funding. While it is also not just a social sector crisis and has significant economic, political and social ramifications, this is also an opportunity for organisations to reassess their role in the social impact ecosystem. As an organisation focused on delivering impact, we are actively exploring, discussing and looking to co-create the right solutions at the point of need. We are part of collaboratives and collectives to ensure there is amplification and synergies between all support work.
At Sattva we are leveraging our experience and expertise in the ecosystem to combat COVID-19 through a four-pronged response. Here are some of these key measures we are taking:
Sattva is engaging with the ecosystem to improve data-led decision making and provide better actionable insights to combat COVID-19.
COVID-19 Central Knowledge Hub – Funding and resource initiatives towards fighting COVID-19 in India are being announced everyday – government schemes, grants / in-kind donations by various entities, fundraising / resource requests from NGOs, hospitals and local government bodies. How do we keep track of it all? How do we understand who is funding what and how much? How do we understand what areas need resources? We at Sattva have built this dashboard to provide a macro perspective of all COVID-19 relief initiatives in India. Check it out here.
COVID-19 Our Response and Action – We are actively exploring, discussing and looking to co-create the right solutions at the point of need. We are part of collaboratives and collectives to ensure there is amplification and synergies between all support work. If you are a donor, non-profit or solution provider, talk to us: email@example.com
Through our partners and directly, we are approaching governments and understanding their needs to see where we can support. We are also engaging with various collaboratives to see how we can collectively support the NGOs and create relevant solutions and responses to address the current crisis. We will continue to share resources from these collaboratives for your consumption.
We are currently collecting information from donors (corporate CSR, individual funders and philanthropic foundations) on their offers. Simultaneously, we are talking to a number of solutions providers (non-profits, social enterprises and businesses) to understand the solutions they can deliver on the ground. We are also in touch with Government agencies to get a view of the priorities. We have started putting the value chain together for maximum impact and the best reach. We request your help in the following ways:
Read about our work in Ladakh, here.
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As we continue to work with the same rigour to deliver on the projects, research, solutions and more that we have been working on for over a decade now, we are also rapidly evolving our response as an organisation to the current crisis through a three pronged approach:
Mitigate: Mitigate operational and financial risks on the organisation by taking immediate measures to ensure safety and wellbeing of the organisation and the staff.
Adapt: Review existing programs in the light of the crisis to explore ways in which they can be adapted to respond to the current situation, thereby build resilience.
Pivot: Take a mid to long term approach to identify solutions and partnerships that can help establish domain expertise, create relevant assets, and demonstrate sustainable solutions for the ecosystem.
Beyond immediate relief which is seeing an outpouring of support, COVID-19 will have a far-reaching impact on the livelihoods of several labour force segments, particularly in the unorganised sectors, migrant labour, small businesses, and informal entrepreneurs. And no one organisation will be able to provide the solutions to these challenges. We are hence actively engaging with organisations to design solutions that can sustain the existing workforce, while unlocking new livelihood opportunities across urban and rural segments. Our focus is on four largest workforce sections in India – Rural collectives, gig economy entrepreneurs and small businesses, migrant workers in industries such as construction and retail. Beyond livelihoods, we are working closely with healthcare practitioners to identify key focus areas for us to strengthen our public healthcare infrastructure.
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5. SATTVA LIVE – WEBINARS
The immediate impact of the current situation on social purpose organisations is significant. To address some of the pressing questions on managing the current crisis and being able to help those who need it the most, Sattva has also hosted online discussions on relevant topics.
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