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Impact and implications of COVID-19 on philanthropy work in East Africa

The purpose of the research, carried out between October and December 2020, is to identify emerging trends and practices in philanthropy in East Africa that have emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study design was participatory and entailed active involvement of philanthropy organizations and key informants based in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Ultimately, the research shows that over 95% of the organizations that participated in the study indicated having been affected in one way of another by the pandemic. In particular, 89% of the respondents had experienced funding disruptions, with 42% of respondents experiencing an overall reduction in funding levels over 2020. On a more positive note, 41.9% of respondents indicated that they had received additional funding over 2020, mainly towards COVID-19 responses. The study also highlights adaptation strategies arising from COVID-19, emerging opportunities, and shares key lessons learnt from organizations on the frontlines of COVID-19 response.

Published: March 2021

Published by: East Africa Philanthropy Network

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