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Our COVID-19 resource database

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This page will be updated as the situation develops. Further announcements will be sent to the primary contact of each grant as they become available. In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please contact your Performance and Risk Manager.

All guidance is UK Aid Match specific and is not indicative of a Department for International Development-wide approach.

We recognise that many organisations and projects will be seriously impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and appreciate that the situation varies by context and will continue to evolve over the coming months. We are committed to supporting UK Match grant holders, projects and appeals during this difficult time.

UK Aid Match grant holders are encouraged to adapt activities to the current context either by amending existing activities or pivoting to specifically respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In some cases, activities may have to be suspended.

All grant holders have received specific guidance on how to approach these changes. If you have not received this guidance, please email or your Performance and Risk Manager directly.

To further support grant holders with sharing information and learning during these challenging times, the UK Aid Match team are facilitating a series of COVID-19 grant holder discussion forums. These involve virtual discussions on a variety of topics, with existing grant holders sharing their insight and experiences before discussing in smaller groups. Grant holders will have received information on the scheduled topics and joining instructions for this series.

If you have any further questions about the discussion series, email

Stay safe

It is paramount to keep your teams, partners and beneficiaries safe during the pandemic. Each organisation is best placed to make decisions on how to protect your team and wider public health, and we ask that you continue to share information with your Performance and Risk Manager.

It is important that verified resources are used, such as the following articles from the World Health Organization (WHO), for information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

In all countries, we advise grant holders to:

  • Stay up to date with government advice on public gatherings
  • Work remotely and use alternative solutions for meetings, such as video calling
  • If gatherings are still taking place, try to create safer conditions by putting in place physical distancing rules, regular hand washing and using hand sanitiser

We have collated a suite of COVID-19 resources below. We hope that UK Aid Match grant holders will find them useful.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep the most vulnerable populations safe at this difficult time. We send our best wishes for the important work that you do and for the health and well-being of the communities with whom you work.

The UK Aid Match Team


Population Council Kenya has conducted a study on COVID-19 knowledge and attitudes of people in informal settlements in Nairobi

Crisis response

CARE International on the lessons learnt from Ebola

The UN’s coordinated response plan to COVID-19


The World Health Organisation and the International Disability Alliance considerations for COVID-19 and disability

DFID and Inclusive Futures rapid review on the impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities

Social Development Direct have a blog on COVID-19’s impact on disability inclusion and along with a host of other COVID-19 related posts.

UNICEF briefing on minimising the risk of COVID-19 to children and adults with disabilities

Education and childcare support

UNICEF’s statement on the implications of COVID-19 on children

UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning have provided tools to support interim education programming

World Health Organisation’s advice on pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding during COVID-19

A World Food Programme policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on children, including potential longterm impacts on nutrition, education, safety and health

Gender equality

Nepal Humanitarian Country Team’s key advocacy messages on social inclusion and gender equality in COVID-19 emergency response, highlighting emerging impacts of COVID-19 and outlines some practical measures being taken to respond

CARE has conducted research into the gender impact of COVID-19 and has also undertaken an analysis of the gendered implications of COVID-19 in development and humanitarian settings

The UN’s policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on women and recommendations for effective response

A United Nations Population Fund’s technical brief highlighting the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and emphasising the need for sexual and reproductive health services to be supported

Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls

Centre for Global Development’s paper on pandemics and violence against women and children

A research report from the Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk on the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls, with lessons from other epidemics on supporting effective responses

Gender and Development Network resource database

Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility ‘s resource database

WhatWorks resource database

Girls’ education

A report from the Malala Fund on how to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education

UNESCO article on school closures and the impact on girls

Health systems

The World Health Organisation’s technical guide to critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19 depending on pandemic stage

Mental health and psychosocial support

The World Health Organisation’s guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Tips for helping children cope with stress

Tips for coping with stress as adults

Monitoring and Evaluation

Digitising your monitoring, evaluation, research and learning by ICTworks

Best practice for conducting phone surveys from J-PAL

The World Bank on mobile phone surveys during COVID-19

I-APS guidelines for adapting third-party monitoring in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

The Compass’ monitoring and evaluation framework and tools for risk communication/ community engagement and COVID-19

Sphere’s humanitarian charter and minimum standards handbook


World Food Programme’s analysis of the impact COVID-19 will have on food security

World Health Organisation’s nutritional advice during COVID-19

Social inclusion

The UN’s summary of the different vulnerabilities experienced by different socio-cultural groups – elderly, youth, PLWDs, and indigenous groups – and ways to ensure support is adequate and responds to needs

Nepal Humanitarian Country Team’s key advocacy messages on social inclusion and gender equality in COVID-19 emergency response, highlighting emerging impacts of COVID-19 and outlines some practical measures being taken to respond


A technical brief from the World Health Organisation on water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s has created this website on hand-washing which has lots of resources specifically for COVID-19

Other COVID-19 resource databases

BOND database

CIVICUS database

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