Coronavirus and philanthropy.

In this 12-minute 7-question podcast, Antoine Vaccaro extends his last article by analyzing how public generosity can be effectively mobilized in the face of COVID 19.

He discusses the freezing of traditional means of collection and announces in this context of disruption a possible proliferation of initiatives to supplement them. It also discusses the privileged role of corporations and major donors.

At a time when humanitarian NGOs are seeing a sharp drop in their fund-raising at a time when the “sinews of war” have never been so important in the fight against VIDOC in the most fragile war-torn countries, he invites us to put in place alternative approaches.

Antoine Vaccaro is one of the leading experts on philanthropy. He is president of CERPHI (Centre for the Study and Research on Philanthropy) and of Force For Good by Faircom.

Antoine Vaccaro

D. in Organizational Science – Management of Non-Market Economies, Paris-Dauphine, 1985. After a professional career in large non-governmental organizations and communication groups: Fondation de France, Médecins du Monde, TBWA; he is President of CerPhi (Centre d’étude et de recherche sur la philanthropie) Force For Good, by Faircom and the Fund-raising Lab. He holds various volunteer positions within associations and foundations.  He is also co-founder of several professional organizations promoting private funding of public interest causes: Association Française des fundraisers, Comité de la charte de déontologie des organismes faisant appel à la générosité publique, Euconsult, La chaire de Philanthropie de l’Essec, 2011. He has published various books and articles on philanthropy and fund-raising.

Wash hands to remove COVID 19.

©Raising Awareness on Global Handwashing Day in Mali, Solidarités International.

This graphic is a product of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) realised by WHO and UNICEF on access to water and sanitation in the world.

The graphic shows that in 42 countries out of 77 regularly assessed, less than half of the population has access to easy handwashing at home.

In the face of COVID 19, it is essential to wash hands with soap several times a day. As we know, this is one of the essential barrier gestures to avoid becoming infected with the virus and transmitting it to those close to you.

Similarly, it is recommended, when it is not mandatory, to remain as much as possible confined to one’s home and to respect the distance of at least one metre between people. Do not shake hands or kiss each other until further notice!

In order to fight against COVID 19, it is therefore essential, when there is no access to water at home, to set up a service of proximity access to drinking water so that people can wash their hands and clean the containers used.

Safe drinking water is important because we know that unsafe water contains dangerous water-borne diseases such as cholera, hepatitis or diarrhoea, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Humanitarian organizations specializing in access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation have a major preventive role to play in protecting populations from the spread of the virus by informing them and adapting existing programmes against the spread of COVID 19.

The Solidarités International association has just published the sixth edition of the “Barometer 2020 of water, hygiene and sanitation”.

Find the WHO-UNICEF 2019 Report in pdf format.