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As countries emerge from various phases of lockdowns, the key goal at this time is to ensure the continued safety and security of people as they return to the market as producers, vendors, and consumers.
At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, BRAC International released a strategic framework to guide its response efforts. The framework outlines the overall response through a four-pronged approach.
The first prong emphasised ensuring the safety and security of BRAC’s own staff. The second outlined an extensive community-based awareness raising campaign to prevent the spread of the virus. The third highlighted response efforts including the importance of partnerships, supporting affected families through case management, and food and income support. The final prong projected the role of BRAC International in supporting social and economic recovery once the outbreak had passed.
Over the past four months, BRAC International engaged all aspects of the organisation in its Covid-19 response activities, reaching over 45 million people in its 10 countries of operation: Afghanistan, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. As countries emerge from various phases of lockdowns, the key goal at this time is ensuring the continued safety and security of people as they return to the market as producers, vendors, and consumers.
To delve deeper into the fourth prong, a recovery strategic framework has been developed to guide BRAC International’s work towards creating sustainable and equitable social and economic recovery.
We will begin the recovery phase through three areas of concentration:
Partnerships are a crucial component in any recovery effort. In both disaster and humanitarian response and recovery, multiple organisations work together to reach the ultimate goal of saving lives and resources, and returning the community to normalcy. we will actively seek partnership with local governments, service delivery institutions in health, education, and other areas, community-based organisations, local and international NGOs, academic institutions, and private sector actors.
Building from experiences during post-disaster recovery, BRAC International will continue to strive for a world free from poverty and exclusion. As this is a constantly evolving situation, we will adjust this strategy as needed and apply its components in each operational country as appropriate.
Musharrat Bidita is deputy manager at Communications, BRAC International.