The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) continues to support business networks in preparing for, responding to and recovering from crises, now with a focus on COVID-19. CBi provides technical support, guidance, tools, catalytic funding and a platform to exchange lessons learned
As spread of the COVID-19 outbreak unfolded, the Business Call to Action community shifted into overdrive to help fight the virus. Over the last month, our members stepped up with innovative solutions. From offering open source software for healthcare workers and local governments to ensuring food supply chains are not disrupted to continuing to produce essential goods and services for vulnerable communities – the private sector is adapting to changing circumstances and assisting with solutions to fight it. Many of these solutions are reaching low-income populations affected by the pandemic and those that will be affected by it soon. A look at what some of these responses were.
Philippine private sector raises US$30 million to help the urban poor
The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and its business partners raised US$30 million with business partners to distribute grocery store vouchers to one million urban people living below the poverty line in the Metro Manila region
How UNDP’s BCtA private sector is helping fight COVID-19
The Business Call to Action (BCtA) continues to work with its member companies by providing guidelines on how to cope with the pandemic. BCtA is working to better understand the bottlenecks companies are facing, their priorities during this crisis and its impact on people at the base of the economic pyramid through surveys with our members. Here are some of the first BCtA companies to respond to COVID-19:
COVID-19: the Local Government Finance response in Bangladesh
Half a million expatriate Bangladeshi workers have returned to Bangladesh from 15 major remittance-sending countries, where they were employed, since the outbreak of COVID19. The country has now halted all inbound and outbound international flights to and from those counties where a majority of Bangladeshi workers live and work.