COVID-19 Resources.

This page has a collection of guidelines, tools, statements, papers and useful links which are relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic.


General Information

United Nations


World Health Organisation (WHO)

World Food Programme (WFP)

United Nations Central Emergency Responce Fund (CERF)

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Johns Hopkins, LSTMH and CERAH:
  • Three universities have created the COVID-19 Humanitarian platform to gather, curate, analyze, interpret and disseminate COVID-19-specific and sensitive interventions that are being implemented in a variety of humanitarian settings.



Vaccine Information 


Humanitarian Coordination

IASC - the Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Global Protection Cluster
Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) - Webinar series CCCM in COVID-19
IMPACCT-  All the documents related to the importation and Customs clearance of goods for the response to COVID-19 are available here.
Sphere Standards- Sphere collates and disseminates emerging practice and evidence in the Coronavirus response and released a four-page document guiding you through the relevant parts of the Sphere Handbook.
Community World Service Asia - Webinar: Quality and Accountability approaches while responding to emergencies  9 April 2020.  Looking at using Quality and Accountability approaches while responding to emergencies like COVID-19.  

Forced Migration



UN Network on Migration


Civil Society Action Committee-  has organised a Global Statement that organisations can Sign-on to urgently call on States and government authorities at all levels to protect migrants and refugees in this global COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  The statement has been translated into French and Spanish. You can also see the list of signatories.



Civil Society Space

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has gathered resources during COVID-19 to help guide in fundraising, donor communications and more, and what it means to engage with donors during a time in which in-person interaction is likely non-existent.
Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)-  geo-map tool that reflects measures taken by states in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic
ILO -  ILO’s policy framework to fight COVID-19, provides a shared template for civil society groups to deliberate context-specific measures and adopt feasible actions in a time-bound and transparent manner.
International Centre for Not-for profit Law (ICNL):
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)COVID-19: Protecting people and societies
Top10VPN: have been tracking measures taken which affect digital rights in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The below are the key findings:
TrustLawrepository of legal resources from their network designed to address the implications of COVID-19 for their non-profit and social enterprise members
University of Oxford- Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT)- see this working paper and visit their website
Civil-Military Coordination
Engaging Non-State Armed Groups
Digital and Data Privacy:
Data Protection Authority Guidance: In response to the global pandemic, data protection authorities around the world are issuing their own COVID-19-specific privacy guidance. 
Frontline Defenders have a some idas and tips for human rights defenders and other actors on Physical, emotional and digital protection while using home as office in times of COVID-19 and have released a report on Defending rights during a pandemic Impact of Covid-19 on the safety and work of human rights defenders.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has developed a 40-question checklist to assist governments in developing effective rights-respecting responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find the HRW press release describing the checklist.

Indicators to measure State’s compliance with international standards regarding civic space, peaceful assembly, and political participation during public health emergencies, OHCHR, Special Rapporteur on rights to freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association (EN, FR, SP).

Communications and community engagement

BBC Media Action has produced a communications grid for COVID 19. It can be used when thinking about what sort of content is needed and the different types of information that is required to address specific needs. Our top 10 tips for media in the COVID-19 ‘info-demic’
CDAC-  Practice Guide to Working with Rumours – also available in Arabic and French.
Centre for Sport and Human Rights - An Overview of the Sport-Related Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children 25 June 2020
Connect: weekly digest by Internews and H2H Network on combating misinformation on Covid-19.
ELRHA-  COVID-19 Resources for humanitarians (includes links to funding opportunities)
Global Health Network- an open source platform that provides trusted knowledge, guidance, tools and resources to support the generation of more and better health research data.
Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion policy brief "A principled and inclusive response to COVID-19, focused on the most vulnerable" - also available in French
Humanitarian Experts Network (HEN) - COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey Key findings
International Civil Society Centre - COVID-19 resources for civil society
ICMHD - International Centre for Migration Health and Development-  COVID 19 Notes on Community Quarantine
(REDLAC) Regional Group on Risks, Emergencies and Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean - Response to COVID-19: 3 months at a glance, March - June 2020 - also available in Spanish
Refugee Response has created a simple animation explaining the basic facts and safety information for COVID-19, currently available in Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Arabic, Swahili with more languages being added.
World Vision International (WVI)Global Emergency Response Plan to COVID-19, April 7 2020


Engaging Private Sector


Inclusion and Diversity

Older people

Help Age - Protecting older people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (English, Spanish, French, Arabic)


Gender and Gender Based Violence

Community World Service Asia - COVID-19 affects men and women differently



Alliance for child protection in humanitarian action- Protection of Children during the COVID19 pandemic-  in 11 languages.
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) resources to support the provision of education in places affected by COVID-19. Also available in españolfrançaisportuguêsالعربية.

Child Protection AoR Help Desk has created a dropbox folder with collected global, regional, and country-level resources for COVID-19.

Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion:


Funding and economic impact

Act Alliance- Global Act Appeal
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has gathered resources during COVID-19 to help guide in fundraising, donor communications and more, and what it means to engage with donors during a time in which in-person interaction is likely non-existent.
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 

World Vision International Out of Time: COVID-19 Aftershocks, July 2020

Statements/ Commentary

WHO and key leaders including ICVA members- Joint Leader's statement - Violence against children: A hidden crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, 8 April 2020

Act Alliance and Religions for Peace - A Joint Statement - Urgent Action Needed to Prevent COVID-19 25 March 2020
Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) -     Africa Must Include Displaced Populations in COVID-19 Response Plans, 1 April 2020
Alliance for Empowering Partnership (A4EP)   - Localised response to COVID-19 global pandemic A4EP Position paper, 21 March 2020
Amnesty International- has released a research paper Responses to COVID-19 and States’ Human Rights Obligations: Preliminary observations 16 March 2020
Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network-
Asian Forum for Human Rights- Joint Statement: ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic 23 March 2020Asian Forum for Human Rights- Joint Statement: ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic 23 March 2020
Care international- 
Chatham House COVID-19 Impact on Refugees is Also Political, 31 March 2020:
Christian AidRole of Faith leaders in Ebola response July 2015 
Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CoE)- a statement of principles, 20 March 2020
Council on Foundations - A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Commitment During COVID-19 Philanthropic foundations call for flexible funding for NGOs and commitment to long-term, collaborative approaches
CSIS- The Center for Strategic and International Studies Impact of COVID 19 on Humanitarian Crises, 19 March 2020
Global Detention Project -    Covid-19 Global Immigration Detention Platform, April 2020
Here Geneva - After COVID a time to reset ,22 March 2020
HIAS - COVID-19 Response 1 April, 2020
Human Rights Watch - Statement prepared for the High Commissioner’s virtual briefing with HRC members and observers is available here. 9 April, 2020.
Humanitarian Advisory Group- Think piece‘‘In Case of Emergency: System-Wide Response in the Era of COVID-19", March 2020
ICMC news article referring ICVA statement: “Humanitarian NGOs Call on Donors for Urgent and Systemic Response to COVID-19” 18 March 2020
ICMC Secretary General statement: “May the Coronavirus Crisis Open our Eyes and Hearts”, 18 March 2020
International Rescue Committee (IRC):
Institute for Security Studies  - COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees, 8 April 2020
ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale)- Covid-19 among MENA Refugees: A Great Humanitarian Concern 7 April 2020
New Humanitarian
NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) - Briefing note- COVID-19: The immediate and potential long-term risks to vulnerable populations in Iraq, 24 March 2020
Norwegian Refugee Council
Plan InternationalVulnerable groups must be supported, 17 March 2020
RSIS Commentary - Global Health Security-  COVID-19 & Humanitarian Response: Leave No-One Behind, 20 March 2020
Save the Children:


Somalia NGO Consortium - Somalia Debt Relief crucial to COVID-19 response 27 March 2020
Women’s Refugee Commission - Calls for Inclusive and Gender-Sensitive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic 24 March 2020

World Refugee & Migration Council - Refugee Women: Responding to COVID-19 


Learning Resources

For all learning resources related to COVID-19, please see ICVA's Learning opportunities and resources page. COVID-19 learning opportunities will be listed under "Safeguarding".