On March 23rd, Dr. Dorothy Nyambi sent the following message to all MEDA supporters about the COVID-19 outbreak:
Greetings from Waterloo! Across the world, people are facing circumstances they have never encountered before. The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved with incredible speed and is demanding very rapid action from all of us.
The full extent of this crisis is not yet known. What is known, and what I am thankful for, is that in times of crisis we can depend on each other to find a way out. I know this because over my past year and a half at MEDA I have borne witness to the generosity of so many in this world. From our institutional partners, to the clients and businesses we work with, to you, our supporters. I know that in times of crisis, community bands together to support and encourage one another. I know that the same will happen here.
We are grateful for a wise and level-headed Security Management Team that, since January, has been providing regular informative updates to our staff as the situation developed. Once the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, we put “Work from Home” protocols in place for all our staff. Country field offices are making decisions for their staff teams depending on local situations.
For our partners and clients, we stand together in this through our shared mission of business solutions to poverty. In these challenging times, we are all aligned, and the priority is health and safety.
The effects of COVID-19 are multifaced and still unfolding. We expect that business across the globe will be affected and we will continue together, to learn and adapt as needed. Challenges always create opportunity for innovation, and we will continue to collaborate to find new and cost-effective ways to improve our work, advance our goal and find the best solutions to improve our impact.
In the days ahead we ask that you keep our clients in your thoughts and prayers. There are so many around the globe who are not as fortunate as us, who were already facing the trials of poverty and who need our support more than ever. Like many of our small businesses in North America, they are also likely to experience a decrease in their revenue, and disruption to the very supply chains and markets that they are fighting to join. We know that technical training, advice, and access to financial services will continue to be vital.
For those who have been affected by the virus, and all the frontline workers, our thoughts are with you.
I look forward to staying connected with you in the coming weeks. In the interim, stay healthy, hold your family close and be grateful for the blessings that can be counted today.
Sincerely, Dr. Dorothy Nyambi
Waterloo, ON, March 13, 2020 -- The safety and health of our staff and partners is our top priority. MEDA has been closely monitoring the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with regular risk assessments and tiered response plans. As the situation has rapidly evolved our Security Management Committee has recommended the following: MEDA will adopt a work from home preferred (WFH-P) protocol for North American offices and a work from home optional (WFH-O) protocol for our country project offices. Both of these protocols take effect March 16, 2020. This is a challenging time and is unprecedented in our organizational history. But this is not the first crisis MEDA has faced, and it won’t be the last. During times like this, the MEDA team is resilient and innovative. This is the right decision to protect the health and well-being of everyone at MEDA - and the wider communities we live in. We have some excellent resources available for staff and their families, and we encourage staff to reach out to the Human Capital team for support and guidance for accessing resources, and for information about both MEDA and government provided leaves and sick days. Event Cancelations:
We will continue to provide updates and further information as appropriate.
Dorothy NyambiPresident & CEO
The scale and scope of COVID19 have caused changes that were unimaginable only months ago. Entire global systems have shifted.
But even as organizations, governments and businesses have responded, there is another threat: the threat that the needs of excluded populations will be disregarded once again and the gains we have made in fostering an equitable world will be unraveled.
We stand with partners and our clients - the women and men who run businesses around the world. We are committed to maintaining our market-based approach to creating inclusive economic opportunities with the firm belief that this will create lasting and sustainable change. That is why we are reinforcing our commitment to 10 key principles to keep us on track:
OTTAWA, ON – April 6, 2020 – On behalf of over 180 organizations, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and four partner coalitions presented an open letter to the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, calling for international cooperation to be a part of Canada’s COVID-19 response.
“To keep Canadians safe, we need to address and eliminate the disease wherever it is in the world,” said Nicolas Moyer, CEO of CCIC. “By lending our expertise and support to communities around the world, we can defeat COVID-19.”
CCIC applauds the Government of Canada’s commitment to global engagement and cooperation to address the pandemic, including the allocation of $159.5M through Canada’s International Assistance Envelope. The open letter proposes further measures to help Canada’s fight against the global pandemic through an increase of Canadian Aid and the fast-tracking of funding renewals for multi-year international programs, among other proposals.
The international development sector includes over 2,000 organizations, employs some 14,000 Canadians on a full-time basis, and invests over $5 billion annually to support global sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Like all sectors of the Canadian economy, Canadian aid organizations are coping with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, while also working hard to ensure critical front-line services continue for the most vulnerable populations around the globe. CCIC and its members look forward to continuing to work with the federal government to support global efforts to address and contain COVID-19.
The open letter was sent in collaboration with the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), the Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac) and the Inter-Council Network (ICN).
About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC):
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.
Kat Guerin, Communications Managerkguerin@ccic.ca Phone: 613-222-3009