The COVID-19 crisis poses pressing and unique challenges for civil society organisations across the MENA region. Many NGOs now face existential challenges at the very moment they are needed most, as the knock-on effects of the crisis reduce charitable giving and cut off traditional sources of funding.

Read Maysa Jalbout's (Senior Policy Fellow at the AUB Issam Fares Institute and Alfanar supporter) recent op-ep outlining the need for a new approach to the way civil society is funded in the Middle East, exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the region’s most vulnerable communities and the civil society organisations that cater for them.

This article was published as part of a new series launched by the AUB Issam Fares Institute, impact of the #COVID-19 pandemic at regional, global and local levels.

Read the article here.