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Global Civil Society Organization Responses to COVID-19

A hand holding a smartphone. The phone is showing a cartoon of the earth that has spikes like the COVID-19 virus.The Global Civil Society Organization Responses to COVID-19 web archive is a collection of archived copies of different pages from the websites of non-governmental organizations from around the world. Organizations are selected based on their responses to the COVID-10 epidemic; they include trade groups, think-tanks, academic associations, aid organizations, and advocacy groups. Sites with sub-sites dedicated to COVID-19 or a significant collection of resources were selected. The archive provides documentation of how organizations responded and adjusted positions to accommodate, understand, and gain control over a rapidly changing political, economic, and security landscape.

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  • Collection Period: April 2020 to present
  • Frequency of Collection: Sites in the collection are targeted for capture every few months for the duration of the pandemic.
  • Languages: Collection material in English and various local languages.


  • Sites produced by NGOs that focus on humanitarian relief, sustainable development, public health, human rights, etc.
  • Sites produced by think tanks on either side of the political spectrum.
  • Sites produced by other civil society actors and representatives, including intergovernmental and trade organizations.
  • PDFs—including reports, policy responses, and research studies—produced by the entities listed above.

The collection does not include news sites, social media feeds, or video. For these types of content, please see the Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive from the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation.


  • Steve Witt (Japanese Studies and Global Studies)
  • Laila Hussein (Middle East and North Africa)
  • Atoma Batoma (Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Kit Condill (Eurasia and Eastern Europe)
  • Robert Geraci (Eurasia and Eastern Europe)
  • Paula Carns (Eastern Europe)
  • Libby Wheeles (Scandinavia)
  • Nathan Sonnenschein
  • Grace Moran


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