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NGOs Collaboration Strategies during the Covid-19 Pandemic First Lockdown: Poland and the United Kingdom

Maher, Chi and Czarczyńska, Anna (2022) NGOs Collaboration Strategies during the Covid-19 Pandemic First Lockdown: Poland and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Business Research and Management, 13 (1). pp. 28-42.

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Crises lead to inevitable changes in the direction of optimalization. Increasing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) collaboration with other NGOs, private, public-sector organizations, and the state to develop and provide much-needed social, health, and community services.

Through a case study of four NGOs, and semi-structured interviews with CEOs and Managers the paper examines the role of small NGO actors and strategies, in maintaining broad-based collaborations, developing self-capacity. The paper explains ways of improving the overall interorganizational connectivity to tackle health, social, and community issues exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic first lockdown. The organizations in our study serve a range of vulnerable populations and demonstrated a deep understanding of their needs during the pandemic.

The research findings suggest that although Covid-19 further highlighted funding difficulties of the sector organizations; collaboration activities with other organizations as a joined-up approach enabled synergies of working together and delivering much-needed services to the community.

Public policy pandemic lockdown, which was treated as a stress test, was unsatisfactory. We observed strong collaborations between NGOs and with the private sector, however, evidence is mixed as to how Covid-19 affected collaborations between the state and other sectors.
Keywords: Collaboration, NGOs, Covid-19, Public Policy.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: London Campus
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/6456

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