02 Apr 2020

CIFF’s response to Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way we live around the world. From our personal to our professional lives, we are facing new challenges every day and are having to adapt to new routines and ways of working. While facing such an unprecedented health crisis, the health and wellbeing of CIFF’s staff, grantees, and partners is our number one priority.

With this in mind, CIFF has closed all our offices, and our staff are working from their homes until further notice. We are in frequent contact with our partners to ensure that immediate needs are being met, to assess which programme activities are manageable, and to seek to provide solutions where possible to the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

CIFF remains strongly committed to our current partners, and our collective aim of ensuring children and young people are empowered. As such we are focused on ensuring that we are supporting our partners and the organisations that we work with on achieving their ongoing activities, and that we are doing what we can to protect the most vulnerable in the communities we serve, and in which we operate.

Now more than ever before, we are acutely aware of the importance of resourcing solutions to the problems we face, and the need for funding in a time of such uncertainty. We are committed to honouring pre-existing agreements and will also be exploring where and how we can bring our resources to bear in the global effort to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a personal capacity, CIFF’s co-founder, Sir Chris Hohn, has donated $3m to support the production and roll out of 100 advanced Covid-19 testing machines across England. Find out more here.