In a public hearing a young woman shares her worst experience in getting public and health related services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Designed up in blue overlay.
In a public hearing a young woman shares her worst experience in getting public and health related services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Credit: ActionAid / Pritambor Barman.

People who have been marginalised have made critical contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response: providing practical support to families, friends and peers (including food parcels); providing mutual financial aid; and translating or sharing official information. People who have been marginalised have demonstrated extraordinary resilience, adapting to the pandemic’s effects, including finding alternative sources of income.

In contrast to communities’ efforts, official government responses to COVID-19 have often overlooked or excluded people who have been marginalised. The pandemic has exposed considerable gaps and bias in official data published and used by government agencies and public bodies. These data gaps render many people and groups ‘invisible’, in turn excluding them from national responses.

The pandemic has built upon structural inequalities of our societies, disproportionately impacting people who have been marginalised.

This report uses insights from community and CSO data collected by the Civil Society Collaborative on Inclusive COVID-19 Data partners, often in close cooperation with communities, to provide a clearer picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who have been marginalised and their responses.

> Read the Executive Summary (available in English, French, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Bangla, and Portuguese).

> Read the full report in English.

> Learn about inclusive design principles outlined by the Collaborative. 

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Contributing Partners

Africa's Voices Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Africa's Voices mission is to listen to citizens’ authentic voices in spaces they value and turn this engagement into rigorous social insights which accelerate social impact.
CBM Global
Non-governmental Organization
CBM Global works alongside persons with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion and transform lives.
Christian Aid
Non-governmental Organization
Christian Aid aims to dismantle the root causes of extreme poverty and enable the voice and agency of the poor and marginalized.
Non-governmental Organization
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organizations at the local, national, regional, and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society.
Non-governmental Organization
Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is an international children’s charity fighting for the rights of street children worldwide. They are a global alliance raising the voices of street children at international level.
Development Initiatives Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organization that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development.
HelpAge International Logo
Non-governmental Organization
HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the rights of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.
Non-governmental Organization
The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) drives a global movement to end street homelessness. Their vision is a world where everyone has a home that offers security, safety, autonomy, and opportunity.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement. By telling the story of internal displacement, we keep the issue and the plight of internally displaced people high on the global agenda.
Plan International Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world.
Restless Development Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Young people have powerful voices. We are here to make sure their voices are heard.
Save the Children UK Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Save the Children is a global child rights organisation that helps every child reach their full potential, by ensuring children are safe, healthy, and keep learning.
Sightsavers Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Sightsavers is an international organization working with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

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