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frontline organizations and private/public partnerships hold keys to global COVID-19 recovery

“Reimagine Recovery: a playbook for a fair future” highlights international nonprofit organizations and private sector leaders as essential to advancing justice and equity

NEW YORK, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Ford Foundation published Reimagine Recovery: A Handbook for an Equitable Futurewhich shows how leaders and decision makers can rethink and reshape social, economic, political and governance systems for a more just and equitable future at a pivotal moment in societal transformation. The three-part guide presents critical lessons and offers urgent solutions both from global organizations battling the devastating effects of the pandemic first-hand and from innovative business leaders seeking to improve the way we work and live.

In June 2020Ford launched a $1 billion social connection to help nonprofit organizations overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. As the pandemic evolves, Ford’s focus has shifted from short-term relief to promoting a sustainable recovery that is more inclusive of disproportionately affected communities, holds the multinational institutions that govern our lifestyle and lays the foundation for a more inclusive economy that puts workers first.

“COVID-19 has overwhelmed every facet of our societies, and we will see its repercussions for generations to come. Yet, we are at a pivotal point where we can decide what those impacts will be and how they will shape our collective future. In order for to achieve this, we must move from emergency relief to recovery and beyond reform to reinvent,” said President of the Ford Foundation Darren Walker. “Reimagine Recovery takes a holistic look at interrelated issues that we cannot ignore and presents solutions for change. Together, these ideas and initiatives call us to envision a new world, where power and privilege are harnessed and social, economic and political opportunities are more evenly distributed, and unnecessary conflict and oppression are a thing of the past.”

“More than two years into this global pandemic, it is clear that COVID-19 is not just a defining moment in our past, but also in our present and our future. Now is not the time to return to what we once accepted as ‘normal’, but to redefine the way we live and move from a system of inequality and exclusion to a system of inclusion and care,” said Hilary Penningtonexecutive vice president of programs. “This playbook shines a light on many of the deep-rooted systemic inequalities that COVID-19 has exposed, highlights the work of our partners to fight for an inclusive recovery, and envisions a path to a more equitable future.”

Focused on reinventing three key areas – working life, and balance – the playbook outlines priorities identified by Ford Foundation partner organizations around the world as many countries prepare for a future where COVID-19 is endemic. The playbook underscores the urgent need to address widespread systemic inequalities that have long existed and been laid bare at the height of the pandemic.

The main areas of interest are:

Reinvent work

  • Make work more inclusive for all people, regardless of ability, gender, race or background.
  • Strengthen worker rights and protections ensure equal access to work and social protections, as well as opportunities to shape the policies and systems that affect the lives of workers, especially in the Global South.
  • Increase access to capital prioritizing purpose alongside profit and the needs of all stakeholders in addition to shareholders.

Reinvent life

  • Make vaccines accessible to all instead of primarily benefiting rich countries while low- and middle-income countries unnecessarily lag behind.
  • Protect the planet climate change, which shares many of the same root causes as pandemics.
  • Advancing racial, gender and disability justice with the understanding that some communities have been hardest hit by COVID, the same communities that have borne the brunt of a long history of injustice.
  • Make technology more accessible and equitable ensuring that the technology that connects us remains accessible to all. More than half of the world’s population lacks internet access, which is crucial for sharing critical information that can save lives, connect people and uplift communities.

Reinvent balance

  • Protect and promote civic space and engagement so that people everywhere are empowered to participate in the political, economic and cultural systems that shape their lives.
  • Strengthen international cooperation so that the burden of future crises no longer falls on the shoulders of middle- and low-income countries, exacerbating long-standing inequalities globally.
  • Stemming the Rise of Polarization that fuels division and misinformation and impedes collaborative efforts to address urgent crises that far too often affect underrepresented populations at an alarming rate.

For an in-depth look at Remagine Recovery, visit the Ford Foundation website.

“The pandemic and the racial judgment that our country has experienced over the past two years have exposed the seriousness of the inequalities in our society. It is essential that we recover and rebuild in a way that is fair to all. The Ford Foundation is leading this effort since the start of the pandemic, particularly in their partnership in the Corporate Call to Action, demonstrating how American companies can be part of the solution,” said Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn T. Wood. “I’m proud to see the work they’ve put into the Reimagine Recovery playbook, which explains how to best reform our social, economic and political systems with equity at heart.”

“The recovery from COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a more equitable economy that supports and uplifts everyone,” said Rachel KorbergCEO of the Families and Workers Fund. “The Ford Foundation’s new Reimagine Recovery playbook is both a celebration of our ongoing work together and a roadmap to help harness current momentum and shape a recovery with equity at heart.”

“Through our mission to provide access to stock ownership for workers and their families, we see a brighter future emerging from this time, made even more difficult by the pandemic,” said Anna Lisa MillerExecutive Director of Works Property. “Ownership Works is thrilled to partner with the Ford Foundation as they chart the course for organizations across all sectors to reimagine recovery for all.”

“The extremely unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments is a symptom of a broken system,” said Julia KosgeiPeople’s Vaccine Alliance Policy and Advocacy Advisor. “The Ford Foundation presented an alternative vision where global health comes before the interests of rich countries and pharmaceutical companies.”

“COVID-19 has shown us how the ancestral knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities can pave the way for more resilient food systems, and even prevent future pandemics by protecting forests,” said Levi SugarCoordinator of the Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques. “This playbook makes those lessons readily available.”

“The Global Polarization Initiative – a unique, multi-year collaboration between the Ford Foundation and the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) – aims to bring a more holistic, practice-oriented, solutions-oriented perspective to the complex problem of polarization. polarization Playbook recognizes this growing threat to democracy and peace, and stresses how essential stemming the rise of polarization is for an equitable recovery,” said Marc FreemanDirector General of the Institute for Integrated Transitions. “Using field research, global meetings and country case studies, Ford and IFIT will help foster new thinking and highlight promising strategies to prevent and mitigate the most dangerous forms of polarization. and the most destructive in very diverse contexts.”

SOURCE Ford Foundation