The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent efforts to control the spread through school and business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, has meant that many aspects of daily life have moved online. Before the pandemic hit, the world had made huge leaps in improving online access over the last 25 years. Recent estimates claim that there are approximately 4.6 billion internet users worldwide and 3.8 billion active social media users; the global online penetration rate is estimated at 59%. Compare this to 1995, when less than 1% of the world’s population was connected to the internet.
Let's start by acknowledging that I'm a millennial. I should love all things with screens, buttons to like or dislike something instantly, news feeds, video feeds, Twitter feeds, and the ability to find or buy anything I want online so I can avoid all unnecessary excursions that take me away from those screens. This also means I should fully revel in the glory of remote work, as I have a job where I am fortunate enough to be able to do my work remotely.
COVID-19 is bringing disruption to practically every organization’s business and financial model. At the same time, for many of us in the NGO sector, it is requiring an all-hands approach to meeting the current needs of the moment—responding in real time to the crisis and working longer and harder each day to do it. And, of course, doing it as a distributed team with everyone working from home.