The unprecedented economic and health effects of the pandemic have damaged the social fabric of many communities. Vulnerable communities have found it even harder to access basic food, services and amenities, and criminal organizations have filled that void by providing these services, enforcing lockdowns or generally increasing their control and legitimacy among citizens.
Despite all of these growing and grave challenges, we have witnessed that communities are able to respond to support their communities, not only in their immediate needs due to the pandemic, but in their longer-term missions to wrest back control from criminal governance.
The Resilience Fund has acted flexibly and proactively to respond to these challenges and support its partners through these difficult times. Based on consultations with a broad geographic range of Fund partners, this report documents how communities on the frontline against organized crime have been affected by the pandemic, what they have done to respond and how they are working towards their longer-term goals of building resilience to organized crime.