Branches that were able to adapt to a changing operational reality during the Covid-19 crisis played significant roles in mitigating the crisis in their communities. The pandemic was and continues to be an opportunity for branches to move forward in their innovation and digitalisation journey.
Branches who are developing their innovation and digitalisation in COVID time are:
Effective integration of technology was critical for National Societies and their branches to communicate, plan and implement activities under travel restrictions.
Digitalisation is accompanied by risks, and branches must actively engage in discussions on cybersecurity issues. Educating volunteers and employees and joining networks and partnerships that can accelerate digital learning and capacities will support the process.
Testing ideas, learning by doing and improving it along the way and scaling it up, were some key factors for branches to promote creativity and adapt to changing contexts. To do this, a culture of accepting imperfection, learning and adjusting from experience was essential.
There have also been some unexpected benefits from moving to online meetings. National Societies reported cost savings related to meeting online, greater participation of branches in decision making, and better attendance in general meetings and board meetings.
We prepared and launched two emergency appeals in 2020, and the appeal coordination with the branche...more
We prepared and launched two emergency appeals in 2020, and the appeal coordination with the branches all took place via Zoom. Being digitally connected has led to some developments in the National Society. Pre-Covid, when meetings were scheduled the time management of meetings was complex, now online meetings mean that individuals have to better manage their time. People are more attentive in online meetings.
Branches felt more valued by being connected to HQ via zoom meetings. Now there is more flexibility ...more
Branches felt more valued by being connected to HQ via zoom meetings. Now there is more flexibility for board members who cannot participate physically but can now join board meetings on zoom.