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王筱昀 Cheng Yuan|Cross the river by feeling the stones: How did nonlocal grassroots nonprofits overcome administrative barriers to provide quick responses to COVID-19?

2021.06.11

作者:王筱昀 Cheng Yuan (Daniel)

来源:Public Administration and Development    Volume 41, Issue 2. 2021.


王筱昀|中国人民大学公共管理学院讲师

Abstract / 摘要

This field report explores how nonlocal grassroots organizations provided effective and quick responses during the initial stage of the COVID‐19 outbreak in Wuhan and surrounding regions. Despite the lack of resources and local connections, they were able to overcome administrative failures and provide quick responses to the crisis. Built on a researcher‐practitioner collaborative action research project, three strategies facilitating grassroots organizations " quick and effective responses are analyzed and discussed: putting pandemic relief as the strategic priority of their organizations, leveraging social media platforms to scale up existing organizational networks and foster cross‐sector collaboration, and effective online trust‐building. As COVID‐19 unprecedently pushes nonprofits to transform how they deliver services and engage stakeholders, these findings have important policy and theoretical implications for an expanded view of how nonprofits may engage in disaster responses and how public and private funders may shift their funding strategies to cultivate such capacities of grassroots nonprofits.

Key Words / 关键词

administrative failure; COVID‐19; China; disaster responses; grassroots nonprofit organization

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