University of Edinburgh Business School

Interorganisational and Intersectoral Responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is not only a significant threat to our health and well-being, but it has also presented pressing challenges to the realisation of large-scale collective action.

To develop viable solutions across issues ranging from testing to building health care capacities, actors from the private, public, and third sectors have to find ways of acting collectively. As yet, however, we have limited understanding about why some collaborations work very well but others do not.

This database is a repository of intersectoral and interorganisational collaborations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection will help manage the increase in information on collective action initiatives, collating it in one place and aiding research into the area. Contributions to this database are welcome—the aim is to collect as much information as possible. It is also freely available for people to use. Please do not hesitate to contact Cristina Smith Garcia if you have any questions or suggestions.


Research and Testing Initiatives

Apple and Google

Partners

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA)

Description

  • Apple and Google are partnering to create a contact-tracing app to follow COVID-19 infection traces through the use of Bluetooth
  • The CDC proposes guidance for the usage and development of the app, using information like the ‘PACT Protocol’

Media Coverage

Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and Milwaukee Public Health Lab

Partners

  • Exact Sciences
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Promega
  • UW Health

Description

  • Shared knowledge, resources and technology to bolster Wisconsin’s testing efforts
  • Main aim to double the number of tests the Wisconsin Clinical Lab network does per day (from 1,500/2,000)

Media Coverage

The White House and The Department of Energy

Partners

  • Primarily IBM, but Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are also contributing

Description

  • Working with a number of national labs and other institutions to offer a total of 330 petaflops of supercomputing to various projects in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modelling

Media Coverage


PPE Supply

GetUsPPE

Partners

  • Project N95

Description

  • The Demand Data Hub are combining their PPE demand information into one big database where health services can report their needs

Media Coverage

America Makes

Partners

  • FDA
  • Various 3D Printing organisations

Description

  • Facilitate public-private partnerships to enable 3D printing organisations to develop PPE

Media Coverage

SEAT

Partners

  • Spanish Agency of Medicine

Description

  • Production of emergency ventilators

Media Coverage

Inditex

Partners

  • Ministry of Public Health (Spain)

Description

  • Allowed the full disposition of the company’s logistic, commercial, and resource capacity to the Spanish Government
  • A weekly delivery of PPE (masks, gloves, goggles, facial and shoe protection) from China
  • Production of face masks and lab coats for hospitals

Media Coverage


Protection of Groups and Fundraising

AfroChampions Initiative

Partners

  • African Union
  • Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Description

  • Aim to raise $150 million for ‘immediate needs’
  • $400 million for medical response (commodities, deployment of medical staff, socioeconomic support)

Media Coverage

Intercontinental Hotel Groups

Partners

  • Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan)

Description

  • The mayor can block-book rooms at a discounted rate using a £1.6 billion fund allocated to the ‘COVID-19 Homeless Sector Plan’ to house the homeless and keep them protected

Media Coverage