MacArthur Foundation Awards Grant to CITAD for Vaccine Acceptance Access
By Umar Yunusa
The Centre for Information Technology and Development(CITAD) has been awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its work to promote vaccine acceptance and access for marginalized groups in northern regions in Nigeria.
The grant is part of roughly $80 million in awards MacArthur was announced in support of the foundation’s Equitable Recovery Initiative, centered on advancing racial and ethnic justice.
The initiative which is funded by MacArthur’s social bonds, is in response to the crises of the pandemic and racial inequity.
In its announcement, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation said “As we emerge from this moment of crisis, we have an opportunity to improve the critical systems that people and places need to thrive. Our systems and structures must be rebuilt,” said MacArthur President John Palfrey.
“We are committed to ensuring that our response to the pandemic is focused on supporting the reimagining of systems that create a more just, equitable, and resilient world.”
CITAD is one of the organizations receiving grants advancing the Public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery focus area of the Foundation’s initiative.
This is in a bid to advance public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation.
This recovery akso supports improving access to resources for immediate health challenges while advancing new policies, models, and structures to support a more equitable and resilient public health sector in the future.
MacArthur is also supporting work in that focus, as well as three other areas; Racial Justice Field Support, with a focus on combatting anti-Blackness, supports building Black power by supporting Black-led and -focused philanthropic organizations.
According to the statement, MacArthur also will take a leadership role in positioning reparations and racial healing as issues that philanthropy helps to meaningfully address issues such as Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples supports especially in uplifting Indigenous communities to enable autonomous pursuit of a recovery guided by their priorities, cultures, and practices.
The MacArthur project also aims at an Equitable Housing Demonstration Project supports restoring communities and reducing incarceration and housing instability by generating an array of housing solutions that can help to permanently end the use of jails and prisons as housing of last resort.
It was also revealed that almost two-thirds of the awards represent new grantee relationships, and most of the organizations are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led or -serving.
In the fall of 2020, MacArthur established a $125 million Equitable Recovery Initiative. The Foundation deployed $40 million of bond proceeds through 24 grants. Initial grants focused on strengthening voter mobilization and election protection, addressing anti-Black racism, and supporting Native Americans impacted by COVID-19. Grants also supported Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in Chicago, technology and justice, and a fund for social entrepreneurs advancing racial equity.