Resources: Impact Fellowships Summit

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We’ve crowdsourced the following list of online resources from the summit's community to help navigate new challenges posed by the coronavirus. Please consider nominating other resources for this page.

IREX is committed to helping the fellowship community adapt its work during these challenging times. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please consult sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

On this page


Online events and webinars

WSJ Tech Health Program
Date: June 2, 2020
Organizer: Wall Street Journal

Keeping Up During COVID-19
Date: June 3, 2020
Organizer: YNPN Phoenix

5th Women and Leadership Conference
Dates: June 7–10, 2020
Organizer: International Leadership Association

Digital Accessibility Conference
Dates: June 9–11, 2020
Organizer: Kent Connects—University of Kent and Kent County Council

Shifting to Our Virtual World
Date: June 24, 2020
Organizers: IREX and Submittable


General resources

Challenges and solutions for fellowship programs during the pandemic: Crowdsourced discussion sheet (IREX)

COVID-19 and global development: "For the Global Development Community, COVID-19 Poses Big Questions" (Devex)

Leadership during COVID-19: "Crisis Leadership During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Xenophobia" (International Leadership Association Inc.)

Success stories: How alumni for exchange programs are making a difference during the pandemic (U.S. Department of State)

Responding to COVID-19: "How IREX Can Help Communities Respond to COVID-19 or Prepare for Future Pandemics" (IREX)

Toolkit for virtual exchanges: Virtual Exchange Toolkit (PDF, 592 KB; U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)


Courses on accessibility: 

Creating accessible forms: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Accessible Submission Forms (Submittable)

Recommendations for individuals with disabilities: "Disability-Specific Recommendations for COVID-19" (New Mobility)

Virtual exchanges: "Accessible Virtual Exchanges" (Mobility International USA)

Going virtual

Collaborating and learning online: Online Collaboration Guide for Facilitators (IREX)

Forum for discussion: "COVID-19 International Development Forum" (Devpolicy Blog)

Improving your online conference: "5 Strategies for Making Your Virtual Conference as Valuable as a Face-to-Face Event" (Trade Show News Network)

Online facilitation: "Library of Facilitation Techniques" (SessionLab)

Software for online applications: "Standing Together: Software to Manage Emergency Grants and Relief Funds" (Submittable)

Technology checklist: "30 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Virtual Event Platform" (Bizzabo)

Tips for effective remote work: "Now That You’re Working Remotely—How to Make It Work" (Harvard Business Publishing)

Webinar on facilitation: "How to Succeed at Virtual Facilitation" (Action Learning Associates)


Business and management: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion (Purdue University & FutureLearn)

Community development training: Inclusion of Minorities in Community Development (Alison)

COVID-19 and gender equality: "COVID-19: What Does This Mean for Gender?" (Geneva Centre for Security Policy)

Inclusive design for online education: Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education (Coursera)

Inclusive leadership training:

Leadership management:


Business courses for leadership: "Business Courses on edX" (edX)

Motivating remote staff: "COVID-19 Pandemic: Supervisor Tips & Tools for Motivating Remote Staff to Stay Engaged and Productive" (University of Pittsburgh)

Tips for working from home: "9 Tips To Be Productive When Working at Home During COVID-19" (Forbes)


Free-time activities: "Fun Activities To Keep You Busy During The COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place" (City of Los Altos)

Online art events: "Online Arts Events During the COVID-19 Outbreak" (Creative Capital)

Online courses for health, safety, and education: "Catalog of Online Courses" (Harvard University)

Social distancing & self-quarantine: "Coronavirus, Social and Physical Distancing and Self-Quarantine" (Johns Hopkins Medicine)