19 April 2020
Impact of COVID

Hello everyone,  

I hope you are doing well during this particular period we’re going through,  

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are living in unprecedented moments and just like you, we had to adapt to this situation. Kinomé is taking action to limit the spread of the virus while ensuring business continuity. We first secured the team members and everyone we work with. Teams deployed abroad follow the recommendations of local authorities and favor teleworking, in concert with local partners. 

 Following the recommendations of the French authorities, we have closed our premises until further notice. Then, we reorganized to continue working remotely. We are continuing our activity, focusing on what can be done now, and from a distance. For the end of the quarantine planned in France on May 11, we are in the process of consulting with the other actors of the city of Sustainable Development with whom we share the campus of the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale de Paris in Nogent sur Marne, to prepare at best our return. 

Surely, every crisis reveals its content of suffering but also lessons and opportunities. Kinomé successfully experiments remote working methods and new communication channels. We received from some of you treasures of creativity in order to adapt quickly to this difficult context. We are listening even more to our colleagues, our partners and the world! We will capitalize on the positive of this experience to deploy it in the coming weeks when we can meet again! I will let you read our continuity plan below for current projects and activities. 

Nicolas Métro, CEO & Founder of Kinomé 

Case 1: 

Studies that have already been subject to data collection in the field and that are currently in the analysis and synthesis phase 

and 

Study in the start-up phase and requesting first a bibliographic review and data collection by electronic surveys or remote interviews 

All studies that do not require travel to the field are maintained; discussion and validation of deliverables with our customers is done by videoconference. 

Case 2: 

Interventions requiring data collection in the field 

When the conditions of the client and partners allow it, studies requiring data collection in the field (workshops, surveys, site visits) or interventions in the field are postponed to a later date (rather end of 2020). However, we unfortunately had to cancel some of them. 

Case 3: 

Projects receiving long-term technical assistance 

We adapt to each constraint and context of the country concerned, and do it on a case-by-case basis. At the beginning of April, we sent a questionnaire to our local partners allowing us to assess the impact of the crisis on several levels: on the lives of the populations in the project area, on the operations in progress and on the planning to know if we must anticipate a time lag or a reallocation of resources. We have also left it open to developing new actions deemed to be of higher priority in order to respond above all to the basic needs of the populations. If you would like to know more about the status of our programs in West Africa and South America, please don’t hesitate to contact us.