In the current development space, funding for core humanitarian interventions are constrained by economic recession, changing priorities by Governments at the national, regional and global levels. Regardless of the availability of funds we have the moral responsibility to ensure that development challenges are addressed to build resilience of communities and prevent humanitarian crisis.
To this end African Women Development Fund (AWDF) organised a Resource Mobilization Boot Camp for 19 Civil Society Organisations from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, from 27th – 30th August, 2017 at Tomerik Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The boot camp was organised to build capacities of organisations on resource mobilization as well as develop a strategy to guide resource mobilization activities. The Resource Mobilization Boot Camp compliments the on-going review of WEP’s governance systems aimed at providing strategic direction to fund raising.
Due to the shrinking funding space, organizations were advised to broaden their funding base to reflect a variety of revenue streams that include funding from donors, corporate sponsors, public sector subsidies, charitable contributions, personal investments and other funding or investment mechanisms. This will allow for a diversification of funding sources so as not to threaten the effective implementation of critical programs that improve the lives of their beneficiaries.
The contextual situation of CSOs environment was assessed using the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. Using the Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency and Stability (GIVES) model, participants identified the most suitable approach to fund raising.
At the end of the training, each participant developed a zero draft Resource Mobilization Strategy for the period of 5 years to provide strategic direction for their organisations having been equipped with the technical skills to support Resource Mobilization in their organisations.