Five Reasons Donors Give for Not Funding Local NGOs Directly

by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Nov 9, 2015
Only a tiny amount of funding goes directly to grassroots NGOs, which is undermining progress towards truly sustainable development.
Five Reasons Donors Give for Not Funding Local NGOs Directly
  • Lots of southern and smaller civil society organizations do not have the capacity to fill in all the donor's forms, let alone spend their money effectively.
  • Donors may not have the administrative capacity to give smaller amounts of money.
  • Donors need to channel money through a few, trusted partners so that they can manage risk and comply with their own rules.
  • Donors have a strict anti-terror and anti-money laundering rules that make giving directly difficult.
  • Donors are under domestic political pressure to fund through civil society organizations in their home countries.
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