CSOs urged to diversify resource mobilization by tapping into local sources

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been advised to diversify their means of resource mobilisation by turning to local funders so as to keep them continue running their development projects in the event of decreasing traditional foreign aid.

Speaking at a one day workshop held in Dar es Salaam on ‘Mobilizing Private Local Resources for Development’ coordinated by The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and the East African Association of Grant-makers (EAAG), Mr. Evans Okinyi, the Chief Executive Officer of EAAG said it is key for organisations to go for the diversification strategy when it comes to resource mobilization, and hence ensure their sustainability of projects.

“Going forward both CSOs and facilitating organisations should diversify their resource base and use local philanthropy to mobilise resources for their sustainability of programmes,” he added.   

For his part, Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the FCS Executive Director said, “The present funding situation to local CSOs in Tanzania has decreased due to subsequent fall of the traditional foreign aid. Thus, CSOs should go an extra mile and attract local philanthropists as a backup to their programmes’ sustainability”.

Testifying that local philanthropy really works in Tanzania, Mr. Mwadhini Myanza from Morogoro Municipal Foundation says their organisation was able to mobilize resources from local community and citizens to provide for the flood victims in Kilosa district, Morogoro region. He said they were able to solicit donations worth TZS 50 million, including cash money, clothing, household items and other goods.”

The workshop aimed at sharing experiences and see how CSOs can find a way to make the sector moving and successful by mobilizing resources through local giving/philanthropy.

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