3rd Country Training on Resource Mobilisation, Project Planning and Proposal Writing

It was an exceptionally cold week when more than 50 participants of various non- profit organisations from across South Africa met for the 3rd Country Training on Resource Mobilisation, Project Planning and Proposal Writing held from the 3rd to 7th June 2013. 

While South Africa is adopting progressive regulations for greater corporate social investment, many non- profits and community based organisations are still not equipped with the required skills to write “bank-able” business plans and project proposals that will allow it to access such corporate social investment funding. The workshop also came at a time when non- profits and community based organisations are operating in a very competitive environment with declining support from international donors and a depressed world economy being at the order of the day.

The workshop was organized by the Regional Partnership for Resource Development in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Sisters with the aim of building the capacity of non- profits and community based organisations to manage and mobilise resources. The workshop created awareness with participants that fundraising is not the only way to ensuring resources and income into a non- profit and community based organisation. The skills and qualifications of staff should be optimised for income generation and non- profits therefore need to look at consultancy services. Other ways for income generation that was identified during the workshop included renting out facilities and equipment as well as harnessing the skills and capabilities of project beneficiaries for income and job creation.

It was emphasised that there are thousands of non- profits and community based organisations in South Africa who compete for the same limited resources. Corporates however look at organisations that show a good track record on corporate governance, sustainability and effective project management and those are the qualities that should be marketed by non- profit and community based organisations.

Competing for government work should not be the exclusive terrain of for- profit companies. Non- profits and community based organisations offer value for money services, while their expertise in many areas can be optimised by government. Current tender requirements do not favour non- profits and community based organisations and The Mvula Trust resolved that it will continue advocating for additional tender requirements that will encourage the increased participation of non- profit and community based organisations in the procurement policies of all levels of government.

Participants completed presentations, submitted course work, made new contacts and friends and reported their appreciation to the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) for continued support to the develop agenda in South Africa.

The MVULA TRUST
A Leading Developmental NGO

Updated on 26 July 2013

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