Helpdesk Report: K4D - Learning with Small and Medium sized CSOs

Report
from Department for International Development
Published on 15 Feb 2019 View Original

Abstract

Small and medium-sized Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are often in a privileged position to participate in a type of community development that is based on relationships and in tune with community needs. Yet, small and medium-sized CSOs in the Global South have traditionally been excluded from access to international resources, which are more likely to be captured by Northern or large, highly professionalised Southern CSOs. This is a missed opportunity: big donors could learn much from having a closer partnership with smaller local partners. Big donors interested in promoting the organisational capacity of such organisations might consider flexible, core funding, and the promotion of mutual learning

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development