Beginning in July, MCLD will offer a six-part course on Domestic Resource Mobilization, led by Master Trainer Sharon Olang of Change the Game Academy. (CTG) This participatory, customized course will enroll members of our National Chapters and other civil society leaders from around the world. Change the Game “aims to change the ‘rules’ of the development game: transferring power to communities and enabling them to shape their own future. Many civil society organizations in the Global South depend on foreign funding to do their work, which makes them vulnerable and puts them at risk of working donor-driven. Change the Game Academy aims to end this dependency by supporting autonomous local organizations to strengthen their fundraising capacity.”
MCLD is excited to partner with CTG to offer this course in response to demand from our Movement members, as reflected in our co-created National Chapters Umbrella Strategy In this strategy, our Chapters and our members are asking to connect with peers from around the world, for responsive and tailored capacity development opportunities, for recognition, and resource generation skills. It’s well established that most international funding never reaches domestic civil society organizations, and competing for it distracts from true local priorities, pits local groups against each other, and consumes precious time and energy.
Thus CTG–and many MLCD members–are focused on domestic resource mobilization. According to CTG, this approach “not only enhances financial sustainability but also increases community engagement, local ownership and legitimacy of organizations. Additionally, because organizations with a local support base are better positioned to hold their governments accountable, CTG also trains organizations to mobilize support from governments.”
If you are interested in the course or know someone who might be, it is open to all at no cost. The first session will offer everyone a chance to try it out. Those who commit, and complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. (And make friends with inspiring peers along the way!) Contact the Movement to find out more–or watch for the announcement.
Cover Photo: TheHungerProject, Johannes Ode, Doutin Benin