Resource mobilisation toolkit

Resource mobilisation toolkit

How to mobilise funds and other resources for financial self-reliance

This toolkit includes a handbook, a trainer manual and a web-based interactive course (delivered through locally customised CD-ROMs) all aimed at civil society organisations in the South and exploring issues of financial sustainability for small organisations.

The handbook entitled "Towards Financial Self-Reliance: A handbook on Resource Mobilization for Civil Society Organizations in the South" (Published by Earthscan, February 2001) is a clear and practical guide aimed at the managers of civil society organisations, including NGOs, citizens' movements, cooperatives, trade unions and other grass-roots organisations primarily in developing countries, on how to mobilise funds and other resources and in doing so become financially self-reliant.

The author examines numerous and varied options, covering earned income, local foundations, governmental sources, foreign agencies, the corporate sector, microcredit, the internet and social investments, setting these within a strategic overview of planning and management effectiveness. Included as an appendix to the handbook are 20 commentaries from leading practitioners in resource mobilisation. These commentaries help to situate the handbook regionally and demonstrate that the handbook is relevant in settings as diverse as India, Thailand, Kenya and Argentina.

The trainer manual accompanying the handbook provides additional materials to help teach the material in the handbook, including overheads, training tips, and lesson plans.