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Stiff competition for funding prompts NGOs to partner

BY TERRON DEWAR Business reporter dewart@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 04, 2014    

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A shortage of funding has prompted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to consider collaborating on projects rather than competing for limited available financing.

A working group representing 23 organisations from the 'third sector' suggests that a well- promoted donor registry should be established to consolidate their efforts in sourcing funds.

Community and NGO network systems can also be used to facilitate greater information sharing and project collaborations among them, according to the NGOs present at Digicel Foundation's Community Development Forum held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday.

"A donor registry represents a platform that can be used to track donors, the type of projects that they are willing to finance, and at what value," said Sherry-Ann Gray, a technical specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). "This, along with the establishment of network and support groups, will better enable members of the third sector to communicate with each other about the work that each is doing, best practices and shared objectives."

The shrinking of donor funds over the years has resulted in greater competition among NGOs, which have become increasingly aware of overlapping interests where the projects of their counterparts within the same community have similar objectives and outcomes.

Higher levels of collaboration and information sharing, therefore, can also reduce duplication of efforts, while stretching the limited pool of funds available to the third sector.

DoGood Jamaica's catalogue of registered NGOs in Jamaica now has 193 organisations.

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