by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
KARACHI, August 24: The 4-day workshop on resource mobilisation for civil society organisation (CSOs) was concluded at a local hotel in Karachi, with the conclusion that diversification of funding sources is critical for the existence and sustainability of CSOs.
The workshop was organised by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for his partner organisations in Pakistan, with the main objective to enhance the knowledge of participants on various ways of resource mobilisation in local context. The participating organisations included Karakoram Area Development Organisation (KADO), Baltistan Culture and Development Foundation (BSF), Veer D I Khan, SPARC, Shirkat Gha, South Asia Partnership and Khwendo Khor.
During the sessions, experts from the Family Education Services Foundation (FESF), Akhuwat, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and The Citizen Foundation made presentations regarding their resource mobilisation experiences. JS Investment, Acumen Fun, Shell Pakistan, Indus Motors, Engro Group, Shekha
and Mufti Chartered Accountants also shared detailed presentations about the funds dispersed and available to organisations under corporate social responsibilities (CSR). The SDC partner organisations also shared with each other their resource mobilisation experiences and developed draft resource mobilisation plans for their organisations.
Nicole Ruder, Acting Country Director, SDC stressed the organisation to diversify its funding sources in order to sustain services to their target communities. The participating organisations highlighted the need to organise forums in order to build linkages and understandings among corporate sector and CSOs
to implement different development projects.