Advantages and Value of Funding NGOs in the Global South

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K4D, Knowledge, Evidence, and Learning for Development

This rapid literature review examines the advantages or added value of providing donor funding directly to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in the global south, rather than channelling such funding through International NonGovernmental Organisations (INGOs). The literature reveals that United Nations (UN) agencies and INGOs receive the bulk of donor funding and operate as intermediaries between donors and NGOs located in developing countries. Donors prefer to operate through intermediaries in order to reduce the administrative burden of managing multiple contracts and relationships, as well as to transfer the risk of managing local partners to the intermediaries . However, case study evidence from South Sudan and Somalia indicates that direct funding to NGOs in the south is increasing.

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