Where’s the money?Voices: Oxfam Link and Learn, 14November 2012Facilitator: Melanie Judge
Framing questions• Where has the money gone?• What can/should we be doing to keep it here?• Do we need the money? What do we need it for?• How do we show value for money?
Session process• Unpacking the context (plenary) What factors have influenced the changes in donor/development funding• Critical considerations and future actions (small groups)• Feedback, discussion and debate (plenary)
Context• Global financial crisis• Shift in perception (South Africa) and changed donor priorities• Disproportionate affect on advocacy initiatives• Changed donor relationships/dynamics• Over-reliance on foreign donors?• Going local: unlocking resources from business, individuals, the State?
Takes us beyond the moneyquestion• Why who we are and what we do matters?• What is to be sustained, how and by whom?
Thinking critically• Thinking differently about sustainability• How we relate and with whom: communities, movements, State, funders• Defending the role of civil society: democracy building, accountability and public participation/agency• Making the case for advocacy, human rights and social justice organisations