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Resource Mobilization.

Exploring the Potential of Local Resource Mobilization in Chakwal

Partner: Plan International

Year: 2010

Locale: Chakwal

Team Members: Gulbaz Ali Khan

Most of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Pakistan are heavily dependent on foreign funding and little effort is taken by these organizations to tap the hidden domestic resources available in the country. Limited foreign funding and heavy dependence on it leads to the need for domestic resource mobilization. Evidence has shown that domestic funding sources cane be tapped into by local organizations for their programmes. Resources are provided in the shape of Zakat (obligation) and Saddaqat (provisional) to trusts, foundations and CSOs. This immense potential exists in the country, which may be explored by local organizations for funding their resources.

SDPI was supported by PLAN International to provide baseline information on the available resources in the district Chakwal, to find out the potential for local resource mobilization.

The SDPI team collected more than ten case studies from potential sources and found that the corporate sector, the business community, individual philanthropists and trusts have potential which may be tapped into by local organizations. Networking is a key to success which requires immediate attention of all the stakeholders. There is a need to develop a network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the district, which would ensure participation of the all the national and local level organizations. It would also serve as a platform for raising collective voices and sharing knowledge. It will also help the CSOs and Plan Pakistan to focus on these areas for future local level interventions in the district.

During the visits and discussion sessions with different stakeholders, it was revealed that an advocacy campaign must be initiated in the district to create pressure groups in the district to influence key policy makers at the local and provincial level. In a consultative meeting with Plan partners, it has been decided to develop a dedicated “Advocacy Unit” for reaching and influencing policy makers. SDPI will provide technical support to the interested organizations in developing the units and will train the staff with financial help from Plan Pakistan.

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