Future Funding

A thriving local civil society is fundamental to sustainable development, and locally-led and owned development also offers legitimacy and value for money. Yet few of the resources allocated for development efforts are currently directly managed by Southern CSOs. This under-resourcing hampers efforts to build a resilient and future-fit sector.

The current system has led to many, such as Civicus, calling for a faster transition of power into the hands of those closest to the issues.

In recent years, many donors have increased efforts to fund Southern civil society directly, but substantial challenges remain. Meanwhile, international CSOs - including many Bond members - have begun to explore how they can better facilitate a shift of power and money to the South.

Bond’s Future Funding programme brings together donors and global civil society to promote this shared agenda, with practical steps to help manage this critical transition. 


The future of funding: Funding to support a thriving civil society in the Global South
Future Funding Forum: Report on the opening event
Trends and Priorities in the Foundation Sector in the 21st Century
Local First in Practice: Unlocking the power to get things done
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Report Cover
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Blogs and papers

Funding innovation in international development
5 ways funding can help local civil society to thrive
Beyond Buzzwords, do community foundations offer an alternative to top-down development?
From rhetoric to reality – how do we move beyond intentions when it comes to funding local CSOs directly?
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A successful project to wean civil society organizations off aid
Five reasons donors give for not funding local NGOs directly


Funding for Innovation

Future Funding Forum: Final roundtable
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