NGOs feel the pinch

HARARE - Government’s failure to adequately fund the health sector is piling pressure on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to mobilise support resources, a senior Plan International (Plan) official said.

Plan’s Manicaland programme area manager, Stanislaus Dawa, said in light of that, NGOs should form ways to unlock funding.

“Government is going through a serious challenge in resource mobilisation and it is important for every stakeholder to source funding to assist,” Dawa told an Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) provincial stakeholders meeting.

He said on the back of the current challenging global economic climate, funders were increasingly becoming more particular about who they trust with their funds.

Adding that as part of more stringent funding requirements, most donor agencies now required ample proof and justification to the extent that “research dossiers are attached to funding proposals”.

“Many donors have now switched off and are now demanding that we submit research papers to support our proposals. We need to up our game in terms of resource mobilisation,” he said.

Dawa said ASRH service provision had, however, been a neglected area for a while although there was a huge need for it.

“ASRH is one component of the health sector that has been neglected but there is a lot of justification for interventions in that area,” Dawa said.

He said although the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council had the mandate to offer such services, it was currently not getting funding, which was confirmed by its Manicaland provincial manager, Dyson Masvingise.

“We are indeed not getting funding for the services and as an organisation we currently only have three major funding partners in National Aids Council, International Parenthood Programme Fund and UNFPA,” Masvingise said.

Masvingise said there appeared to be a donor preference for non-State organisations.

“We are a parastatal and it appears there is a preference to fund organisations that do not directly fall under government control but we are enjoying a good working relationship with our partners,” he said.

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