Institute of Public Opinion and Research - IPOR results for the 2021 Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for #Malawi shows that local CSOs struggle to compete for funding from international donors, in part because they are unable to afford required audits and produce strategic plans as they are requirements for some calls for funding. The results released weeks ago, point the fact that local CSOs’ proposal drafting skills are low and have problems writing proposals geared toward their long-term organisational goals.
International CSOs highlight Malawian CSOs’ lack of capacity and inability to meet donor requirements as reasons to bypass them in the implementation of projects.
Local CSOs continued to raise concerns in 2021 that the drive to “Malawianize” international CSOs by registering them as local organisations would prevent indigenous CSOs from developing.
The CSOSI shows that most CSOs have not embraced the spirit of diversification in their search for funds such that few organizations have sources of funding other than donor aid.
The CSOSI was first established 20 years ago to report on the strength and viability of the civil society sector in countries that the index covers.
The #Malawi report is prepared in consultation with a team of CSO leaders using a standard scoring template, with a focus on seven key dimensions namely legal environment, organisational development, organasational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, service provision, sectoral infrastructure and public image. On a scale of 1 to 7, the CSOSI for Malawi was 5.1 which means sustainability was impended