5 ways small NGOs can broaden their reach

Young women who benefit from a skills and leadership development program by local NGO Karen Women Organization and its partner International Women’s Development Agency. How can local NGOs improve their chances of working with larger donors? Photo by: Angela Wylie / The Age / International Women's Development Agency / DfAT / CC BY

Local development organizations play an important role in impacting local communities. With a unique understanding of the local context in which development programs are being implemented and the ability to mobilize on the ground quickly, these groups are effective and adaptable. But they often struggle to expand the scope and scale of their interventions.

Large donors such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.K. Department for International Development have expressed their desire to work closer with local nongovernmental organizations by funding them directly. Organizational and administrative capacity issues, however, often get in the way of that goal.

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    David Kirba

    David is a writer and photographer based in Addis Ababa. He enjoys writing about the changes sweeping through his adopted country, Ethiopia. Before starting his freelance career, David worked as a copywriter in some of Ethiopia's largest advertising and PR agencies. He has contributed to newspapers and magazines in India and Ethiopia since 2001.