Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) SARPN thematic photo
Regional themes > Children and education Last update: 2019-09-11  
leftnavspacer
Search





 Related documents

Save the Children

Bottlenecks and drip-feeds:
Chanelling resources to communities responding to orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa


Entraves e Conta-gotas:
Canalizar recursos a comunidades responsбveis por crianзas orfгos e vulnerбveis na Бfrica Austral


Save the Children (UK)


Posted with permission of Ms Sian Long, Save the Children, Pretoria. The full report will be available shortly.
[ Share with a friend  ]

English Portuguese
[Download complete version - 88Kb < 1min (6 pages)]

Executive summary

One of the biggest challenges in southern Africa is how to support the huge and growing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children within their own communities. Small groups of committed community members are already caring for children – but are in urgent need of more funds and technical support to ensure all orphans and vulnerable children receive the support they need.

This briefing document summarises findings from recent research by Save the Children UK in southern Africa and offers key recommendations.1 It identifies a number of ‘bottlenecks’ that are stopping the smooth flow of funds to support community initiatives:
  • providing resources to communities is not taken seriously at global and national level
  • current mechanisms do not allow for resource ‘flows’ that reach community-based organisations (CBOs)2
  • lack of clarity about the numbers of children reached and the quality of interventions
  • donors and governments are not held accountable for spending to support community initiatives.


Footnotes:
  1. This research involved a literature review and interviews with people working at local and district level, including: communitybased organisations, faith communities, small NGOs and local government officials in Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. At national and provincial levels, government agencies, international and religious donors, NGOs, inter-governmental agencies, local donors, trust funds and community foundations were interviewed. In all, 70 interviews took place with donors, central government representatives, intermediaries and community-based organisations.

  2. Community-based organisation (CBO) here refers to an organisation that does not have paid staff and is supported by local contributions.

[Documento completo - 85Kb < 1min (2 pages)]

Sumбrio Executivo

Na Бfrica Austral, um dos maiores desafios й como sustentar uma quantidade enorme e crescente de crianзas orfгos e vulnerбveis dentro das suas prуprias comunidades Pequenos grupos de membros dedicados а comunidade jб cuidam de crianзas – mas necessitam urgentemente de mais recursos financeiros e de apoio tйcnico para garantir que todos os crianзas orfгos e vulnerбveis recebam o apoio de que necessitam.

Este documento explicativo apresenta um sumбrio das conclusхes tiradas duma recente investigaзгo da Save the Children UK na Бfrica Austral e oferece importantes recomendaзхes.1 Identifica um determinado nъmero de ‘entraves’ que estгo a interromper a circulaзгo normal de recursos financeiros com o fim de apoiar iniciativas de comunidades:
  • a nнvel global e nacional, nгo se toma a sйrio o fornecimento de recursos a grupos comunitбrios
  • os actuais mecanismos nгo possibilitam ‘fluxos’ que se dirigem a organizaзхes estabelecidas em comunidades (OBCs)2
  • falta de clareza sobre os nъmeros de crianзas atingidas e a qualidade das intervenзхes
  • os dadores e governos nгo se responsabilizam por despesas para apoiar as iniciativas de comunidades.


Notas de fim de pagina
  1. Esta investigaзгo envolveu uma revisгo de publicaзхes e entrevistas com pessoas a trabalhar a nнvel local e distrital incluindo: organizaзхes baseada na comunidade, comunidades religiosas, pequenas ONGs e membros do governo local em Moзambique, na Бfrica do Sul, Suazilвndia e Zimbabwe. A nнvel nacional e provincial, foram entrevistadas as agкncias governamentais, dadores internacionais e religiosos, ONGs, agкncias inter-governmamentais, dadores locais, fundos fiduciбrios e e fundaзхes comunitбrias. No total, realizaram-se 70 entrevistas com 48 dadores e intermediбrios e 26 organizaзхes baseada na comunidade.

  2. Neste caso, a organizaзгo baseada na comunidade (OBC) refere-se a uma organizaзгo que nгo tem pessoal pago e que й apoiada por contribuiзхes locais.



Octoplus Information Solutions Top of page | Home | Contact SARPN | Disclaimer