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Strengthening of Civil Society

Mission in Focus

Brazil has a strong third sector with civil society organizations (CSOs) that make a difference in the areas where they operate. How can we contribute to help the initiatives with more significant impact to stay active and expand their reach?

  • We believe in a flexible development model that promotes the institutional strengthening of organizations.

 

The context

The survey “Sustentabilidade das ONGs no Brasil – acesso a recursos privados” [Sustainability of NGOs in Brazil: Access to Private Funds] (2010), conducted by the Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, showed that the organizations that had 81%–100% of their budgets covered by international investments dropped by 66% between 2003 and 2007.

The number of CSOs receiving federal funds also decreased by 48% between 2010 and 2017, according to the study “Perfil das Organizações da Sociedade Civil no Brasil” [Profile of Civil Society Organizations in Brazil], published by the Foundation of the Institute of Research in Applied Economics (IPEA).

Funds from Brazilian investors, on the other hand, typically support specific projects. According to the 2018 Gife Census, only 30% of the 133 top social investors in the country provide CSOs with institutional support. This landscape translates into fragile organizational management.

  • For the CSOs, better management implies convincing society that solving institutional issues and having funds for this is as important as providing communities with care. The impossibility of investing in structures of human resources, communication, planning, innovation, results monitoring, and economic sustainability is a great barrier that for years has prevented organizations from moving forward to accomplish their missions.

 

Purpose

The Mission in Focus program is aimed at providing funds that are flexible and adequate for the needs of each selected CSO, as well as training opportunities and monitoring and evaluation tools. The program aims to contribute to the sustainability, strengthening, and management of CSOs, for a better-quality impact.

  • CSOs with significant initiatives in the territory where they operate and which are committed to the full development of children, adolescents, and young people are invited to take part in a selection process to join the program.

 

Program Description

The Mission in Focus program promotes institutional support to civil society organizations that present good monitoring results when participating in the other funding programs developed by Itaú Social:

 

References

  • Censo Gife (2018) [Gife Census];
  • Profile of civil society organizations in Brazil (IPEA, 2018);
  • Corporate Social Investment Benchmarking Report (2017);
  • NGO Sustainability in Brazil – Access to Private Funds (2010).

 

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