Only a tiny amount of funding goes directly to grassroots NGOs, which is undermining progress towards truly sustainable development.
- Lots of southern and smaller civil society organizations do not have the capacity to fill in all the donor's forms, let alone spend their money effectively.
- Donors may not have the administrative capacity to give smaller amounts of money.
- Donors need to channel money through a few, trusted partners so that they can manage risk and comply with their own rules.
- Donors have a strict anti-terror and anti-money laundering rules that make giving directly difficult.
- Donors are under domestic political pressure to fund through civil society organizations in their home countries.