8.5 Relationships with funders: ways forward
As in the case of NGO/government relationships, the way forward
here is clearly in the direction of information, communication and dialogue.
There are many good examples of funders communicating clear and detailed
information about their policies and priorities. Few funders, however, appear to
inform the development of such policies and priorities through dialogue with
NGOs. While many funders communicate among themselves, this can have negative as
well as positive effects, for dialogue among them can as easily reinforce
"faddishness" as produce complementarity of diverse policies and priorities.
What funders need most of all to do is to establish mechanisms
to include NGOs as partners in policy and programme goal-setting and