Twenty one Malawian Non Governmental Organizations have been chosen by the America’s Segal Family Foundation to undergo a seven month social impact incubator training to increase capacity and traction to deliver the full impact of their missions in the country.
Speaking at the launch of Social Impact Incubators at Four easons in Lilongwe, Director of special projects for Segal Family Foundation Dedo Baranshamaje said throughout the seven month training the organizations will participate in an intense training program that will include in class trainings, on site coaching, particle assignments, visits to influential actors and organizations in respective fields, connections to resources within and outside Malawi and networking.
“Small countries such as Malawi have not received the attention and funding opportunities from INGOs and donors that their neighbors in East Africa have gotten. Civil society has been further weakened by a top-down funding paradigm that disenfranchises local vision.
“The 21 chosen organizations are locally led organizations. They have been delivering quality services despite few resources. Perhaps in part because of this constraint and certainly because of their close relationship with their communities, they have developed creative, innovative and inspiring programming,” Baranshamaje explained.
He added that the concept of the incubator is rooted in the belief that a robust civil society can open innovations, networks and momentum for Malawi to build an amazing work being done by everyone and tackle largest challenges.
Some of the organizations that have been chosen are YONECO, ABWnet, Rays of Hope. Blackmore, Play Football, FAYDE and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR).
In her remarks, Blackmore’s Zilanie Gondwe said civil society organizations work best with partners in CSOs that share their vision and funding partners who appreciate that the biggest impacts, progress and enhancement in communities come from local organizations, innovators and change makers on the ground that work with little resources and passion.
“There is little room left for the well do-gooders that do not understand who we are, what we think, how we feel. Such organizations cause more harm than good, far more that they will never admit. I believe the passion, animation and energy in local organizations in vital,” she said while welcoming the Segal Family Foundation’s gesture.
Founded by Barry Segal, the Segal Family Foundation (SFF) is a USA based private organization supporting 180 organizations in 20 African countries.