Themba Lesizwe - EU

Dear Fazila,

EU is more interested in bureaucracy than humanity.  I refer to the Themba Lesizwe closure. This is such a tragic situation as the programmes referred to in the article are sorely needed in South Africa.  This should never have happened but there is a lesson to be learned about pinning hopes on a single donor - good fundraising requires a balanced approach of spreading the risk and this means building meaningful relationships with many donors over a long period.
 
The days of foreign donors sustaining South African programmes are over and the EU, in this instance, has acted irresponsibly and should have addressed all concerns right at the beginning of the negotiations, this is like a big fat cat playing with a small helpless trapped mouse. Those who have worked with the EU in the past will recognize such modus operandi - they are never upfront with their requirements the goal post keeping moving and they just keep throwing paperwork at NGO’s with limited resources.  Often the ‘requirements’ require the full attention of the most senior people in an organisation which distracts from delivery of services to the people they serve.  Then once it’s all bundled-up and sent to the grinding machinery of bureaucracy in Brussels it takes hours of assessment and review – are they (the EU) really serious about assisting development in Africa? One wonders.    
 
Ann Bown
Director & Lead Facilitator
Centre for Resource And Funding Training

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