Resource Mobilization in Post-Conflict Environments:
Fantsuam Foundation’s Experience
By John Dada and Kazanka Comfort, Aug 2013
As at April, 2011, Fantsuam Foundation’s integrated development approach has enabled it to be able to raise 63% of its funding needs through the activities of the three income-generation centers within the organization, viz: Microfinance, Computer Academy and ZittNet (the FF rural connectivity program). These departments were supporting the wide range of social services that met identified needs of Fantsuam’s host communities.
However, the sectarian violence that followed the presidential elections of 2011 led to drastic staff reduction, program delays and cancellation, and withdrawal of critical funding by some funding partners. Some key, highly trained and dedicated staff of the organization had to relocate from Kafanchan as a means of coping with the trauma they experienced. In addition, the microfinance services were decimated by the destruction of lives and properties of our clients. The Foundation had to transform into a humanitarian relief organization in order to support the displaced and traumatized population of Kafanchan. The provision of safe environment, food, clothing and healthcare became the priority activities for the organization.
It has taken over two years for the free-fall of the Kafanchan economy to be halted and some growth is beginning to happen. The decline in the fortunes of the host communities was amplified at the organization and this, also, just beginning to be reversed, thanks to the robust five-year strategic plan of the organization. Less endowed national and international organizations working in Kafanchan at the time of the crises have relocated, scaled down or withdrawn their programs altogether.
Fantsuam Foundation (fantsuam.net) remains committed to empowering community members, particularly women, to find means of employment and income and meet their own development needs. We are still working in 50 communities across seven local government areas in Kaduna State. Currently over 5,000 individuals benefit from Fantsuam’s services every year and we estimate that over 200,000 people have benefited either directly or indirectly from Fantsuam Foundation’s activities since it was established in Bayan Loco in 2001.
Mission: To eliminate poverty and disadvantage in Kaduna State through integrated development programs.
Vision: To be the most effective model of integrated rural development in West Africa.
Fantsuam’s integrated ranges of programs are in three priority areas: Sustainable Livelihoods, Health and Education.
Cross-cutting issues that are regularly addressed in these priority areas are:
GAIYA (National Volunteering), HIV/AIDS, Gender and Social Protection.
Review of FF’s Resource Mobilization Strategy
In recognition of current socio-economic realities of Kafanchan, Fantsuam Foundation is looking into more sustainable ways to meet the human, material and financial resources it needs to carry out its mission and solve its problems.
Fantsuam Foundation’s integrated development strategy remains its unique selling point, making it possible to synergize and optimize its resources. This strategy makes it possible to access new, diverse and multiple sources of funding in order to increase our independence and flexibility to implement programs and reduce reliance on external funding.
Fantsuam Foundation’s experience with international funding organizations has enabled it to develop its internal financial systems to protect the various resources and ensure good practices that build trust. Effective management by the foundation’s board and program leaders enhances the accountability and transparency of Fantsuam.
Some of the Foundation’s unique programs include social protection for the elderly, vulnerable children and women and the rural connectivity program. While the social protection remains a non-income generating activity, the rural connectivity program represents our efforts to use our own local assets to gain support for the organization.
The new strategy towards fund raising includes the following:
1. Leading the Kafanchan Bandwidth Consortium of tertiary institutions to raise the initial capital for connecting to the optic fiber that is now available in Kafanchan. As the lead organization and host of the consortium, Fantsuam Foundation will host the base station, install additional indoor and outdoor equipment and subscribe to bandwidth size 2MB. This will be adequate to enable the base station to provide internet services to various retailers in Kafanchan. Income from this service will be a sustainable resource for the foundation
2. Establishment of a training school for Community Healthcare Workers, CHEWS. These ‘barefoot’ doctors provide the bulk of primary healthcare in Nigeria’s underserved and remote communities. The few training centers are at the moment unable to meet the demand for the training and continuous education and supervision of these healthcare workers. In addition to providing vital human resource training, this will be an income stream for Fantsuam Foundation.
3. Working with professional project proposal writers to make submissions to major international funding sources such as the USAID, DFID, EU, World Bank, Comic Relief, etc.
4. Undertaking a donor mapping of Nigeria-based funding sources of institutions, private sector investors and individuals who support development organizations as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
5. Actively seeking research oriented organizations and institutions to collaborate in joint funded researches that address issues of relevance to Fantsuam’s host communities (e.g. health, governance, social inclusion, social transfer, youth entrepreneurship, climate change, pastoralists and farmers, budget accountability and transparency, geriatrics and gerontology, peace building, etc.).
Main Funding Received
|Partner name||Focus area||Period||Nature of partnership||Amount|
|Friends of Nigeria||Microfinance||2008 to date||Funding, networking||USD30,000|
|Partners for Development (PfD)||Microfinance||2006 to date||Funding and capacity building||NGN60 Million|
|VSO, Nigeria||Secure livelihoods, education, HIV/ AIDs||Ongoing||Funding, capacity building, and networking||UKP150,000|
|World Bank||Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises||2008 to Date||Funding and capacity building||USD40,000|
|American Embassy||Health||2012||Extension of clinic||USD10,000|
|Embassy of France||Agriculture||2011||Farm infrastructure and training of farmers||51,260 Euros|
|UNDP||Global Environmental Fund||2012||Community engagement for conservation||USD30,000|
|American Embassy||Public Health||2013||Public toilets for Kafanchan market||USD10,000|
|Dadamac-UK||Secure Livelihoods||2008 to date||Funding, networking, organizational development||UKP150,000|