This report explores aspects of the resourcing landscape for Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Latin America. The research is based on analysis of 6,657 calls for proposals published between 2014 and 2017 in the platform of Innpactia, for a total amount of almost USD 5.9 billion from 2,000 donors.
The analysis was produced by CIVICUS and Innpactia to help bridge some of the knowledge gaps and lack of reliable information needed to generate comparative studies about the availability and accessibility of resources for civil society actors in Latin America.
The findings outlined in this report show that CSOs in Latin America, especially local and change-seeking ones, are facing significant barriers in accessing funding and other meaningful resources from key development donors that support their impact and sustainability.
CSOs not only have poor access to exclusive donor resources, but they also face strong and even unfair competition when responding to calls for proposals available to different actors, are subjected to an alarming projectisation of the aid, and don’t receive enough funds to work on their most intrinsic and irreplaceable roles, like the protection of human rights and challenging the status quo.
Donor underinvestment in a strong, diverse, independent and change-seeking civil society in Latin America is particularly worrying as CSOs already deal with reductions of funding flows and radical transformations of the traditional financing modalities. Moreover, in some countries Latin American CSOs also face growing restrictions imposed by the states to obtain financial, material and human resources, as part of a regressive attack against their operating space.