Youth movements and funders need to learn to understand each other better

By Gioel Gioacchino, research consultant with CIVICUS

At a recent global gathering of activists in Belgrade, the host of a popular Serbian spoof news television show used the analogy of an organisation purchasing an item of stationery to satirise an NGO stereotype.

'Make sure you put in the budget a tender for the purchase of the stapler. Include the cost of transporting the stapler from the store to the office, and don't forget to add extra costs for purchasing a little table for the stapler. And, of course, the carpet on which the table will stand,' said Zoran Kesić, to peals of laughter.

The humorous critique was that civil society organisations (CSOs) are focused on budgeting for every little thing while failing to question the status quo, and instead replicating society's structural absurdities. It struck a chord with me.

Read on: Alliance Magazine



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