No one can deny that voluntary efforts do require funds and other resources.
Central and State Governments do not seem to be positively inclined towards NGOs.
We, the NGOs have to look for resources with in the Country before seeking funds from outside, be it for MDGs or SDGs. Safe guarding Indians’ dignity demands rights based approach to development efforts. We have to ensure Government programmes reach the poor. Foreign funds can be utilized to facilitate this process and to promote cost effective solutions such as SRI for paddy and applying SRI principles to other crops coupled with nonchemical methods of cultivation. That integrates the objectives of resource conservation and action to slow down the process of climate change. That would reduce the costs of cultivation.
The above necessitates capacity building of communities, developing various kinds of skills and designing extension services for the same.
The objectives of creating non agricultural jobs by developing skills of the rural poor based on rural, semi-urban and urban requirements both in industrial and service sectors should also be addressed. This can be achieved easily in collaboration with State and Central Governments.
Foreign donors would be hopefully willing to fund facilitation processes, capacity building and skills development.
National and international issue based campaigns for funds can be done only by specialists and a few Agencies / NGOs.
Upscale – ability of a proposal ( cost effectiveness, simple and effective technologies, magnitude of local resource mobilization for a given external input) attracts funds from external sources.
Web appeals and mass appeals through public events for funds, internal mobilization of resources by taking full advantage of Government sources / schemes including NABARD and other Banks, partnership building under CSR, etc; could be thought of. Many NRI groups and individuals are interested in supporting innovative development action.
Future global thrust would be on facilitation but not so much of development aid / funding / grants, meaning each Country has to fund it’s own development / climate action.
NGOs, given the attrition rates within the voluntary sector, have to develop their own skills for community mobilization, project preparation, writing concept paper and presentation on a continuous basis.