The 23rd East African Resource Mobilization Workshop (EARMW) was held on 29th November to 2nd December, 2016 at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel. This annual event attracted 58 participants drawn from over 50 institutions in six countries in Africa – Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Themed “The New World Order: Fundraising for the SDGs”, the Conference program consisted of 15 powerful and enlightening fundraising sessions captured under four mini-courses and facilitated by both local and internationally renowned speakers. The event strengthened the knowledge and skills of participating institutions in such areas as private donor sources, working with African Governments and Bilateral donors in the wake of the SDGs.
Yetu’s Community Philanthropy Manager, Phyllis Ombonyo, facilitated a capacity building session dubbed “Warming Hearts: Unlocking the Individual Gold Mine”. During this session, she explained what Yetu’s project agenda entailed, presented the results and implications of the Why Kenyans Give study and also strengthened the capacity of participating Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in campaigns planning. She presented Yetu’s campaign tools whilst also showcasing some of the previous campaigns that Yetu had supported and also called upon delegates to help publicize the ongoing Omega Foundation.
The session was well received with several CSOs welcoming the idea to bolster local philanthropy seen as a solution to the current problem of over-reliance on external funding. During the conference, several CSOs requested to join the Yetu community of practice which will allow for our continuous engagement with them.
The EARMW is an initiative of the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals; an institution which Yetu has entered into a long-term partnership with for its capacity building activities notably the regional capacity building workshops that are set for 2017.