Lisa Mwaikambo posted an update 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Lesson 5: Fund the journey, not just the destination — It’s difficult for our partners to secure the funds required to invest in strategic planning, operational systems, and human resources, especially when funding is tied to direct impact targets and pre-prescribed activities. So this lesson is all about where they put their money. In short, it’s not just about the outcomes and deliverables—the destination. Funders should also invest in the entire journey to scale, including funding the development and piloting of scale plans. Ideally, funders should provide long-term, flexible funding for scaling, allowing organizations to implement and iterate on their plans.
A funder’s role should be to enable organizations to engage in this learning and prepare for sustainable impact. Part of that is funding the planning process.