It was founded as a unit in the World Bank a decade ago, and is now an independent International Organisation with headquarters in New Delhi.
GDN had strong strategies in place to achieve its vision: to equip people living in the daily crisis of poverty with the skills to provide their own home-grown solutions. However, it was suffering from an overdependence on bilateral government funding, and a relatively small pool of donors. Furthermore, it didn’t have the unrestricted funds it needed to expand into new areas of work.
GDN wanted to develop recommendations to the Board, Regional Partners and Management that would ensure its long term sustainability and enable the organisation to expand. Specifically, they knew they needed to increase their financial stability in terms of current funding, diversify their income streams, and raise additional unrestricted funds. GDN asked fundraising consultants from Management Centre Asia (=mc|Asia) and the UK based Management Centre (=mc) to help them with this process.
Working with =mc|Asia and =mc|UK, GDN undertook:
=mc helped the GDN staff, the Board and management to revaluate their plans by providing a thorough assessment of GDN’s current fundraising plan, and some recommendations for an alternative strategy.
This led to GDN adopting some new approaches, including:
Ramona Angelescu Naqvi, the senior political scientist and global programme manager at GDN, was delighted with the result:
“We were really impressed by =mc‘s truly international expertise in fundraising, and their professional and dedicated approach to this project”