Meeting their Mandates? Summary
In 2010 the Funding Practice Alliance commissioned a research study to inform future activities and campaigns which promote more effective relationships between the National Lotteries Board (NLB and its National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Development Agency (NDA), on one hand, and the civil society sector on the other hand. The key assumption was that neither the NDA nor the NLB were meeting their legislated mandates with respect to grantmaking, support to NPOs, and impacting measurably on development.
The research concludes that there is a lack of accountability and transparency over the way the distribution agencies operate and they need to be called to account for their failure to fulfil their mandates to distribute funds appropriately to non-profit organisations and charities. The Funding Practice Alliance (FPA) is a group of Western Cape civil society organisations that has come together to develop, promote and support effective funding practice within the non-profit sector. The partner organisations are: Inyathelo, Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT), Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) and Rural Education Assistance Programme (REAP).