Geo Map above: http://www.zeemaps.com/227329
In April 2011 Zip and I visited four parts of Western Kenya and trained a large number of community organizations in fundraising and storytelling (Thanks to Humphrey of WEWASAFO and the NGO Council for organizing!). As part of each training, we invite participants to map their individual NGO partners, so that I can combine them into larger community maps. Five of these maps follow.
You can open up (and download) a high resolution image by clicking on the map.
With over 100 people attending, submitting 70 maps, this required 2 images to capture the bulk of NGOs. About a dozen organization maps did not connect to any others, and were omitted.
Chief influencers in Kakamega include Western Water & Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO, the organizers), Balm of Hope, KAMADEP, and UMICEF.
Although this map obscures it, AMREF and Aphia II (USAID’s HIV funding program) work closely together in Kakamega, usually co-funding the same organizations.
iEARN, Youth Rockets Empowerment, and Co-operative Bank also seem to work as a group to support other local groups.
NACC and CACC also fund the same groups.
KAMADEP appears to be the best connected to international funding orgs, and Balm of Hope – although extremely interconnected in the community – appears to get no funding from big international NGOs. WEWASAFO too many be overlooked here, but it’s unclear because they are more likely to be connected to partners at a workshop they themselves organized.
Influence is more evenly-distributed on the Bungoma map.
Chief influencers are VI Agro-forestry, Subila Women Group, Narikoto Women Group, Sacred Africa, Biliso Farmers, and Tunapo.
Key funders are NACC, KARI, NALEP, CDF, IPA, Aphia II
Three organizations interconnect nearly all of the organizations in Busia that attended our workshop. Given that these three are themselves scraping by to get funded, the whole county is less likely to receive adequate funding than neighboring ones, simply because they are less socially networked to people at NGO funding sources.
Munami was mapped at an earlier time, and the Brothers Self Help Group hosted / organized the meeting, so you would expect them to be connected to everybody present. What really emerges from this map is that no other Munami group has a relationship with an external funder (highlighted in orange below) besides BSHG (now called Matungu Community Development Charity). Opportunities for any of these organizations to grow is limited by their lack of connections.
About 40 organizations attended. I’m still waiting to receive the maps.
How should you use these maps?
If your organization is listed on one of these maps, you should look at who around you (in your immediate connections) is better connected than you, and seek an introduction to adjacent organizations. Don’t pursue money; pursue knowledge. Work with nearby organizations to share information. Build friendships, build trust, and you will collectively grow.
Trust is the biggest barrier to growth and stability. There is actually a large amount of money out there (and better resources, like volunteers, gifts in kind, and expertise like what GlobalGiving training provides). The problem is YOU. Organizations struggle to find places to send their proposals, and and one person finds an opportunity, he doesn’t share it with others because he thinks his chances will increase by hoarding knowledge. That’s probably not the case. The funder is going to ignore an isolated proposal from an unknown organization in a remote part of Kenya. But if a number of organizations are working with each other well and promoting a common vision for the community, funders are more likely to trust them and give them a chance.
Who wants to fund the guy who isn’t playing well with others?
And far simpler, is recognizing that getting money from people in your extended social network through personal endorsements is a more reliable long term strategy. Go to GlobalGiving’s Non-profits page to learn more and nominate yourself today.