In Africa, many civil society organisations (CSOs) depend on donor funding to sustain their work. However, over the last decade, donors have started reducing their financial support as a result of shifting priorities. In order to be sustainable, CSOs are now being challenged to find alternative means of generating funds for their activities. There are multitude of factors inhibiting their abilities to acquire financial support beyond donor aid. Specifically, CSOs face a diverse range of contextual factors in their environment which challenge their capacities for strengthening financial sustainability. Restrictive government regulations, poor economic conditions, lack of local philanthropic culture, competition between CSOs and inadequately skilled labour, all limit the ability of CSOs to operate independently.
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