Sustainable Donors' Strategies and Practices
in Civil Society Development in the Balkans

Questionnaire for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

The following questionnaire is part of a research project titled: Sustainable donor strategies and practices in civil society development in the Balkans carried out by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). The work is funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD). The objectives of the project are: to increase influence and ownership of donorsŐ strategies and coordination by local actors, esp. CSOs and public authorities, increase aid and actor effectiveness, and strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation between stakeholders. The research seeks to provide an overview of donor strategies and practices in civil society development in the Balkans. The findings will be channelled into a policy paper to be presented at a regional stakeholder policy workshop in autumn 2011.

The research is being conducted in accordance with the codes of ethical research of BCSDN and QMUL. In line with these, we will insure your answers to the following questions will always remain confidential and anonymous.

Thank you very much for your help.


Basic Information

  1. Name of organisation (required):
  2. Job title:
  3. In what year did you join the CSO?:
  4. Location:
  5. City/Town:
  6. In what type of location is your CSO?
  7. Year CSO was established:
  8. Primary sector of work (select from drop-down menu):

  9. Staffing in your CSO, 2008-2010:

     End of 2010End of 2009End of 2008
    Number of Paid Staff
    Number of Volunteers


  10. Budget information, 2008-2010

     Approximate total budget (in EUR)Approximate foreign funding (in EUR)
    2010
    2009
    2008


  11. In order of importance, please list the main donors who provide funding for your organisation and how often you interact with them

     Name of DonorFrequency of Contact
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

  12. For which of the following activities have you received donor funding? (Please select all that apply.)

    Capacity building
    Network building (including regional networking)
    Educational activities (e.g. summer schools)
    Policy advocacy
    Service provision
    Other (please specify):

  13. What types of funding do you receive? (Please select all that apply.)

    Short-term project grants (up to 24 months)
    Long term "core" funding - not tied to projects
    Service contracts and tenders
    Regional grants involving several organisations
    Other (please specify):

Core Funding

If you have received 'core' funding from donors not tied to specific projects, please answer the questions in this section.

  1. Who is your single longest continuous core donor?
  2. Which years have they provided core funding?
  3. What has the impact been of core funding on your organisation?

    Core funding has enabled our organisation to develop (i.e. more staff and more activities).
    Having core funding enables us to apply for project grants from other international donors.
    Core funding has enabled us to work with other CSOs domestically.
    Core funding has enabled us to work with other CSOs internationally.
    Core funding has enabled us to interact more effectively with governmental institutions.
    Core funding has not benefited our organisation.
    We would not exist without core funding.
    Other (please specify):

International Donor Technical Assistance and Training

If you have received technical assistance or training from international donors, please answer the questions in this section.

  1. Which training session or technical assistance from an international donor would you consider an example of 'best practice'?
  2. Which international donor organised this training session or technical assistance?
  3. Was the training a one-off session?

  4. What were the best features of this training session?

  5. What could have been improved?

Domestic Project Funding

If you have received domestic project funding, please answer the questions in this section.

  1. Which of your domestically funded projects would you consider an example of donor 'best practice'?
  2. Which domestic institution or organisation provided the funding?

  3. What were the best features of this domestic funding?

  4. What could have been improved?

International Donor Project Funding

If you have received international project funding, please answer the questions in this section.

  1. Which of your internationally funded projects would you consider an example of donor 'best practice'?
  2. Which international donor provided the funding?

  3. What were the best features of this international donor funding?

  4. What could have been improved?

Civil Society and CSOs in the Region

  1. How would you describe civil society in the region?

    Civil society does not exist or function in the country/region in which we operate
    Civil society exists, but is very weak and undeveloped
    Civil society exists, but is unevenly developed and unsustainable
    Civil society is weak but becoming stronger
    Civil society requires support from donors, but is able to function and represent interests
    Civil society is effective

  2. In order of importance, please list your partner CSOs and how often do you interact with them.

     Name of CSOFrequency of Contact
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

Relationships with International Donors

  1. In order of importance, who are the main international donors operating in the country / region today?

     Donor Name
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

  2. Which statement best describes the relationship between CSOs and international donors?

    It is a partnership - we appreciate their assistance and we work well together
    We are learning to work in partnership with them and to deliver what they want and expect
    We take initiative in proposing projects/activities which they then support
    There is still a lot of work to be done
    We do not co-operate effectively

  3. Which statement(s) best describe the impact of donor funding on your organisation? (Please select all that apply.)

    Donor funding enables us to work on community-based projects
    Donor funding enables us to work within domestic governmental and policy networks
    Donor funding enables us to work within transnational CSO networks
    Donor funding enables us to work in partnership with other similar organisations
    Donor funding enables us to lead projects
    Donor funding enables us to lead a network of smaller organisations
    We devise specific projects in order to apply for donor funding
    Applying for donor funding is a distraction for us and does not advance the aims of our organisation

  4. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements about the impact of international donor funding on your CSO over the past 5 years.

    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled our organisation to develop significantly.
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled us to work more closely with other domestic CSOs
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled us to work more closely with regional CSOs
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled us to become a leading CSO in the country
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled us to influence government policy
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has enabled to provide better services in the community
    Receiving donor funding over the past five years has had no effect on the development of our organisation
    We would not have survived as a CSO without donor funding over the past five years

  5. How would you describe the impact of donor funding in the country / region? (please select all that apply)

    Donor funding has strengthened civil society generally
    Donor funding has created professional CSOs
    Donor funding has created several leading and professional CSOs and not the whole sector
    Donor funding has built capacities and helped create sustainable civil society
    Civil society would not exist without donors
    Donor funding has not helped to build civil society
    Donor funding has been a waste of time and money
    Donor funding has created professional individuals/experts in civil society development and not the whole sector
    Donors could have used their resources more effectively
    Donor funding has weakened civil society