• Participants to the Solid Waste Management Round Table meeting

    (Hargeisa, May 2014)

  • At one of the researchers' meetings in Arusha, Dec. 2010
  • Bujingwa Pre-school children Feb. 2012
  • A ROMME Reseach Assistant at Bukoba Museum
  • ECD pupils having a meal at Zawadi Day Care Centre (Mzumbe) - 2013
  • Paying attention to Ruta’s presentation in Johannesburg (Nov. 2008)
  • Mr. Inshasha of Strategic Investment (Bukoba Dec. 2009).
  • Students with hearing impairment at Patandi Mazoezi (Arumeru)

Background

In late 1990s, financial sustainability was seen probably the biggest challenge that many CSOs face in Eastern and Southern Africa. There is every indication that this will remain the case unless the sector and their stakeholders begin to define new resource mobilisation strategies and start exploring creative alternatives to traditional sources of funding.

Most NGOs and CSOs acknowledge that they cannot function effectively in the absence of resources. They cannot continue to live with the uncertainty of reduced external funding in the face of increasing demands for NGO services. Declining interest and shifting donor priorities have served to bring home the urgency with which NGO leaders and managers must take up the search for alternative sources of funds. New sources mean dealing with new institutions or developing new interfaces with organisations that had little or no contact with in the past.

This situation called for a new mindset and a different set of skills not only for NGOs and CSOs but also for the other stakeholders – the donor community, the state, the corporate sector and the communities. Concerned actors saw a need for multi-stakeholder recognition and acceptance of domestic resource mobilisation as a significant approach to NGO financial sustainability. At that time the problem of NGO sustainability was much talked about; yet NGOs had not put in place frameworks to implement ideas that would have helped them to achieve some level of independence and self-reliance.

With this background ROMME Centre was established to address this challenge by assisting CSOs to reduce the gravity of problems related with resource mobilization and management and hence the name Resource Mobilisation and Management (ROMME) Centre.

Due to changing social and economic and technological development ROMME Centre had to cope with the changing needs of the society at national, regional and international levels. The Centre extended its services to political parties, government institutions and the business sector especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).