Civil Society Resource Organization

The direction and magnitude of the future success of sustainable development will be greatly determined by how big the slices of synergy can be built collectively by the three actors of development: the government, the business sector and civil society.

The business sector will instinctively bring the interests of profit and capital growth, under the banners of basic theory of economics: the scarcity of resources, the minimum capital should get maximum returns. The government who is supposed to be guardians of the policy will tend to choose the easy path with planked instructions: ‘economic development’. Thus, civil society becomes the last remaining pillar on triangular equilibrium of sustainable development.

Development model which is being developed now, nor can trim the significantly increasing rate of poverty. Turbulences that hit: the crises on financial system, climate, energy, clean water and food and other crises (cultural crisis, integration, integrity, leadership) increase the vulnerability of the wider community. Social gap keeps being wider and deeper. Vision of shared prosperity might be even farther.

The development partnership with the civil society sector would be the one of the main possibilities for the creation of equality dialogue for find the solutions together to address the complexity problem and the real conditions that faced by the society today.

When the awareness of the role of civil society in sustainable development began to transform into an absolute needs, the existence of civil society organizations itself will leave many fundamental problems: the funding gap of long-term work, the absence of adequate capacity to be agents of development in a comprehensive manner, structural weakness and institutional support were able to put civil society as equal development partners, the lack of consolidation of joint policy advocacy at national and local level and civil society stutter interpret and prepare ‘sustainability of organization’.

Sustainability of civil society organizations can not be simply built by cultivating as much capital like the corporate sector as possible. It is not that way.

Key formulation of sustainability of civil society organizations in Indonesia should be lay on at least two strategic steps: first, how far a civil organization is able to put itself in the dynamics of environmental change that occurs quickly, and constantly pushing itself to change and find new relevance position. In order to reach that goal, civil society organizations must become a dynamic organization, cadre builders, learners and reformer. Supposedly, there will be no stability and comfort there.

Second, how far a civil society organization is able to manage and mobilize its resources. Resource mobilization should be started from its best effort to manage the resources which already owned at this time, not just focusing to look for new resources. Resources also must be considered much broader than just as ‘funding sources’. So many resources beside the funds, which almost never managed and mobilized by the modern civil society organizations: human resources (indeed, will be the biggest asset of civil society organizations), the data-information-knowledge, technology, volunteers, community, networking and participation, and public engagement.

In achievement the vision, resources are absolutely required. Loyalty of civil society organizations in maintaining the position and role of counterbalance within the framework of sustainable development will clearly depend on how large are its resources. The ‘product’ creation of knowledge and services, the development of collaborative partnerships, and involvement of the public at large will be a key of the long term resource mobilization.

In the momentum of the transformation of civil society organizations in Indonesia, which is in progress since 2010, possibly until the end of the decade ahead, Penabulu Foundation has encouraged itself to take the role as a ‘civil society resource organization. As a civil society resource organization, Penabulu will do the best to mobilize, manage and distribute resources in any form to support the work of civil society in Indonesia. Penabulu will as good as possible convert the obtained energy as efforts to strengthen, empower and guarantee the sustainability of civil society organizations throughout Indonesia. Converting all the energy into space to grow together, space to consolidate power of ideas and work of civil society in Indonesia, triggers and boosters of governance improvement for better and more sustain development of future Indonesia.