Quick facts – fundraising
|Income from own fundraising||9%|
|Income from NLMFA||77.46%|
Quick facts – proposals
|Acceptance rate of applications||≥ 25%||38%|
The primary aim of SPARK’s acquisition policy is to reach its objective to create 20,000 jobs by 2015. The secondary objective is to become an organisation with a solid and diversified income base in order to be a reliable partner for its beneficiaries.
SPARK works with multilateral and bilateral institutions as well as private donors. Private donations are mostly focused on humanitarian aid. For this reason, the volume of private contributions to SPARK is limited. SPARK is mainly supported by institutional donors. In 2014, they contributed 91% to SPARK’s budget, which was €8.99 million.
In 2014, SPARK’s acquisition efforts increased compared to 2012 and 2013. In total, 63 applications were submitted; of these, 13 have been accepted and 21 have been rejected, resulting in an acceptance rate of 38% and 29 proposal decisions still pending.
SPARK has managed to further diversify its funding basis. At the end of 2014, Non-NLMFA funding was 22.5%. Besides support from the NLMFA, SPARK’s donors now include the GIZ in South Sudan, UNDP in Yemen, EU in Turkey, SIDA-Mercy Corps in Liberia and EU funding for IBCM. SPARK also participates in two EU-funded technical assistance (TA) projects in Croatia and Turkey. Both projects are implemented by consortia of which SPARK is a member.
SPARK’s acquisition achievements in 2014 relied on SPARK’s central BDU and a more proactive approach by the field offices. The BDU applies directly for larger EU tenders and supports both field offices and the Amsterdam office in the preparation of proposals and bids. For each field office, a country acquisition plan is in place and SPARK maintains a balanced budget policy for each office, meaning they need to contribute sufficient income to their and SPARK’s overall budget. The offices in Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, South Sudan and Yemen were able to gain substantial contracts in 2014.