In the civil society sector, progressive funding is becoming an increasingly prominent topic. But what does it mean to fund civil society programmes and organisations in a “progressive” way? What are the challenges that face funders working to pursue progressive models of civil society support? And what models would we like new funders, including those based in the global South, to emulate and build upon?
To discuss these questions, INTRAC brought together four experienced funders and practitioners on 18 January 2023. Our online event on modelling progressive funding attracted over 170 participants from around the world. They listened to short talks from our speakers, submitted questions for a Q&A, and joined breakout groups to discuss the issues themselves. This event summary captures some key points from these activities, and contains links to the full event recording and a playlist of highlight videos.
Modelling progressive funding event summary