Parity/Matching funds

Development initiatives can complement their funding by searching for parity or matching funds, on which each financial or material contribution that the initiative manages to provide or secure is paired by a third source.

This helps to diversify sources of financial and political support (reducing dependency on a single source) and to assuage any worries funders may have about ownership and corruption that make investments non-sustainable.

Finding parity or matching funds also helps to capitalize on local resources.

These resources might include the local agents’ voluntary contributions and ownership of the initiative, which scaled effect, in turn, can encourage their further participation.

Related strategies at:

♣ Parity/Matching funds

See also:

Intra and trans-sectoral partnerships

Motivating and capitalizing on local ownership

Creating and capitalizing on local resources

Voluntary contributions

Demonstrated scaled effect