The sustainability strategies listed here should be incorporated into all phases of programme design and implementation, from the beginning. Safe cities for women programme partners should always work towards creating long-term programmes, actions, initiatives and/or projects that women and others can depend upon, with strong links throughout the community.
Remember to think about long-term and short-term human, technical and financial resources.
Safe cities for women programmes may run out of money and other resources before they complete their activities. This can be frustrating for all partners and lead to disappointment throughout the community. Programme partners should remember that many governments may fund short-term pilot projects, but may not necessarily provide sustained or “core” longer-term funding, especially if administrative procedures or fiscal priorities change over time. This occurs because governments can announce new pilot projects frequently, which generates positive publicity, but longer-term and larger-scale efforts require more significant funds. Safe cities for women programme partners should be aware of these realities if they are funded for a pilot project, so as to strategize on how to continue their work on a longer-term scale. One way is to apply to a variety of different funding sources. Another strategy is to advocate for policy and legal reforms to institutionalize political attention to the issues, and for the inclusion of the safe cities for women programme as item/s in the annual budget of the municipal government and/or other organizations and sectors.
Human and technical/expert resources can come from many different places, as well as in-kind (non-monetary) contributions. Human resources can come from volunteers, including elderly people and young people, who may have extra time on their hands. Sharing office space and supplies with a like-minded programme or organization may be a viable option to cut costs; governments can provide access to free public spaces and conference rooms for events; local media houses or radio stations committed to gender equality can assist with press conferences; universities can establish internship programmes for students to exchange their time for useful work experience or research on a safe cities for women project; local businesses can donate services, from photocopying to the expertise of advertising companies for prevention campaigns; and so forth. See the building partnerships section for more information.
Project Budget in Building Community-Based Partnerships for Local Action on Women’s Safety (Women in Cities International, 2007). Women in Cities International/Femmes et villes international, Canada: page 30. This project budget can be used to monitor the financial commitments of each partner in a safe cities for women programme, activity, initiative or project. Available in English and French.
Women Thrive Worldwide Fundraising Guide for Women's Community-Based Organizations (2010). This guide, produced by Women Thrive, offers guidance on fundraising for actors working in women's community-based organizations, particularly in developing countries. The information provided in the guide can be used by women's groups looking for resources to start their own safe cities for women initiative. Advice is given on multiple facets of fundraising, including building relationships with potential donors, looking for several funding sources, and applying for grants. Available in English.