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Budget group report at end-June
(Date: 1 September 2005)
Made by: Bettina (BR), Isabelle (FR), Laurent (FR), Martin (CA), Philippe (FR).
The Budget workgroup is 5 persons strong: 3 are currently volunteering full-time on this (Isabelle, Laurent and Martin), 2 others are actively participating (Bettina and Philippe). Here is an account of the first weeks.
1- Due to the fact that we will be partly asking for public money and due to the fact that decision making process is long, it might be difficult to levy the money for May (we need it in fact around February in order to pay plane tickets). We might need to think of a backup plan.
2- There could be two strategies: Find two heavy donors (around 50 000) in order to meet the financial needs, or to find many around 10 to 15. At the moment the second solution seems more feasible, but will of course have consequences as far as being sure to meet the financial needs.
3- We need to multiply the financial sources, especially to see with German funds as the Rosa Luxemburg fund and others.
4- We have to evaluate if we launch a different strategy asking wherever there is a strong Babels existence to be independent as far as money for travels and find their own sources, while we try to levy money for zones where Babels is not really active or has no possibility such as Africa and Asia. Or else, we continue as planned and centralized the responsibility although help is more than needed in order to contact local fund sources.
We suggest making a specific call for help: We could send a message for advice/contacts via the entire Babels network, some babelit@s might have some contacts and ideas
For the moment are explored (no particular order):
European Union funds.
Ile de France Region.
Foreign Ministry and Francophonie.
American Progressive Funds and Fundations.
Fondation de France
FACT (Franco American Charitable Trust)
Fondation un monde par tous.
Canada public funds
Brazil public funds
Other possible sources need to be found and explored.
Managing the money, transparence of the account.
Amorces (an NGO linked with IPAM and CRID, solidarity networks and organizations, which helped us at the beginning of Babels as their aim is to help concretly various projects as ours) is interested, but needs to take an official decision on managing the funds for this event. We already explained what do we want and need as far as immediate transparency of the account and the need to have all the managing of money done in order, when finish, to have a clear and independent account report.
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