Under communism the provision of development and humanitarian aid to third countries was enforced by the state. After the changes in late 1980’s, non-state actors in the Central European region slowly began to play ever increasing role in bringing development causes and aid to the minds of Central Europeans.
Most of Central European aid organizations implement projects with the help of national governments or the EU funds. One of the main difficulties for non-state actors is the demand for high level of co-financing from non-public resources. Many NGDOs have not developed sustainable fundraising from independent private sources, nor have the knowledge and expertise to do so. They must develop effective mechanisms to raise awareness, identify, educate and motivate private donors, and thus diversify income and strengthen fundraising capacity.