“Trainings enhance the CSO internal governance, technical capacity advocacy skills to be able to generate impact at community and policy level.”
Supporting emerging CSOs became one of the Foundation’s priorities in 2012. We offered extensive training and capacity building programs, organized debates and discussion groups, and provided financial and operational backing through our liaison officers and our new field offices in Tunisia and Libya. Our capacity building initiatives are geared toward enhancing the effectiveness and impact of CSOs’ work at the community and policy levels by improving the organizations’ know-how, technical capacity, advocacy skills, and internal governance. Capacity building trainings have covered topics ranging from electoral monitoring to non-violence methods, media and communications, financial management, and proposal writing, among many others. Several of our grantees have also done their part in building the capacity of citizens across the region. To complement the Foundation’s grant-making efforts, we provide extensive relevant training and capacity building workshops to our grantees and other stakeholders. Training is geared toward enhancing the effectiveness of CSOs and the impact of their work at the community and policy level by improving the organizations’ know-how, management and technical capacity, advocacy skills, and internal governance.
1. Conducting Training Workshops and Exchange Building
2. Customized Capacity Building for Emerging CSOs
3. Our Grantees’ Capacity Building Initiatives
CSOs are rapidly expanding throughout the region. However, emerging organizations need support in building their foundations, and more established ones lack the capacity to be sus-tainable and play a constructive and effective role in the reform process. Using our knowledge of the field, based on recent needs assessment studies we jointly undertook with Civil Society groups and other relevant stakeholders, we plan on further expanding our customized ca-pacity building capabilities by focusing on:
1. Internal Capacity: Providing institutional and technical support to CSOs in order to strengthen their institutional accountability, transparency, and in-ternal governance;
2. External Capacity: Developing the advocacy and lobbying skills of Civil So-ciety actors to improve the effectiveness of their campaigns resulting in more sustainable impact on government policies.
"In 2012, at least 14 of the CSOs
we support built capacity in
their own respective communities.”