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  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 1 SOMALI YOUTH FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY SOCSISS 3-EU CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 2 FINAL REPORT Prepared by: Novib Trainee Consultant: Mr. Abdishakur Farey Program Officer, SYPD Ms. Jihan Mohamud Hussein On Sunday, February 18, 2007 AKNOWLEDGMENTS First of all, we should thank the almightily ALLAH who made the completion of this project successful. It goes without saying that we owe many thanks to the European Commission Delegation in Nairobi and Oxfam Novib for their material and moral support at all times during the implementation of this project. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 3 We forward our sincere and deep gratitude to Ms. Mariam Abdulle Qawane, program focal point, for her valuable contributions, supervision and guidance. We are grateful to our trainer, Ms. Jihan Mohamud Hussein, for her outstanding effort to reform our organization and enhance its capacity despite insecurity and other challenges. Special thanks to all SOCSISS team both in Somalia and oversees. Indeed, we could not be able to perform this task without the involvement of all. We owe them remembrance. We owe them more. Abdishakur Farey Program Officer - SYPD SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 4 LIST OF CONTENTS 1. Acknowledgement…………………………………………………2 2. List of contents………………………………………………….…3 3. List of abbreviations………………………………………………4 4. Executive summary……………………………………………….5 5. Introduction and background…………………………………….6 6. Main plan of SOCSIS 3 EU from start to end………………….8 7. Methodology…………………………………………………….12 8. Major achievements in SOCSIS period (A);…………………13 9. Major achievements in SOCSIS period (B).…………………16 10.The field work…………………………………………………...17 11.Our Financial Capacity…………………………………………20 12.Code of Conduct………………………………………………..20 13.Our meeting with the TC…………………………………….. .20 14.Our plan for a Sustainable NGO……………………………...21 15.Constraints/ challenges………………………………………..22 16.Lesson learned…………………………………………………22 17.Conclusions…………………………………………………….23 18.Recommendations…………………………………………….24 19.Annexes………………………………………………………...26 SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 5 LIST OF APPREVIATIONS SYPD: Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) USAID: United States Agency for International Development NED: National Endowment for Democracy SOCSISS: Strengthening of Civil Society in Somalia EU: European Union ODAT: COC: Code of Conduct FCL: NGO: Non-Governmental Organization TC: Trainee Consultant GLAP: Governance, Leadership, Advocacy and Project management BOD: Board of Directors PISA: Participatory Intervention for SOCSIS Achievement Internal Systems of Policies and Procedures ISPP: M&E: Monitoring and Evaluation SOCA: SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 6 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since April 2006, we had a very interesting time with our Trainee Consultant, Ms. Jiham Mohamud Hussien and with Oxfam Novib focal point in Mogadishu. At the start of the program, each of us had some thing in his/her mind. As an organization, we were expecting that our institutional capacity would be enhanced significantly through SOCSISS 3 EU program. In this final report, we will attest and confirm how the project output was really amazing. It did not only give us the expected output, but it has also completely reformed our organization and made our work excellent and our minds more confidant. We have learnt many lessons: The importance and benefits of the collaborative team work; Commitment is a must to realize objectives. We have learnt that good governance contributes to NGO development while bad leadership undermines NGO development; that advocacy is essential to attain support for your mission and objectives; and that program management skills are needed for any successful NGO. We have learned to keep improving and never get tire to make progress; to accept mistakes, and thank any one who displays it out. There is no room bigger than the room for improvement. At the end of the report, we will present specific recommendations for future TCs, SOCSISS team, Oxfam Novib, to the NGOs, and the beneficiaries. Best of luck, Abdishakur Farey Program Officer, SYPD SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 7 INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND ABOUT OXFAM NOVIB & THE SOCISS PROGRAM Through massive research it was found that majority, if not all Somali NGOs, lack adequate skills to manage their programs effectively and efficiently. The SOCSIS philosophy was introduced to improve the image of the NGOs by enhancing their abilities in four areas that SOCSIS team termed as GLAP - Governance, Leadership, Advocacy and Project management. Generally SOCSIS (Strengthening of civil society in Somalia) aims to improve the performance of the NGOs by adding organizational development skills and best practices by embedding into the NGOs a trainee consultant for a period of six months. Since its inception, the SOCSIS approach has developed more than 80 consultants, 60 NGOs and is in the process of developing another 30 NGOs and 30 consultants who are nearly to graduate. The program is administered by a Nairobi based international NGO named Oxfam Novib. The European Union Delegation in Nairobi and the Global Fund has funded the program since its inception. Not only the SOCSISS project, but also Oxfam Novib is also active in implementing different programs to help the war tone Somalis throughout the country. SOMALI YOUTH FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY (SYPD) Somalia has been without effective central government since its government was overthrown in 1991 by opposing clans. More than half the population of Somalia is under the age of 18. These young people have neither enjoyed the freedom of expression, nor experienced normal, stable social relationships and systems of governance since independence in 1960. Disheartened about the difficult conditions faced by Somali youth, a group of academic youth who were graduated at local universities and institutes SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 8 founded Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) in August 2006 in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. Organized as a non-profit organization, SYPD is committed to empower Somali youth regardless of their gender, creed, and race and unite them for building a peaceful and democratic Somalia. SYPD is headquartered in Mogadishu and has a branch office in B/weyne town, Hiran region, Somalia. Its website is located at www.sypd.org. Since its inception, SYPD has implemented a set of activities to realize its mission including workshops, lectures, discussion forums and empowerment programs for youth residing in Mogadishu and Bweyne towns were SYPD has presence. Among these workshops, sessions to raise youth awareness on HIV/AIDS, and the negative aspects of drug abuse on mental and physical development. SYPD also organized workshops to enhance youth awareness in peace building and democracy promotion. SYPD mission is to equip Somali youth with peace building, democracy and human rights promotion skills through participatory forums and Dialogues. SYPD envisions to see Somali community dwelling in peace, good governance, justice and prosperity. Structurally, SYPD is composed of a General Assembly, a Board of Directors (BOD) and a Management Committee (Executive Committee). The General Assembly, being the paramount organ of the organization, which constitutes 47 young members, meets every 2 years when it elects the BOD. The BOD is the decision making body of the organization and composes of 5 persons of hierarchal responsibilities. The organization also has a management committee of seven members that implements the resolutions and decisions of the Board of Directors and executes the daily activities of the organization. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 9 MAIN PLAN OF THE FIELD As soon as we have signed the SOCISS 3EU contract, we have received a qualified Trainee Constant (TC) from Oxfam Novib. Our TC, Ms. Jihan, gave us a detailed program description and we have set a work plan to ensure that program goals and objectives are achieved. MAY AND JUNE 2006 Our TC told us that she is willing to asses our institutional capacity before any trainings can be conducted. We have spent May and June 2006, to fill out the ODAT, FCL and COC questionnaires and collect as much evidence or documentations as we could in order to point out the institutional capacity level of our organization. We were honest and cooperative to our TC. We were very happy to put all our weakness on the table so that it will be corrected. By the end of June, we have completed all ODAT, FCL and COC questionnaires describing all our strengths and weaknesses. Our TC found different gaps in our governance, leadership, and advocacy and project management. See ANNEX A. JULY 2006 During July 2006, our TC was in Bullo-Mareer district for trainings. We had no trainings during this month; therefore, we were busy in preparing suitable training materials and environment. We were also busy in performing the daily activities of our organization. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 10 AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2006 Our TC came back from Bullo-mareer in August. During August and September 2006, we have planned and completed the following topics in detail:  Board management  Leadership and team building  Fundraising  Communication  Project cycle management  Strategic plan  Self organizational skills  HIV/aids  Gender and development  Internal systems of policies and procedures (ISPP) OCTOBER 2006 Together with our TC, we have welcomed the first M & E group on October 10th 2006. It was very interesting to meet with our evaluators for the first time, and share with them our progress and plans. The M&E group was from SOCA (Sadia Salah Warfa and Fadumo Adan Idle). Indeed, they were cooperative and helpful. We put all the materials and training outputs on their disposal. They have comprehended our mistakes and efforts and gave us training to enhance our work status. They have also mentioned that we made a fantastic improvement during the short training period and requested us to keep improving. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 11 NOVEMBER 2006 During November 2006, our TC trained us on the following topics in order to finish 120 hours, which were assigned to us:  Stakeholder relation  Human rights  Conflict resolution  Code of Conduct  Financial management  Human resource management  Public relation DECEMBER 2006 In December 2006, we have attended a PISA workshop in Sahafi 2 hotel in Mogadishu. PISA (Participatory Intervention for SOCSIS Achievement) is one of the M&E interventions that SOCSIS team from Novib wants to check up for the working conditions of TCs and NGO activities during the attachment period. The PISA Training program was divided into these phases: Review corrective action plans of both–NGOs and TCs during 1. M&E period from 9th to 11th December 2006 for TCs and from 10th to11th December 2006 for NGOs. 2. Training of the NGO participants 3. The production of ISPP manuals 4. Training of the TCs SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 12 OBJECTIVES OF PISA The main objectives of the PISA were to accomplish an intensive review and raise knowledge of how our TC and us have corrected the gaps identified during the M&E1;Offer the remaining parts of the skills to the TC and for us to deal with some of the gaps celebrated during M&E1; and practice the seven (7) manuals (ISPP). JANUARY 2007 During January 2007, we were busy on the 37 corrective actions given by the PISA program. We have welcomed the M&E 2 team again on 18th January for the final check up of all the SOCSIS 3 EU. We have succeeded to make two extra-ordinary board-meeting minutes for the approval of ISPP manuals. Our TC has attended these board-meeting minutes. FEBRUARY 2007 This is the last month of SOCIS 3 EU program. All the members of SOCSIS 3 EU team, TCs, NGOs and NOVIB are busy for the graduation of the SOCSIS 3E U NGOs after a long period of hard work and excitement. No more training remains. (Group discussion with our TC at SYPD headquarters in Mogadishu) SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 13 METHODOLOGY 1. DISCUSSIONS MEETINGS WITH  SOCSIS 3 EU TCs  NGO board & management  SOCSIS focal point  Participants of the trainings  Intensive group work  Simplified brief lectures  Practical extended group work to ensure that we have produced 7+1 ISPP manuals by the end of this program. 2. EQUIPMENTS USED  Computer  Printer  Photocopy  Stapler  Digital camera 3. MATERIALS USED  A4 papers  Pens/pencils  Markers  Flipcharts  Note books  Scotches SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 14 MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS – PART (A) SOCISS 3 EU project were extremely helpful to our organization. During the program implementation, various gaps were identified and corrected. SYPD was reformed. Our staff was equipped with adequate skills to run daily activities with devotion and innovation. Our organization grew dramatically. Before we present the achievements in our fieldwork, we would like to present some achievements we have realized during the SOCSISS 3EU program. 1) PARTNERSHIPS WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Equipped with better fundraising and advocacy skills gained from the SOCSISS 3 EU project, SYPD partnered with different international NGOs. These international organizations include: USAID/CARE INTERNATIONAL SYPD was selected as an implementing partner for CARE International in a USAID funded, three-year project named Civil Society and Media in Transition (CSMT) project. The selection came after CARE assessed the institutional capacity of SYPD. SYPD was mandated to operate in Hiran and we have been requested to come up with a six months project proposal. SYPD team visited several communities residing in Hiran region where SYPD has an office. During this time, 11 days were spent in visiting several communities among the poorest and most vulnerable people, and in meeting with several local leaders and different fabrics of the society. During the survey, SYPD has identified that the neediest youth in Hiran live in outlying areas, probably 5 to 8 kilometers from towns, lacking the basic necessities for a decent level of living and unable to produce sufficient food crops for adequate nutrition. SYPD deliberately targeted three villages in Hiran, namely Huud, Hoyin and BacadBuke that are situated along the Shabelle River, 5 to 8 Kilometers SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 15 southwest of B/weyn district, capital town of Hiran region. These villages have a population of around 1,524 people (254 families), of which 57% are youth, which are dependent on farming. They are mainly from a marginalized and discriminated community called Bantus. CARE is currently funding a project to enhance the livelihood of these farmers so that they can prepare their youths for a better future. SYPD program staff in the field are reporting wonderful stories and that the community is extremely happy and highly cooperative. We succeeded to foster solidarity, integrity, and serenity among the three-targeted villages. We request every donor to invest such useful programs in order to develop the growing generation and prepare them for better future to manage their lives and get stable future. Training sessions conducted by our TC were relevant to that project. The skills we have gained from the SOCISS assisted us to implement this project effectively according to its terms of reference. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (NED) We have also recently partnered with a Washington based National Endowment for Democracy (NED). SYPD will use Endowment support to create an understanding of democracy among the youths of Mogadishu. SYPD will undertake four workshops on democracy for 120 youth leaders in Mogadishu. The workshop participants will be drawn from youth groups and clubs based in Mogadishu, and priority will be given to youths that are currently serving as militia members or working in militia training camps. The workshop will include lectures and discussion groups on the genesis of democracy; democracy as a tool for conflict resolution and peace building; the potential role of Somali youth in democratic development; and advancing democracy in a violent country. Each of the four workshops will end with a proposal to create a network of democracy clubs in Mogadishu that will be known as the Youth Movement for Democracy Club (YMDC). The YMDC will eventually elect a management team of three members that will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day activities such as sports events, workshops, discussion forums and contests. SYPD will provide the basic office materials and location for the SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 16 club, and will assist the club in gaining the support of other international donor organizations. INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FOUNDATION (IYF) The International Youth Foundation (IYF) based in Maryland, USA has selected SYPD to receive an international award in recognition to outstanding achievements and capacity to help the young Somalis. IYF organized a wonderful ceremony at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC to honor SYPD. SYPD chairperson has accepted the award during that ceremony which was attended by high level diplomats, non-profit representatives, the media and various fabrics of the people. Photo: SYPD chairperson shared a group photo with Finish ambassador in Washington D.C Discussions are underway between SYPD and IYF to start a strategic partnership that helps the vulnerable young people in Somalia. 2) INVITATIONS AND OUTREACH In addition to these partnerships, SYPD received lots of communications from different organizations throughout the globe. SYPD maintains good relationships with them and will continue to share experiences with them. We have also been invited to attend regional and global conferences that address youth related issues. In September 2006, SYPD was invited to represent Somali youth at a high level Youth Employment Summit (YES) held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference, which was opened by H.E Moi Kibaki of Kenya, invited more than 2000 delegates from around the world. More than 16 ministries of youth affairs were among the participants. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 17 SYPD delegation will also join world leaders that will meet in Sweden in June 2007. SYPD activities have been profiled by more than a dozen famous news agencies such as the Associated Press, Radio France International, and others. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 18 MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS – PART (B) ACTIVITIES FROM START TO END 1) Started training on 15th august, 2006 2) Formed a team to work with the TC 3) We set a Time Table for the project 4) Prepared training schedule together with our TC 5) Our staff were trained on:  Board management  Leadership and team building  Fundraising  Communication  Project cycle management  Strategic plan  Self organizational skills  HIV/AIDS  Gender and development  Internal systems of policies and procedures (ISPP)  Stakeholder relation  Human rights  Conflict resolution  Code of Conduct  Financial management  Human resource management  Public relation 6) Reformed the structure of our NGO 7) Organized a one-day discussion forum attended by our TC. 8) Met with M&E 1 team and got corrective action plans 9) Submitted M&E 1 report 10)Completed production of ISPP 11)Held two extra-ordinary board meetings 12)Met M&E 2 team again 13)Sent M&E 2 report 14)Built good relation with our attached TC SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 19 THE FIELD WORK 1) ODAT RESULTS During the assessment period, our TC found weaknesses in areas of the ODAT. However, during the attachment period, we have corrected most of them through trainings and learning, as our performance indicated in the result of PISA intervention review and M&E 2. We acknowledge that the TC did a wonderful job to treat and remove ODAT gaps. Producing 8 ISPP Manuals and training us to apply them will completely remove any remaining gaps during the course of the next year. ODAT 1 RESULTS TABLE # ODAT AREA # MAX Actual Percentage QUESTIONS SCORE Score % 1 Gov 20 126 92 73 2 MP 36 210 94 45 3 HR 19 114 51 45 4 SD 12 114 23 20 5 ER 24 114 48 44 6 SUS 22 138 52 38 37% TOTAL 156 966 360 50.0% Governance 40.0% Management Practice 30.0% Human Resource 20.0% Service Delivered 10.0% External Relations 0.0% Sustainability Average SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 20 TABLE OF OVERALL RESULTS IN ODAT 2 GAPS # ODAT AREA # MAX Actual Percentage % QUESTIONS SCORE Score Gov 20 126 92 73 MP 36 210 94 45 HR 19 114 51 45 SD 12 114 23 20 ER 24 114 48 44 SUS 22 138 52 38 TOTAL 37% 156 966 360 50.0% Governance 40.0% Management Practice 30.0% Human Resource 20.0% Service Delivered 10.0% External Relations Sustainability 0.0% Average SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 21 We have completed 128 hours of training with our attached TC during the period of August 15 2006 to November 15 2006. We have covered the following topics in detail:  Stakeholder relationship  Human rights  Conflict resolution  Code of Conduct  Financial management  Board management  Leadership and team building  Communication  Fundraising  Project cycle management  Strategic plan  Self organizational skills  HIV/AIDS  Gender and development  Human resource management  Public relation  Internal systems of policies and procedures ODAT=91, cross cutting issues=17 and ISPP=20 We have had dramatic opportunities for outreach during the program implementation. We had the opportunity to profile our programs through our website and the international media. This gave us the prospects for outreach and partnerships with international bodies. After the M&E 2, we held extra-ordinary meetings for our board to approve the ISPP manuals. Having started the implementation of these manuals a few months ago, positive results are already shining and our internal control policies and procedures improved appreciably. We made regular reporting to Oxfam Novib during the project implementation period in order to update Novib with the progress we have made. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 22 2) FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CAPACITY Our Financial Management capacity was changed as part of the correction process. Currently, we use all financial documents that support financial statements and reports. Financial integrity is an essential organ for an NGO to develop. Therefore, we spared substantial efforts to standardize our financial capacity. We have produced financial manuals for three different projects we are currently implementing: SOCSISS 3 EU Project, USAID/CARE project and for the NED. Out TC declared that we have overcome all financial management difficulties and requested us to keep improving. 3) CODE OF CONDUCT Together with our attached TC, we have learned and swear to practice all the seven standard rules of COC: 1. Transparency and Integrity 2. Self reliance and Independence 3. Service and Impact 4. Good governance and Internal relations 5. Respect to authority 6. Participation and Cooperation 7. Justice 4) OUR MEETING WITH THE TC Indeed, our meeting with our TC Ms. Jihan was very interesting. Since the commencement of the project in April 2006, we have been committed to listen and obey her guidelines. We have tried our level best to provide suitable learning environment. We made the participation of all training sessions a top priority for SYPD and formulated strict measures that compel SYPD staff to attend all the sessions. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 23 We worked together in a friendly manner as a team. From the other side, our TC was kind, passionate and helpful throughout the attachment period. 5) THE ROAD MAP OUR PLAN FOR A SUSTAINABLE NGO Now that our NGO stood on its feet, we are planning to keep improving. First of all, we are guided by the belief that learning never comes to an end. Therefore, we have instructed our staff to move into various directions and search for knowledge that benefits our organization and our community. We adhere to respect the values and cultures of all our stakeholders whose participation in our decision making process is of high importance. We will behave in compliance with our mission, being honest and transparent in our activities. We will continue to work with a commitment not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. We will always remain accountable to our stakeholders by giving appropriate and timely feedback and transparent in our activities. We will collectively serve the community by being effective and efficient in our activities. We will keep learning. We will keep accepting our mistakes and correcting it. We will spare no effort in order to make SYPD a sustainable NGO that has integrity among the community and its stakeholders, transparent and accountable NGO. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 24 CONSTRAINTS/CHALLENGES Insecurity in the city was among the major constraints we have faced during the project implementation period. We used to remain alerted at all times. Always, we used to listen to radios and follow up the situation to avoid harm and mistreatment from freelance militia. To completely reform an NGO was not easy. It was a challenge-full process. Most of the times, we used to work continuously 24 hours a day to perform various duties, whether it is to correct our weakness or perform projects for CARE and other international organizations. We overcome all these challenges by courage and high desire to achieve some thing. LESSONS LEARNED 1) The importance and benefits of collaborative team work 2) Commitment is a must to achieve some thing 3) Good governance contributes to NGO development 4) Bad leadership undermines NGO development 5) Advocacy is essential to attain support for your mission and objectives 6) Program management skills needed for any successful NGO 7) Keep improving. Never tire to make progress. 8) Accept mistakes. And thank any one who displays it out 9) There are is no room bigger than the room for improvement SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 25 CONCLUTION Six months back when we were starting this project we had in our minds that we will be in a better level than we used to do in the past. Honestly, our dream has become a reality. We have the confidence to say we have achieved more than we were expecting. We grow from a small NGO relying on small funds from its founders to a bigger organization in partnerships with some of the most famous and biggest organizations in the world. Before six months, we were not well known by our stakeholders. Today, SYPD voice has reached the world and became a well-known and respected NGO. SYPD became a valuable entity in the community. Hundreds of poverty stricken Somalis living in some of the most disadvantaged villages in Hiran region perceive SYPD as an ideal organization that helped them free them selves from chronic hunger. Thousands of other beneficiaries are not exception to this. We have achieved what our TC was expecting from us. Ms. Jihan admired our progress several times and advised us to keep improving. We are also confident that Oxfam Novib will be happy with our efforts. Their material and moral inputs were not lost. They have generated a qualified NGO that will remain its colleague and obeying partner forever. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 26 RECOMMENDATIONS 1. TO MAKE FUTURE TCs BENEFIT MORE  Provide them with extensive skill-building trainings  Encourage them to do research on the internet so that they will be able to gain more knowledge and expertise  Provide them with adequate material they need in order to perform their tasks effectively. 2. MAKE SOCSISS TEAM ACHIEVE MORE  Request them to visit the NGO and the TC at least two times during the attachment period  Give them more trainings and personal development skills  Provide incentives to hardworking SOCSISS team members 3. MAKE NOVIB ACHIEVE MORE  Don’t release a trained NGO. Keep in touch with the NGO following the attachment period. Consider it like your baby.  Provide projects to trained NGOs, if possible, to enable them exercise the theories being taught. Make them a priority when selecting local implementing partners.  Make an online forum or a yahoo group for ALL Novib trained NGOs so that they can exchange ideas and expertise. Make SOCISS trainers and NGOs one family. SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report
  • Somali Youth for Peace and Democracy (SYPD) 27 4. TO MAKE NGOs ACHIEVE MORE  Give awards and incentives to hard working NGOs.  Provide a platform for NGOs and allow them to make Novib their reference when contacting other organizations  Keep monitoring their activities and encourage them to stay in touch 5. TO MAKE BENEFICIERS ACHIEVE MORE  Tell NGOs to create a spirit of ownership among beneficiaries all the time  Include in trainings special modules that address the need for community involvement in all project phases  Teach NGOs that without the community participation, no project will be sustainable << THE END>> SOCSISS 3EU Capacity Building Project – Final Report