Henry Kilonzo - MSH, Kenya

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Graduation Indicators as Accelerators of Targeted Capacity Building of Civil Society Organisations in Kenya

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Henry Kilonzo - MSH, Kenya

  1. 1. Enabling Kenyan Civil Society Organizations for Lasting Health ImpactGraduation Indicators as Accelerators of Demand Driven Capacity Building of Civil Society Organisations in Kenya First Author: Henry Kilonzo Second Author: Dr. Daraus BukenyaFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 1
  2. 2. About FANIKISHA (1)FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 2
  3. 3. About FANIKISHA (2)Results:1.Strengthened leadership, managementand governance for local CSOs2.Increased access and use of qualityCSO data for decision making3.Improved quality of institutionalstrengthening for CSOsFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 3
  4. 4. Description of Context (1)• Most Kenyan CSOs are not: • Articulating or prioritizing capacity development. Focus is on service delivery • Driving their capacity development • Measuring capacity development against any standards and indicators • Accessing or paying for quality technical assistance• CSO data not available, accessible or used by stakeholders for decision-making Low SustainabilityFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 4
  5. 5. Description of Context (2)CSO Capacity in Kenya 3 Kenyan CSOs 1 Kenyan CSO Top 100 large scale implementers Top 25 NGOs “Only 1 Kenyan CSO is ranked among the top 25 NGOs; and only 3 among the top 100 CSOs implementing large scale programs in the Kenyan health sector” (Source: The Global Journal)FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 5
  6. 6. Key InterventionsNeeds and Standards Driven • CSO selectionNeeds and Standards Driven • Workplanning and budgeting • Development of graduation indicators • Provision mentored grants • Development and use of mentorship tools • Development and use of Institutional strengthening standards and indicators FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 6
  7. 7. Approaches Adopted • Joint development of mentorship plansNeeds and Standards DrivenNeeds and Standards Driven • Training of staff and board members • Demand driven Mentorship, training • Linkages for peer support • Private sector engagement • Development of capacity scoring matrix • Rapid participatory CSO self assessment for graduation; baseline data FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 7
  8. 8. Summary of FANIKISHA Approach Standards Driven Stakeholder engagement Learning Communication and Feedback CSO definition & Prequalification Work planning, Budgeting CSO Org.and Granting Selection Capacity Asst (OCA) Outcome CSOs that can deliver on the community health response and are Selection sustainable approval FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 8
  9. 9. t Scoring Matrix Score Level Definition Score 1: The CSO does not have the relevant tool and/or function in this subcategory Score 2: The CSO has a tool and/or function but does not meet the desired quality or it is incomplete – whether applied or not Score 3: The CSO has the desired tool or function, is complete, is of good quality but is not applied at all or consistently to support the CSO institutional processes. Score 4: The CSO has a tool or function, is complete, is of good quality and is applied consistently to carry out the CSO institutional processes. This is the desired standard for the subcategory FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 9
  10. 10. Evidence of Success andAchievements (1) • No CSO scored a 4 at Baseline • Six months later, four CSOs scored a 4 – significant capacity and; • 1 CSOs scored a three – satisfactory capacity • 1 CSO scored a two- evidence of some capacity FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 10
  11. 11. Evidence of Success and Achievements (2) • CSOs: • became results based from the start • were able to pinpoint specific capacity needs • prioritized their needs • requested for capacity building • Graduation indicators improved performance in the entire category • 4 CSOs were graduated to receive programmatic grants • Resources were saved- HR, Finances etc • Freed staff timeFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 11
  12. 12. Lessons Learnt • Use demand driven approaches • Be results oriented from the start • Set capacity building targets • Ensure CSO participation • Build on what exists • Initiate peer support in mentorship • Measure capacity developmentFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 12
  13. 13. Challenges and Counter-strategiesemployed Challenge Counter-strategy • CSO articulation of • Training of CSOs on results based approach graduation indicators in capacity building took • Regular follow up long • Risk of CSOs leaving • Joint planning other project indicators • Training necessary for capacity • Use of demand driven building process in capacity building FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 13
  14. 14. Conclusions • Identifying key CSO capacity building graduation indicators; • Developing necessary capacity development, assessment tools; and approaches; • fast tracks CSOs uptake of capacity building Graduation indicators contribute to quick wins in CSO capacity developmentFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 14
  15. 15. Recommendations: • Capacity development should be results based • Continuous improvement of the graduation indicatorsFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 15
  16. 16. Enabling Kenyan Civil Society Organizations for Lasting Health Impact Funding was provided by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement AID-623-A-11-00029.FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 16

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