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Purity Njagi - MSH Kenya

  1. 1. Analysis of institutional capacity gaps of local health CSOs in Kenya; Challenges and Lessons learned Author: Purity Njagi Presenter: Henry KilonzoFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 1
  2. 2. Back ground• Goal: Sustained improvement in the health and well-being of all Kenyans• Aim: to ensure and sustain CSO contribution in the health sector• Target: 10 national-level CSOs and their affiliates Expected results; Strengthen leadership, management, and governance of CSOs Increase access and use of quality data for evidence-based decision making Improve quality of institutional strengthening for CSOsFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 2
  3. 3. Description of context• The growth of CSOs in Kenya has been very rapid• A significant proportion of community health grants have been channeled through international CSOs• Why international NGOs? • Capacity of the local CSOs remains low • Weak national coordination and regulation structures for CSOs • Organisational capacity is a key eligibility criterion for funding to local CSOs.FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 3
  4. 4. Approaches adoptedFANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 4
  5. 5. Methodology used;FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 5
  6. 6. Click to editCSO Scoring MasterMatrix style titleScore 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 6
  7. 7. Findings • The assessment revealed critical capacity gaps that require strengthening • Institutional strength varied amongst CSOs and across the 10 capacity categories. • Seven CSOs demonstrated overall satisfactory capacity, while six CSOs demonstrated low capacity. • Grant management emerged as the weakest; where all CSOs scored 1 or 2.FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 7
  8. 8. Challenges and counter-strategiesemployedChallenges Counter strategiesCSOs perception on capacity Held pre- assessment meeting to manageassessments as a selection expectations and clarify objectives of thecriteria AssessmentDivergent views between staff FANIKISHA technical advisors were presentand management on capacity to provide technical guidance on thestatus expected standardCSOs overrating their capacity Onsite review of documents and systems provided tangible evidence to guide on the actual gapsLack of disclosure in presence of Assurance to all participants of the needkey stakeholders. for confidentially on the process and any information disclosed FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 8
  9. 9. Evidence of success and achievements• Accelerated performance by CSOs, as some “This is an honest evaluation. We have heard comments in “This is an honest evaluation. We have heard comments in commenced the past from members saying NEPHAK does not have the past from members saying NEPHAK does not have adequate capacity. Now we have the confirmation. We adequate capacity. Now we have the confirmation. We implementation of the OCA will work to fill the gaps identified and also move this to will work to fill the gaps identified and also move this to recommendations prior to our constituent community levels.” our constituent community levels.” ---Rahab Mwaniki, Resource Mobilization Manager, ---Rahab Mwaniki, Resource Mobilization Manager, award NEPHAK NEPHAK“This process has been aagreat learning for “This process has been great learning forus. …………………….. ……..which has been very us. …………………….. ……..which has been very “After we concluded the organizational capacity “After we concluded the organizational capacitycomprehensive all the way from systems comprehensive all the way from systems assessment with FANIKISHA, we immediately assessment with FANIKISHA, we immediatelyassessment and the final discussions on our assessment and the final discussions on our developed aaresource mobilization strategy, which developed resource mobilization strategy, whichorganization’s capacity. Even ififwe are not organization’s capacity. Even we are not is one of the key gaps that we identified during the is one of the key gaps that we identified during theselected to partner with FANIKISHA, we will selected to partner with FANIKISHA, we will process.” process.”definitely address the gaps that you have definitely address the gaps that you havehelped us identify.” helped us identify.” Philip Waweru, Executive Director, Philip Waweru, Executive Director,-- Wilfred Owuor, -- Wilfred Owuor, National Organization of Peer Educators National Organization of Peer EducatorsCEO of Omega Foundation, Kisumu CEO of Omega Foundation, Kisumu (NOPE) (NOPE) FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 9
  10. 10. Lessons learnt• Engaging and participation of stakeholders ensured objectivity in the assessment• Leveraged resources as stakeholders were made aware of existing capacity• The approach stimulated reflection, learning, and dialogue among CSO staff• The approach ensures gaps and opportunities are examined, and ideas for addressing them generated real time.FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 10
  11. 11. Conclusion• The OCA was a participatory tool designed to assist CSOs to identify their strengths, weaknesses and institutional strengthening needs• The participatory approach stimulated ownership of the findings by all (staff, management and board)• The approach has facilitated positive uptake of technical assistance and mentorship to CSOs.FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project 11
  12. 12. 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 12

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