Maximpact: Training for Refugees & Migrants to Facilitate Labour Market Intergration

Bill Wolsey, owner of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast is interviewing the refugee participants.

Bill Wolsey, owner of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast is interviewing the refugee participants.

June 26, 2018, Maximpact has organized interviews for all the participants of the English for Hospitality program.

The English for Hospitality language training ends this week and several participants have already found jobs within the sector. Other participants have interviews lined up for this and next week.

Bill Wolsey, the owner of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, is very interested in providing job opportunities to migrants and refugees. He took time from his busy schedule to come and meet our participants to tell them about the hospitality industry, career growth and opportunities.

At the end of the interview, Mr. Wolsey has set interviews for next week with his HR department to see what jobs they can be allocated.

For more information contact Maximpact at info(at)maximpact.com

Language for Employment and Vocational Training Program to Integrate Refugees Faster into the Labour Market

Today the world finds itself in front of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Culminating with Syria conflict, over 60 million people have been displaced globally.

Countries accepting refugees are struggling to reconcile humanitarian and economic aspects of the ongoing crisis. Supporting repatriation or integration are two possible solutions for mitigating refugee and immigrant experience. Even though supporting sustainable repatriation would be the best solution, that option is not feasible for many refugees, in particular those coming from countries where devastating conflicts are still going on.

Integration of the refugees into local communities is a long process. Statistics show that it takes 5 to 6 years to integrate 50% of migrants into the labour market and up to 15 years to get 70% them employed.

Research carried out by the University of Sussex has identified that some of the most important obstacles for integration occurs due to insufficient knowledge of local language and a lack of the access to employment and vocational training for the sectors in demand for the foreign labour force.

Maximpact brings together the needs of local labour markets and refugee integration by implementing innovative, sector-specific language and vocational training for employment of refugees and migrants.

With its refugee-migrant education and employment program Maximpact offers the possibility to corporations, governments, NGOs and other private and public organisations that to work together towards helping refugees and migrants to rebuild and change people’s lives for the better.

Find out more about the training program

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Are you interested in carrying out or sponsoring Language for Employment and Training for Refugees?

Whether you are a company looking for a corporate social responsibility program, an International Nonprofit Organisation or perhaps home office or government body – you can make a real change in people’s lives by offering refugees Language for Employment and/or Vocational Training program.

Social and economic integration can be achieved faster by equipping refugees with the necessary skills and connecting them to employers.

At Maximpact, we take care of the entire cycle.

Contact Caroline at carolinek(at)maximpact.com

 

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Maximpact Organises Recruitment Day for Women Migrants for the Care Sector

Last Thursday, 21 June 2018, Maximpat has organised a recruitment day at HAPANI office with one of the largest providers of homecare services in the UK. In less than eight years they have grown from one business to 200 delivering 20,000 customer visits every day.

Today, they are looking to help refugees and migrants into employment by providing them with work opportunities and training.

During the recruitment day, it was identified that out of 23 participants only three spoke good English to be hired, the rest require English courses. The participants have been in Northern Ireland between 3 months and 3 years.

Maximpact is now working with their partners to create a women empowerment project to provide women with the necessary training and employment opportunities.

Would you like to support these women to find work? Contact us to see how!

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Sector-Specific Language Skills for Employment

Sector Specific Language for Employment is designed to overcome challenges refugees and migrants face when attending current English courses. These challenges are gender based, religion and discrimination, geographical logistics and teacher’s language barrier.

Maximpact and its team have designed an innovative online live training concept, which has been proven to resolve the problems encountered and increase the rate at which the refugees learn and find work.  Read More

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Job-Ready Vocational Training Services in the Care Sector

Care sector has a shortage of staff and refugees would be a good fit to fill in the job positions.

The training is carried out by the largest homecare provider in the country, ensuring the best vocational training is provided.

Depending on the level of language, refugees and migrants will be given language training for care followed by a 5 day on the job training including practical experience. Training is a blend of online live and on location training. Read More

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Employment Ready Vocational Training in Hospitality Sector

Depending on the level of English, trainees will improve their language skills for working in hospitality and will also receive on-the-job training for developing industry specialised skills.

The language training is carried out online by a live trainer. The trainer applies a highly interactive methodology, which is adapted to each participant. Vocational training is carried out within a hotel or restaurant.  Read More

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Employment Ready Vocational Training in Agriculture Sector

Refugees and migrants are trained in “Harvesting and picking” and “Packaging”.

Agricutlure industry has a shortage of agriculture workers as more young people leave into the city to find white-colour jobs. Read More


Taking Action on Youth Employment

Taking Action on Youth Employment

 Jordan, Middle East, February 7, 2018 – Maximpact Training Network would like to present one of it’s partners Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE).

JEFE was established in 2006 as the first affiliate in the Education For Employment (EFE) Network, and today is one of Jordan’s leading youth employment organizations. Based in Amman, Jordan EFE operates across Jordan, particularly in under-served areas in Irbid and Zarqa.

The EFE Network extends across Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hubs in the USA, Europe, and the UAE.

JEFE’s impact is astounding:

  • Over 5,300 youth in Jordan linked to employment and the wider world of work.
  • 54% of Jordan EFE graduates are young women.
  • 191 employers have hired Jordan EFE alumni.

Their latest program “Jordan Competitiveness Programme” was implemented with the support of USAID to help train and better prepare 853 beneficiaries, of whom more than 600 were placed in full-time jobs. The programme, launched in 2015, has already placed 600 new graduated in private sector. As part of the programme, JEFE led 26 training sessions to better prepare the new graduates for the Jordanian job market.

JEFE, through sponsored programmes, prepares and assists youth and women for employment.

Read two stories of how JEFE helped Hala Hourani (sales assistant) and Shatha Al Qurashi (entrepreneur).

Hala Hourani , JEFE’s Alumna.

Hala Hourani , JEFE’s Alumna.

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Hala Hourani is a 21-year-old female living in Amman. Hala found herself yearning to pursue a meaningful and fulfilling career; but she had to overcome many obstacles along the way. After her parents retired, she wanted to provide for her family. She hated asking her parents for money and began feeling like a burden to her family.

Hala loved working with people, so she obtained a diploma in Tourism Management and Hospitality. Despite her hard work, Hala had to face the harsh reality that her diploma did not guarantee her a job. She searched for employment for five months, which caused her to be stressed and emotionally exhausted. Hala said, “I began to feel useless. I worked so hard for a diploma and it was put to waste.”

Hala then found hope when she discovered JEFE and enrolled in the hospitality program funded by Drosos Foundation. JEFE provided her with soft skills she needed to work in any hospitality position. She also began to learn the technical skills needed to work in a restaurant and now feels that she can work in any position inside of any restaurant.

Hala not only learned the technical and soft skills needed to work in a restaurant, but she also gained confidence in doing such. Hala’s instructors bragged about her ability to learn quickly. This positive encouragement gave Hala the confidence she needed to find a job. Hala not only learned the skills she needed, but she said she learned how to be a better version of herself. Hala said she now feels confident to accomplish anything that comes her way.

After Hala’s training, JEFE provided her with a job working at Paul Café and Restaurant preparing the various displays shown throughout the cafe.

Hala became passionate about her work and loves her new job. She loves getting the opportunity to work and communicate with people from all over the world and she is enjoying using her creative skills to prepare all of the displays inside of the restaurant.

Hala said she has found the meaning to life. When talking about her plan in the future, Hala said, “If I work hard enough, I want to become a manager of a restaurant. Or possibly own my own restaurant. Without JEFE I don’t believe I would be this optimistic about my future.” With the support of her family and JEFE, Hala has become an example to women around the world to follow their passion. Hala is proud of her job and is excited to continue her career.

Shatha Al Qurashi, JEFE’s Alumna.

Shatha Al Qurashi, JEFE’s Alumna.

Shatha Al Qurashi

Facing a difficult job market, many young university graduates experience that obtaining their degree does not necessarily equal finding a job. Amongst the many struggling to find opportunities to make a living, one was Shatha Al Qurashi (24 years) from Ajloun. For her, the solution was a job training program. In about one year, she went from being unemployed to becoming her own boss.

After graduating with an accounting diploma from Balqaa Applied University, Shatha was looking forward to find a job that would enable her to provide for her parents; a housewife and a retired father from Ausara- Ajloun, as well as her 14 siblings. After 18 months of resultless searches for a job, she began to lose hope.

Fortunately, she stumbled upon an advertisement for a garment assembly line course for women in Ajloun. Offered jointly by UNDP and JEFE under the “Youth Employment Generation Programme in Arab Transition Countries”, the course mission extended beyond training, and promised to facilitate actual job placement for all participating trainees.

Curious about this opportunity, Shatha decided to give it a chance, despite the fact that she had no experience in sewing or garment assembly. By the end of the two-month program, Shatha obtained the practical training needed to become a garment assembly line professional. According to her own testimony, she quickly “started to love sewing and the whole garment industry”. As a part of the program, she was also trained in leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and she asked herself: “Why should I stop at working in a factory? I am capable of becoming my own boss”. Her goal was to start up a business that would allow her to not only make money to support her family, but also help other women by employing them.

Less than a year later, she opened up her own tailoring workshop in Ebeen, a vibrant area in downtown Ajloun. Her workshop is gaining a posi- tive reputation in the local market for its quality production, and she has already signed several production agreements.

Shatha’s vision for the future of her business includes buying more sewing machines and increasing her workforce to 15 female employees. She even envisages herself opening up her own factory in the future. In the meantime, she strives to be a source of inspiration for local women, underlining that with hard work, dreams can be realized.


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Increasing Resilience, Improving Quality of Life

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How an NGO, BARKA, increases resilience, improves quality of life, and empowers people in Burkina Faso. NGOs do make a difference.

Burkina Faso, West Africa, February 7, 2018 – Maximpact Training Network would like to present one of its trainees in Grant Proposal Writing, and show how BARKA Foundation is improving people’s and communities’ lives.

BARKA is affiliated with the United Nations and has Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Affairs Division (ECOSOC). It is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization established in 2006 in the United States. In 2009, they registered as a local country-based organization in Burkina Faso.

BARKA’s international development work is focused solely in Burkina Faso, West Africa. BARKA Foundation currently works with 9 village communities in the Eastern Region of Burkina Faso. Our approach is community-led and long-term. We continue to walk along side villagers long after a project is completed, which often leads to other much needed services in related areas. For example, in 2016, BARKA began developing a sustainable agriculture project with two villages where it had previously drilled a well. The water from those wells will be used to irrigate the new gardens during the long dry season and combat both malnutrition and the devastating effects of climate change.

The NGO has recently completed its largest project to date to improve access to water in 4 villages, introduce and improve sanitations in 4 rural primary schools and raise awareness of basic hygiene principals at the community level in 5 villages.

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Barka’s areas of focus are:

  • Water: providing access to clean water, improving sanitation and hygiene education for schools and communities
  • Women: empowering women and girls with various projects and  programs
  • Agroecology: helping local farmers combat climate change through agroecology and sustainable agriculture
  • Reciprocity: BARKA serves as a bridge between individuals, schools and communities of Burkina Faso and the United States to facilitate greater understanding, cultural exchange and the co-creation of a culture of peace.

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For more information on BARKA Foundation visit www.barkafoundation.org to make a tax-deductible donation

Donate in-kind services: technology, accounting services, web services, design, marketing.


Featured image: ‘A girl carries water home on a bike’ image from BARKA foundation website – Monitoring and Evaluation. 

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Institutional Cooking Stoves in Uganda

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The Dissemination of Improved Institutional Cooking Stoves to Primary and Secondary Schools in Uganda

The pupils of 600 schools need your help. See how a Ugandan cooking stove project intends to improve their lives. 

Uganda, East Africa, February 2, 2018 – Part of the Maximpact mission includes assisting worthwhile projects to raise awareness. Today we would like to introduce one such project, ‘The Dissemination of Improved Institutional Cooking Stoves to Primary and Secondary Schools in Uganda’. The initiative is helping to improve the lives of children and their communities, while reducing emissions through the distribution of improved institutional cooking stoves.

The project’s purpose is to deploy up to 1,200 institutional improved cook stoves (IICS) into 600 schools all over Uganda by the end of 2019. This will provide benefits to approximately 360,000 pupils.

The current traditional cooking technologies consume tremendous amounts of firewood, causing significant CO2 emissions, as well as creating health issues for the people working in the kitchens.

VEW’s Institutional Stoves achieve the following benefits:

  • Reduces firewood consumption by around 70%. This represents significant financial savings. After 5 years of operation they will have saved more than the cost of the stoves.
  • The firewood savings from a single stove will result in a reduction of approximately 70 tons of CO2 per year thereby helping to mitigate the global climate crisis.
  • Saves more than 8,000 ha of forests and decrease environmental degradation.
  • Improves the indoor air quality, reducing the prevalence of respiratory diseases in the kitchens.
  • Decreases unsustainable deforestation.

The project is being implemented by Virunga Engineering Works (VEW), the local producer of the Stoves together with the environmental consultancy, mkaarbon safari. 

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Context Description & Problem Statement

The Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) estimated in 2012 that only 7% of the population were using clean and efficient cooking stoves. Institutions in Uganda, like schools, health centres, prisons, commercial buildings and restaurants primarily rely on traditional cooking technologies, such as three stone stoves, open fires etc.

The most prevalent cooking fuel in the schools of Uganda is wood. 96% of schools use wood as their main cooking fuel. The remaining 4% of schools use charcoal.

Unsustainable deforestation results in environmental degradation, jeopardizing biodiversity, decreasing soil fertility, and causing water run-off and soil erosion, while smoke and particulates related to cooking in the kitchens results in the premature death of both the cooks and their assistants.

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Project Objectives

The project objective is to achieve an annual reduction of 45,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. To give you an idea, 1 ton of CO2 would be emitted if you drive continuously for 38.85 hours in your car, or the energy used by the average house over a 28 days period.

This will be achieved by distributing 1,200 long-lasting IICS of 300 l capacity to 600 schools all over Uganda.

The IICS are manufactured by Virunga Engineering Works (VEW), who are based in Uganda. Along with emission reductions (SDG 13), the project will contribute to other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the following ways:

  • For schools to reduce the money spent for purchasing firewood (SDG 1)
  • For schools to reduce the money spent for replacing IICS (SDG 7)
  • For cooks/assistants in the kitchen to reduce respiratory illness caused by indoor air-pollution (SDG 3)
  • To decrease unsustainable deforestation and environmental degradation (SDG 15)
  • Help mitigate climate change and contribute positively to SDG 13, by stabilizing forests, increasing biodiversity, enhancing soil fertility and water retention, as well as preventing soil erosion (SDG 15).

The savings each school will make by not having to purchase an IICS, as well as the on-going savings on the cost of firewood, can be utilised for other purposes, such as:

  • Offering scholarships
  • New classrooms
  • Refurbished dormitories
  • Learning materials
  • Improved nutrition

The savings will mean each school has more money to invest in providing a quality education to its pupils in line with SDGs 2 and 4. 

 What makes VEW IICS stoves different 

The IICS stoves durability far exceeds normal expectations. While other models and brands on the market last 2-3 years, VEW’s stoves last 25+ years when properly utilised and with only basic maintenance. With the occasional replacement of spare parts, the IICS can potentially last much longer than this.

This durability comes from VEW’s use of ultra-heavy duty construction materials. They use a combination of galvanized and stainless steel, cast iron and volcanic rock.
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The project is focusing on institutional cooking stoves, rather than on household ones, because they can achieve the same degree of impact with less administrative burden and buy-in of less individuals. 

The project will be certified as a Gold Standard carbon project, hence a rigorous monitoring, quality assurance and quality control have to be followed. Usage and maintenance of the IICS will be continuously monitored, reported and verified for at least 15 years by VEW and mkaarbon safari.

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Schools need your help…

The main challenge schools face is paying for the stoves. Schools don’t have the financial means to pay the full IICS price.

The aim of this fundraising is to allow schools to get access to the improved stoves by providing the funding for them. However, schools do have to contribute a fraction of the cost in order to strengthen the feeling of ownership and appreciation for the improved stove.

Schools need your help to eliminate the use of inefficient and dirty cooking methods, and so they can start enjoying the benefits of an efficient and clean cooking stove.


For more information on how to help contact: 

Virunga Engineering Works (VEW): Max Gold (Managing Director)  Email: contact@VirungaEngineeringWorks.com

mkaarbon safari: Johann Thaler (Managing Director)
Email: johann.thaler@mkaarbonsafari.com

How can your NGO organize ToT training?

NGO’s by their very nature are not concerned with the accumulation of wealth. Whether you are classed as charitable, community based, national or international, the outlook and goals are usually far more long term.

Financing these goals usually takes a lot of effort and commitment from dedicated people within the NGO whose passion drives the project forward. This leaves little funding for anything other than the absolute essentials needed to fund the NGO itself, and while many have operating budgets of 100’s of millions, many also rely purely on volunteers.

This can create a conflict between the general ethos of an NGO, and their potential to utilize training to become more competent and efficient, ultimately helping them to increase sustainability and growth. Fortunately there are many options open to an NGO that wishes to broaden the skillset of their staff and volunteers in relevant and practical ways.

Possible ways to fund training

The options available to your NGO will in part depend on the nature of the organization. No matter what source of income you rely on, private donors, public or government grants, membership fees, or just simply the goodwill of others, we have purposely selected ways to raise funds or reduce costs that will work for the majority. 

Short term:

Proposal: Put together a small proposal to submit to donors or government to raise sponsorship. The benefits of training are well documented, and a very strong case can be made that’s equally as beneficial to your donors or supporters.

Reduce the cost: When you are organizing training why not reach out to other NGO’s that would also benefit from the training. This allows you to split the cost between the organizations, and makes the training even better value for money.

Network: Larger NGO’s will usually have a primary supporter, or a board full or people that aren’t being fully utilized. Don’t be afraid to ask about potential companies or sponsors they may be aware of.

Long term:

Incorporate Training: In the longer term it is advisable to incorporate training into the grants you seek for projects. The training will be relevant to the project, and help the effectiveness of the NGO in achieving its goals. Funding training this way can also help with keeping the overhead percentage to a minimum.

These are just a few general suggestions. There may be other ways that are more specific to just your NGO. For example, if you have membership fees you could ask your members to contribute an extra (possibly optional) nominal amount as part of the fee to fund the training. Nobody knows your NGO as well as you so get creative. NGO’s who are funded by corporations may be able to leverage plain old-fashioned good will. Companies like a return on the money they invest, even if that return isn’t financial. Showing the many ways the training will benefit the NGO, and ultimately the beneficiaries of the NGO’s work can create a feel good factor for donors.

Why is it worth all the effort?

The advantages of training are well documented, but many think that because they already have experience and everything is working, it is an unnecessary expense. Every industry is continually progressing, and if you’re standing still you’re effectively going backwards.

At Maximpact we specifically tailor the training to the specific needs of the organization. This makes a persons level of experience far less relevant, as the training will be customized for their specific needs. If this isn’t incentive enough then here’s just a few of the other benefits of continued training.

  • Increased morale among employees and volunteers
  • Increased motivation
  • Higher capacity for adoption of new methods and technologies
  • Reduced level of personnel turnover
  • A higher level of efficiency in their role

Ability to provide training as a service by the NGOs creates an extra revenue stream and decreasing their dependency on donor funding.

The primary goal of all of this is to strengthen the potential of your NGO to achieve its goals. Whether the purpose of your NGO is to help your local community or change the world, the environment you work within is fluid and ever evolving, so make sure your NGO stays as relevant and capable as it possibly can by evolving along with the world around it. The best way to ensure this is regular and tailored training specific to your employees and your goals. Lets make our efforts as sustainable as the world we are working towards building.

Interested in providing your own training programs but need training on how to create training programs? Contact info@maximpact.com


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NGOs Grow With Maximpact’s Training-of-Trainers

Capacity building and NGO’s external benefits (accountability to donors and local communities)

For many years now, NGO sector has been acting as an agent of change empowering and fostering local communities towards sustainable socio-economic development.

NGO programs that focus on peace building, democratic governance, human rights as well as fighting poverty and inequality are implemented around the world.

Yet, no matter how many successful projects have been created, in the final phase of implementation the last challenge remains – ensuring project sustainability.

To increase the chances that activities and policies fostered by NGOs will be integrated and utilized within targeted community groups upon project completion, it is helpful to have people within the project target group who know how to maintain new practices and policies once the NGO staff has completed their mission.

One of the most effective ways to carry out this goal is capacity building.

Capacity building has become one of the most important measures for ensuring project sustainability and is requested by the donor community.

Building the capacity of NGOs and projects to change negative perceptions, inefficient practices, and harmful behavior of governments, decision makers and policy makers is an emerging requirement usually implemented by reputable, successful NGOs.

Ensuring that NGOs have the capacity to undertake this important outreach means training NGO staffers, who will then be able to effectively communicate with community members and train them to carry out the core necessary tasks to ensure project sustainability and positive impact.

NGOs can build upon the success of their core programs by sharing their skills with others in the community, whether that community is a village, town, state, country or the entire world.

But the sharing of skills is a skill in itself. It requires training to sharpen effective communications strategies, including active listening, outreach that will be accepted by the community, assessment and follow up.

Maximpact provides need-based and sector-specific tailored training to strengthen the capacity of NGOs, projects and programs worldwide. Organizations can carry out training in any area they need, such as fundraising, or select Agriculture, WASH and Waste Management Training-of-Trainers.

The Internal Benefits of Capacity Building for an NGO

Capacity building is required to demonstrate an NGO’s accountability for and sustainability of project results to donors and local communities. It also is essential in growing the internal abilities of an NGO to perform its mission in the most efficient and effective way.

In order to adapt to the fast-changing environment of development and humanitarian assistance, many NGOs require new skills of their staff members. Internal communication and coordination of complex programs can pose challenges to staffers. Strengthening their ability to collaborate with partners becomes even more important.

Through its Training-of-Trainers programs designed for NGOs, Maximpact offers solutions to these and other common challenges faced by the NGO community.

NGOs benefit through such programs. By becoming trainers, NGO leaders can extend their services, enhancing the reputation of their organization and generating new revenue streams.

While building their own skills as trainers, NGO leaders are empowered to motivate community members to become trainers themselves, expanding the knowledge of the whole community.

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Maximpact offers customized training programs designed to serve NGOs working in the field of AgricultureWASH and Waste .

These programs offer triple benefits. They train participants in: technical, operational and preparation skills.

The Maximpact Training-of-Trainers program will graduate a competent and enthusiastic staff of trainers equipped with the skills and resources to transform local areas through sustainable agricultural methods tailored to local conditions and cultures.

The Maximpact Training-of-Trainers program for WASH consists of 11 main modules covering water pollution, water scarcity and climate change; and the practical possibilities for sustainable financing.

The Waste Management Training-of-Trainers program will introduce recent technology and most advanced techniques in waste management.

All these programs are expected to raise the skills of the NGO sector to create and deliver their own WASH, Agriculture and Waste capacity building programs.

Based on the specific needs of an NGO, the Maximpact Training-of-Trainers programs offer the flexibility to select one or more of the presented modules and/or request training in any additional sector-related topics.

Maximpact will adapt the program to the local context where trainings take place, as well as to the nature and knowledge level of training participants.

All Maximpact programs are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, incorporating the climate change and gender aspects of these ambitious goals.

To ensure sustainability, Maximpact has created a Post-Training Mentorship Program to further support the training participants in applying their training to their day-to-day work.

Participants of Maximpact capacity building training programs enhance the socio-environmental impact and sustainability of their NGO projects. Their communities experience upward economic mobility as the graduates, in turn, teach local enterprises the skills they need to succeed.

Implementation modalities and service conditions

Maximpact trainers can provide either virtual or in-house training, or both.

The training service fee will depend on:

  • the number of topics or modules selected
  • the mode of training delivery – in-house or virtual
  • the number of days during which the training will take place
  • the choice of national or international expert to conduct the training

To get started, the NGO fills in the pre-training assessment form, click for link: Maximpact Training Form

Then, Maximpact finds the right expert and submits a service proposal to that expert for review and approval.

To receive a quote for your organizations training, please contact info@maximpact.com.


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Why Capacity Building and Tailored Training are in High Demand

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The critical role of capacity building programs in achieving sustainable development of projects, programs and businesses today is being recognized by a growing majority of donors around the world. There has been a recent influx of grants available for NGOs, CSOs private and public organizations for capacity building and tailored training, and it’s really no surprise. Capacity building and tailored training for NGOs CSOs can be essential in educating a team, organization or network to fulfill its stated mission effectively.

Challenges are an inevitable companion of any organization and/or project, especially if that organization/project is innovative or ground-breaking in its area of operation. However, some of these challenges can grow into big problems impeding you from obtaining your goals. When your organization effectively changes and improves to adapt to the fast-paced, continually-changing business environment, victory over such problems is possible, paving the way for higher levels of success.

Organizations can address many of their technical and/or operational challenges through capacity building programs.

What Exactly is Capacity Building?

Capacity building is a conceptual approach to social or personal development that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations from realizing their development goals. Capacity building also enhances the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results. Capacity development is a process of change, and hence it is about managing transformations.

The main preconditions of any well designed capacity building program are that it is based on change management theory and adult learning techniques that allow for smooth and efficient knowledge transfer to final users. One of the main objectives of a capacity building program is to prepare a group or organization to be able to pivot and remain flexible in a fast-changing marketplace with ever-shifting conditions.

Capacity building measures may be created for different purposes and may take the form of different approaches ranging from specialized training and workshops to policy and technical advisory to mentoring and coaching. Some of the most common areas targeted by a capacity building program include:

1. Skills and organizational structure improvements

Upgrading TECHNICAL skills of existing staff

Adjusting and optimizing human resources structure

2. Performance improvement

Development of mission-focused communication strategy and tools

Providing instructions regarding how to adopt more efficient and effective technologies

3. Guidance in the creation of key partnerships

Learning how to raise funds through targeted proposal writing

Optimizing project management

Making a more efficient budgeting system

Creating monitoring and evaluation

The success of capacity building is measured by the level of the operational and organizational strength you as organization achieve through the program. The ultimate goal is to position your enterprise as a top lever performer within your sector of operation.

Capacity building is key to success for all business projects, NGOs, CSOs, public and private organizations. It should be implemented in a timely manner in order to maximize an organization’s mid- and long-term success. Investing in capacity building is one of the most important aspects of developmental work.

Capacity Building Benefits

Stronger Resources: Key personnel are given the tools, new skills and guidance in how to overcome the challenges the organization is facing through targeted capacity building.

Strategic Relationship Development: Resources can also take the form of key external partnerships and relationships that are forged and strengthened during a project.

Internal Operations and Management: Capacity building on one project creates a strong framework internally for future projects going forward. Management becomes more adept and valuable to an enterprise.

A Clearer Vision and Strategy: The mission of the project as well as the most efficient strategies for achieving it become more clearly defined.

Governance and Leadership: The project is more likely to stay compliant with required company rules and industry guidelines.

A More Successful Outcome: With a more prepared and equipped staff, the project unfolds more efficiently and effectively. The result is a more successful outcome.

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder there has been an influx of grants given to NGOs and CSOs for capacity building. Are you ready to bring all of these benefits to your company or project?

Looking to develop your organization’s capacity?

Maximpact has been providing capacity building to organizations over the last several years. Maximpact capacity building expert network is highly experienced in assisting NGOs, CSOs and public and private organizations. We customized our CB programs to the most common emerging needs arising within 20 sectors covering community, water, agriculture, renewable energy and many others – click here to view all the sectors.

Maximpact has based its program on adult learning and change management theory and uses the most efficient knowledge transferring techniques such as:

  • Technical Advisory (Specialized consultants in 22 sector directly coaching and advising management in specialized fields.
  • Tailor made trainings and specialized workshops
  • TVET and VET including employment policy technical advisory
  • Training of Trainers
  • Learning by doing
  • Distance coaching and mentoring

Maximpact capacity building programs are designed to build technical and operational skills to increase your overall performance and market positioning. We deliver customized programs to NGOs/CSOs as well as projects and businesses in 20 sectors worldwide. These and numerous other reasons make Maximpact a unique, indispensable partner in the provision of CB services.

If you would like to learn more about our capacity building program, please contact info(at)maximpact.com for more information.


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Why private equity, investment funds, VCs and other types of investors need sector experts  

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MAXIMPACT BLOG November 20, 2016 Maximpact.com

Venture capitalists, private equity, angel investors and other financial firms play a huge role in economic growth. They stand as support to invention and innovation, fueling ventures with financial and operational support.

To stay ahead of the game and earn attractive returns VC’s, angel investors and private equity continuously look for:

  1. New investment opportunities.
  2. To improve, advise and monitor operations of the ventures they have already invested in. 

As markets, society, innovation and technology evolves – new sectors and markets emerge bringing new investment opportunities. Identifying and evaluating those opportunities may require specialized expertise. 

With time, new markets are forming. We have seen the technology boom in the 90s. The 21st century is bringing about the emergence of social and environmental markets such as affordable housing, biofuels, wind and solar energy sectors where specialized experts are required along the way.

Those subject-matter experts help VC’s, angel investors and private equities to identify market opportunities, trends, barriers, competition, as well as, evaluate potential investment from a technical and operational perspective, generate new ideas and act as advisors to management.

New Investments

It is not often that investment firms will have their in-house staff to properly vet new investment opportunities. Sector experts provide invaluable insight into new markets. They also help an equity firm understand the future trends of that industry. As most VC’s are looking for long-term investments, sector experts would need to assess factors such as industry evolution, current policies, available technology, and the effect of the macroeconomy on the sector.

Subject-matter experts, for instance water or biomass experts, can be engaged as advisors that can be reached out to when necessary. For example, a venture needs to comply with the new environmental policy that has just been enacted. The subject-matter expert would need to be brought in for assessment to make sure the business complies with the new policy and if not – what actions need to be taken. 

For every new investment that works, investment potential in the equity firm increases. Private investors, such as pension funds and family offices, will be more likely to give private equity, VC’s more money in the future.

Due Diligence

Doing the numbers on every investment is a crucial part of running a successful equity firm. However, financial diligence is only one of the disciplines that is needed before recommending an investment. Operations and business due diligence must also be conducted for a true assessment.

For instance, feasibility studies should be conducted within the green industry to test every scenario possible before investing in an unproven theory for wind, solar or natural energies. The more precise the knowledge of the experts in the sector, the better.

Having easy access to a pool of such experts is crucial for investment firms, as it saves them enormous amount of time, money, reduces frustration and streamlines their operations.

Click here to access expert directory that covers over 200 sectors and sub-sectors such as renewable energy, clean tech, agriculture, environment and more. Contact info@maximpact.com and their staff will find the expert you need.

After the Deal is Done

After the initial funding is done on a company, sector experts still have a role to play. Once a company is up and running financially, an expert will assist private equity teams in the following ways:

  • Strategy & Market Development – Experts in the sector will be able advise a successful market strategy. Sector experts will also be able to inform a VC why a market is developing in a certain way and where the opportunities lie in the future.
  • Operations – A sector expert has industry expertise to help a private equity fund develop the proper structure for its products or services to help a company streamline its processes. 
  • Capital Investments – A sector expert will be able to help management decide where to invest money in the company to properly expand and grow. This will be an essential function for every round of funding, not just the initial round of funding.
  • Research & Development – R&D is little more than trial and error without the insights of an expert who already has some experience about what competitors have done in the market and the experiments that are currently being run. Sector experts can contribute to ideas about what R&D efforts will work based on feasibility, demand, trends, industry needs through their extensive practical expertise.
  • On Demand Advice – One of the most important aspects of a sector expert within a company is the ability to address problems in real time. Technical advise and second opinion for certain challenges prove to be crucial to success. Start-ups and early stage ventures may not have the budget to hire experts with 30 plus years of experience, but they can and should reach out to them for on-demand advice. 

Having the ability to reach out to industry experts and advisors at any time is an asset to any team.

Access to expertise through Maximpact

Having easy access to subject-matter industry experts facilitates the operating process of private equity firms, VC’s and investment funds.

Maximpact offers access to a wide pool of pre-qualified experts covering 200 sectors and sub-sectors, who have worked on over 3,000 projects worldwide. Equity firms can book a call or hire an expert for a project.

Maximpact acts as a facilitator to VC’s, private equities and other financial institution by:

  • Providing free access to pre-qualified experts.
  • Providing back-end services such as due diligence, independent valuations and other financial services tailored to assist you in your operations.
  • Capacity building – if your team is already working to its full capacity and cannot take on new projects or needs assistance. Extend your capacity when you need it by engaging independent experts to work on projects.
  • Investment sourcing – receive new business opportunities in the sectors you are interested in.

Visit www.maximpact.com for more information or contact us at info@maximpact.com and tell us what you need. 


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What’s new at maximpact and how can we help you

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Tens of thousands of promising projects and ventures are being developed around the world, but too many fail for one reason — the services they need to get to that next step cannot be found or are out of reach.

Finding the right people to support your project is time-consuming. Identifying the right expertise, selecting quotes and arranging contracts can involve costly trial and error. What if you could access a global network of providers that made the process of buying the right services quicker, easier, more effective and, ultimately, of greater value?

Maximpact gives you exactly that.

Maximpact Resource Centre is a global marketplace for finding, buying and selling services, providing access to hundreds of select experts and resources that are ready to be put to work on your project.

Our unique network of like-minded people, all focused on creating a good impact and a more sustainable future, offers unlimited opportunities for those with common interests and goals to work with one another.

Whether you are a social entrepreneur, non-profit, incubator, accelerator corporation and government body, development agency or funder, Maximpact offers a range of solutions for projects of all sizes, including:

Maximpact has served the impact and sustainability sectors for over 4 years, building a growing community of 80,000 that covers more than 200 sectors and sub-sectors. Over 135 business and project services with consulting experience in over 700 businesses and projects around the world. Through our network, you can connect with the right people to help your project succeed.

You no longer have to work alone. Maximpact is your infrastructure, providing a network that brings many benefits. Join one of our global communities that best suits your needs, including entrepreneurs, consultants and many more. We believe that together and with the right environment, a network of positive, like-minded people can make a meaningful and positive impact for us all.

Why We Need Expert Consultants

Why We Need Expert Consultants

Seeking expert advice brings benefits of learning valuable insights from someone who knows exactly what you need to know but you get answers that are objective, precise and valuable. Experts qualified to offer advice in finance, marketing, green technology, non-profit and many other industries relevant in circular, impact and sustainability sectors will also help you avoid making mistakes that could prevent your project from achieving long-term goals.

Why You Need Advice from Expert Consultants

Advantages of Getting a Second Opinion

Whether unexpected or the result of ongoing issues, complex problems affecting the viability of your project may be resolved by a qualified second opinion from an expert. Qualified consultants combine years of experience with real-life lessons learned in situations similar to the challenges you may be facing. This enables consultants to determine solutions that are applicable and effective.

Expert Consultants Offer Analytical Power

Certain problems may require intrinsic resolutions that can only be gained by discussing these issues with hard-to find, subject matter experts specializing in agriculture, clean technology, education or environmental concerns regarding climate change. These sectors require expertise, analytic assessment of in-depth investigations that could possible include big data sets ( such as agriculture and climate change). By seeking advice from a specialized expert, you will have the ability to develop solutions based on solid, experience-based information culled from solid facts. Experts offer advice based on tried out past and current industries practices that provides projects with valuable insights on various challenges.

Fresh Perspectives Can Avoid Ineffective Observations

Sometimes all a project needs is a fresh yet qualified set of ears and eyes to provide them with useful insights that have been suppressed by the “daily routine factor”. Solving problems not only requires experience but also a definite degree of methodological creativity.

By providing fresh perspectives on a particular subject matter qualified consultants can save time, money and avoid possible setbacks. Expert advice and guidance allows projects to stay on track to achieve set objectives and time frames.

Consultants Allow Project Managers to Concentrate on Core Operations

Organizational, project and team leaders can effectively initiate, design, implement and carry out projects by engaging expert consultants assistance. Instead of spending time trying to streamline operations outside their area of expertise, leaders now have the time to do what they do best, whether it is developing marketing strategies, or procuring funding.

Are you looking for expert advice? Maximpact Consulting Network can help. We are a global consultants network that carefully pre-qualifies consulting experts covering 200+ sectors and sub-sectors, 135 business and project services with consulting experience in over 600 businesses and projects, Maximpact is a leader in the field of consulting and project assistance. Maximpact posts consulting vacancies for free and facilitates your ability to find, speak to and hire the expert consultant of your choice.

Contact Maximpact today to discover the many advantages of speaking and engaging an experienced expert consultant who can give you the kind of powerhouse insights and advice your project needs to excel in your particular sector.

Maximpact Guest Contributors

Maximpact Ecosystems

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Maximpact Blog was created to highlight and discuss the various sector of focus areas covered within Maximpact Ecosystem.

Maximpact Ecosystem was designed as platform to bring together Social Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Non Profits, Intermediaries, Funders, Government bodies and Multilateral Institutions within impact and sustainability.

The Maximpact Blog is an integral part of this community, providing a commentary on key issues being addressed within over  200 sectors and sub-sectors focused on creating good impact and a more sustainable future.

CONTRIBUTE

At Maximpact, we strongly believe that open exchange and cross‐sector collaboration is the key to strengthening the emerging impact and sustainability sectors. Therefore we are always open to guest contributors wishing to submitted compelling, unique  bylined articles, news pieces and interviews that they feel our readership would enjoy.

In 2015 several writers request to contribute to the Maximpact Blog via our contribution section of the blog site. We were unable to get to all contributors last year and are excited that we will be starting this year with exciting opportunities for the blog and are able to contact all who registered.

If you would like to contribute to the Maximpact Blog in 2016 we would like to hear from you.

By submitting your content, you will benefit from access to a large global network of industry experts as well as increased promotion through Maximpact’s media channels. You will also receive full credit for your contribution as well as links to your sites and social media sites.

WHAT TYPE OF GUEST BLOGGING CONTENT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • General industry blogs is the areas of: impact investing, cleantech, sustainability, natural resources, circular economy, ocean economy, green construction, eco & green, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, biomimicry, renewable energy, philanthropy, CSR and our other sustainable sectors of focus.
  • The content should preferably be tied to the effects on sustainable enterprises and projects and impact investing
  • Reacting to, responding to and filtering of latest INDUSTRY news and information
  • Insights, case studies, “how to” articles and analysis
  • Opinions and commentaries on wider sector issues

To contribute send us an email with the subject title “Maximpact Contributor” to media(at)maximpact.com  and we will provide you with guest posting guidelines as well as additional information on how to submit your content.

PRESS

Our Maximpact communications team is always open to working with journalists around the world to share what Maximpact Ecosystems is creating with its unique network. If you’re a member of the media and would like to talk to us, please get in touch at press(at)maximpact.com