How Capacity Building Training Increases The Effectiveness And Sustainability Of NGOs

The advantages of capacity building training run far deeper than you might initially think. Instigating both general and targeted training can change the whole feel of an organization to those working or volunteering for it. It shows a commitment on the NGO’s part not just to the mission at hand, but to the individuals on the front line. This willingness to offer more to your personnel makes the whole feel of the NGO more professional and dynamic. It keeps you at the cutting edge, and breeds loyalty amongst those you rely on.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the well-documented advantages, as well as a few lesser-known ones that are more specific to NGOs.

General Advantages To Capacity Building Training

There’s a long list of well-known advantages to continued training. Here are just a few of them:

  • Organizational skill building: Training allows organizations to foster in-house skills. Qualified team is the most valuable asset an organization can have. Developing in-house skills builds operational efficiency and successful achievement of long-term goals. 
  • Change Management: This is paramount for all organizations, especially those dealing with expansion of organizations or perhaps changes to their current policies.
  • Communication: An understanding of different perspectives and views can help us to communicate more effectively between team members, partners, networks, donors, communities and other stakeholders.
  • Ethical responsibility: NGOs are often working towards a bigger goal in communities or areas with susceptible individuals. Understanding the importance of the responsibility to act ethically is essential for front line personnel.
  • Quality improvement: Maintaining or exceeding the expected standards requires an understanding of the quality concepts.

In addition to these there are many other areas, including raising awareness about their mission. These all play a key role in a modern and productive work environment.

Lets be specific

This is where the benefits can be quantified in a much more specific way. By creating a training program specific to the skillset required for the effectiveness of your NGO you allow us to target key areas of your organization where gains can be made. We provide this service for different industries, such as agriculture, but lets look at our flexible program aimed at Agriculture, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Waste Management

Agriculture Training-of-Trainer (ToT) program provides the tools to organizations to train youth, women and communities in agriculture sector. This ToT program also covers the methods by which small holders can combine their resources into effective cooperative interest groups and form linkages with NGOs and funding partners. By informing and providing a framework for success lenders, NGOs, farmers groups and individual growers can form a united value chain, linking the economic development of the region to the demands of national and global markets. With insight into regional challenges and an appropriate skillset to revitalize agriculture, Maximpact training program can help to improve agribusiness and allow opportunities for small growers to participate fully in local and global markets.

WASH related problems often involve personnel being on the ground in unstable regions. To operate to maximum efficiency an understanding political, environmental and social factors all need to be taken into account. These aspects purely deal with improving areas related to operational efficiency, but these aren’t the only challenges faced.

Waste Management ToT program is designed for organizations such as NGOs, civil society organizations and businesses to carry out this program. Professionals coming from the NGO sector require both integrated knowledge on waste management and the capacity to transfer that knowledge further to the target groups identified by their programs.

The NGO sector is supposed to act as the agent of change for impactful and sustainable project implementation in this sector. For that reason, we at Maximpact believe that by empowering local non-profit organizations with skills, knowledge, technological solutions and business opportunities our expert trainers will create new trainers capable of training others.

Often a large part of projects is not just to give people the resources they require, but to also communicate the most up to date information in a way that will be assimilated by the community and help them accomplish and maintain the needed changes.  These programs can be specifically tailored to strengthen your NGO’s ability to provide technical and operational solutions in the Agriculture, WASH and Waste Management sectors.

Many areas can be incorporated or omitted as needed by individual NGOs. It can include relevant health and social issues, including disease transmission, management and prevention. Elevating the skills of the sector to deliver on the promises made by individual programs. Incorporating integrated planning to allow for smoother progress from management to the front line.

Integrated knowledge

This approach allows you to strengthen exactly where you need to strengthen. It can take your NGO from being the equivalent of your average keep for enthusiast that puts in all the effort and enjoys slow results, to becoming a professional athlete who understands all the finer aspects of training and works on weaknesses to eliminate them as much as possible.

Get in touch today and find out about taking your NGO to the next level with tailored training from Maximpact.


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.

ToT in WASH, Waste Management and Agriculture / TRIPLE BENEFIT

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.

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