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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.


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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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Maximpact Train-the-Trainer Sessions Build Capacity

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By Sunny Lewis,

Train-the-Trainer is a proven method of sharing knowledge that’s efficient and effective. Experts guide would-be trainers to achieve the skills that they themselves have already mastered – how to train others to share knowledge.

These are communications skills like active listening, accurate observing and helping participants to link the training they receive to their own jobs.

The trainees learn to present information clearly, respond to participant questions and lead activities that enhance and reinforce learning. They learn to share information in formal ways such as delivering courses, hosting workshops and presenting seminars and also in informal discussions.

Whether formal or informal in practice, Training of Trainers (TOT) is a high-level professional learning process whereby qualified trainers provide capacity building assistance for implementing evidence-based programs.

Maximpact is now offering custom-tailored capacity building training for nongovernmental and civil society organizations, associations, cooperatives and private companies that utilizes the Training of Trainers model.

Expert Maximpact trainers offer training in essential skills such as strategic planning, human resource management, fundraising, investor readiness and business development.

When trainees complete these tailored, hands-on, interactive workshops, they can go on to train people within their own organizations or out in the communities where they work, growing their own skills and helping others to grow too.

One of the world’s largest conservation organizations uses this approach in working with communities to help them conserve the natural resources on which they depend and respond to disasters when they strike.

World Wildlife Fund works in 100 countries throughout the world directly with humanitarian organizations, governments and local communities to help institute better practices for disaster response. WWF trainers aim to ensure that recovery, reconstruction and disaster risk reduction efforts include considerations of environmental sustainability in order to reduce risk and vulnerability.

“We can’t afford to continue to invest in short term solutions that don’t take into account how weather patterns, sea levels and land use are changing the nature and severity of flooding,” Anita van Breda, World Wildlife Fund’s senior director of environment and disaster said Wednesday. “The traditional approaches we’ve used to manage flooding in the past – like sea walls and levees – in most cases, won’t work in isolation for the types of floods we’re likely to experience in the future.”

The Flood Green Guide, developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance , provides a step-by-step framework for flood managers to understand the factors contributing to flood risk in their region, and to pull together the appropriate policies, nature based solutions, and traditional engineering to address the problem.

Now that an effective framework has been identified, it’s important to train people to face severe flooding in techniques they can use to reduce risk.

“New roads, tunnels and bridges should not only be able to withstand more severe flooding, but ideally contribute to the community’s resilience and safety,” said van Breda.

“Our framework encourages engineers, flood managers, planners, community members, and policymakers to collaborate around the table from the start to work together addressing multiple objectives,” she said.

Participants in these collaborative sessions then go to their own communities and train others in the techniques they have just learned themselves.

Similarly, Maximpact can help your organization to train its trainers.

All our capacity building trainings are tailor-made according to each organisation’s need and are based on change management theory and adult learning techniques.

Change management is a approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, and other operations that reshape a company or organization.

Maximpact has hundreds of experts on tap who can train your trainers to help your organization make the changes needed to face future challenges with confidence.


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Why Capacity Building and Tailored Training are in High Demand

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MAXIMPACT BLOG March 15, 2017 Maximpact.com

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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Strategic Planning, Project Support and M&E

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MAXIMPACT BLOG March 17, 2017 Maximpact.com

What makes a project successful? Project success isn’t just about completing it on time and on budget. A project can only be successful if all of its objectives are fully met and if the project succeeds in creating positive long term change in targeted settings.   

The accomplishment of every single stage is important to project’s success, but it is in the implementation phase that the project gets its concrete shape.

While the role of project management in every stage is well – defined, additional needs as well as challenges occurring in the project implementation may not be apparent at the beginning of the project cycle.  That is exactly the place where additional know- how might be required.

Project supporting services provided by outsourced additional human resources and taken before mid and after project implementation are also very important but often not sufficiently recognized as indispensable asset for the success of the project .

Any project is generally broken down into several stages, according to PRINCE2 the stages are:

  • Start-up or Pre-Project
  • Initiation
  • Implementation (Subsequent Delivery Stages) 
  • Final Delivery

Project Implementation Phases

For all projects, implementation requires three basic yet crucial activities to facilitate a successful project delivery:

  • Strategic Planning stage often requires involvement of supporting resources to provide specialized advice  which may be crucial in decision making process.
  • The process of defining M&E framework for ongoing measuring of the progress archived also has  proven to be  essential for final project  success. At the outset, effective start-up and initiation paves the way for a successful unfolding and result.

Different project management techniques may approach these initiation steps in different ways. PRINCE2 requires projects to be broken down into different phases. The plan for each delivery stage is designed at the end of last stage.

The following is an overview of the most important components of project management and implementation:

1. Strategic Planning

In the project start-up phase, the initial project brief is created to identify whether the project is viable enough to proceed to the initiating a project phase. Project initiation refers to the creation of project initiation documentation the detailed project document its structure, detailed revised budget, team, necessary delivery stages (in implementation) and the plan for the 1st delivery stage. 

The Project Initiation Document should cover all aspects of the project, including the project objective/need, risk management, change management, business case, communication management, and the designated team and their responsibilities (job description). Business case is crucial as this is the document that outlines WHY the project should be implemented and must be reviewed continuously throughout the project.

After the Project Initiation Document has been approved, the implementation phase begins.

If you need advice or assistance regarding strategic planning, contact info@maximpact.com.

Maximpact can bring expert advice to projects and businesses at all stages. Our consultants have worked with clients like the UN, USAID, UNDP, FAO, World Vision, GIZ and many more. We can assist you in your initial project start-up phase to ensure effective strategic planning and a successful result.

2. Access to Supporting Resources

Experienced management is often attentive when we come to existing human resources and their availability in all stages of project management. Therefore, responsible management knows that projects must have access to supporting resources. Key project experts can fall ill or leave due to personal reasons replacing the expert takes time and will delay the project.

In order to optimize project efficiency often unbiased “outside “ view from an  independent consultant  is required to verify and confirm that the  present HR structure and work implemented by the team members are  correct.

Project supporting resources should be considered as indispensable asset to advise, guide, consult, verify and assist in any matters a project may have.

In some stage of project implementation project management might realize that additional capacity is needed to deliver the project on the right way to its finalization.  Therefore capacity building is required. Assisting team members in building key skills crucial to the success of the project is an example of capacity building. Goals are more effectively achieved as abilities are enhanced.

  • Capacity building covers all facets of projects and businesses, including:
  • Project management
  • PRINCE2 and other methodologies
  • Fundraising
  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Maximpact provides project support resources and services. Simply contact us at info@maximpact.com to discuss your situation. Whether your project needs capacity building, independent expert, hiring an expert or any other matter – Maximpact will assist and be your project support resource center.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Monitoring and evaluation during project implementation is the responsibility of the project manager. At all times, the project manager should monitor and assess the project’s progress at the end of each phase, stage or milestone. A full evaluation of progress should be made before the next management phase begins. Project monitoring entails oversight and awareness about all team members and project requirements during all phases. The benefits of monitoring and evaluation include improved team efficiency and more successful results.

While this outline can serve as a framework for the implementation of just about any project, it is also beneficial to be somewhat flexible about these phases. For example, if a project stage deviates or requires key changes, these can be immediately folded into the next relevant management phase for implementation. In this way, a combination of both structure and flexibility is the best recipe for success. External monitoring and evaluation is often required by donors or project owners to help ensure that a project is on track. External monitoring and evaluation experts are also indispensable when an independent progress assessment is desired.

If your business or project requires a monitoring and evaluation expert to create a framework or assist you in any way, you can count on Maximpact. We are experienced in finding the best monitoring and evaluation specialists, with experience on similar projects to yours. You won’t lose time on selecting the right candidate; Maximpact will take care of everything and connect you with the ideal screened, vetted and best-suited candidates.

Maximpact has been a go-to support and resource centre for projects of all types around the world for the past five years. Contact info@maximpact.com for expert assistance with any stage of your enterprise.


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What Challenges do NGO’s face and what are the solutions?

 

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MAXIMPACT BLOG March 20, 2017 Maximpact.com

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) refer to highly diverse groups of enterprises engaged in a wide spectrum of non-profit activities. The focus of NGOs can range from humanitarian and rural development to assisting local startups and businesses. There are roughly 3.7 million NGOs worldwide with an estimated 2 million of them in India.

The first NGO dates back to 1945 when the United Nations was created. The UN made it possible for certain non-governmental organizations to be given permission to have observer status at its assemblies and some of its meetings.

So, What is the Goal or Objective of NGOs?

The goal of NGOs can vary widely depending upon the specific focus, objective and mission of the organization. From improving human rights in a geographic area to providing education about environmental issues to supporting the arts, the goal or objective of an NGO can cover just about any topic related to improving a region, country or the state of the world in some way.

What all NGOs share is the desire to further their vision and mission, whatever it might be. Individuals and groups who form NGOs tend to have a passion for their beliefs. They are usually coming from a place of altruism and care for the human race and for the future of our world. To that end, the goal of NGOs is to improve the human experience by lending their efforts to a specific and specialized cause.

What Are the Main Challenges NGOs Face Today?

The main challenges to the missions of most NGOs are as follows:

Lack of Funds

Many NGOs find it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work. Gaining access to appropriate donors is a major component of this challenge. They may have limited resource mobilization skills locally, so instead they wait for international donors to approach them. Current donors may shift priorities and withdraw funding. The NGO might suffer from a general lack of project, organizational and financial sustainability.

Absence of Strategic Planning

Many NGOs suffer from the lack of a cohesive, strategic plan that would facilitate success in their activities and mission. This renders them unable to effectively raise and capitalize on financial support.

Poor Governance and Networking

A lack of effective governance is all too common in NGOs. Many have a deficit of understanding as to why they must have a Board and how to set one up. A founder may be too focused on running the NGO for their own purposes; however, governance is foundational to transparency.

Poor or disorganized networking is another major challenge, as it can cause duplicated efforts, time inefficiencies, conflicting strategies and an inability to learn from experience. The more NGOs communicate with one another, with International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and with the community at large, the more effective all of them can be. However, many NGOs perceive INGOs as hindering or even threatening to their goals and missions.

Many NGOs do not maximize the use of current technologies that could facilitate better communication and networking. More effective use of technology can assist NGOs in staying abreast of important regional, national and global concerns.

Limited Capacity

NGOs often lack the technical and organizational capacity to implement and fulfill their mission, and few are willing or able to invest in training for capacity building. Weak capacity affects fundraising ability, governance, leadership and technical areas.

Development Approaches

Many NGOs favor a “hardware” approach to development through building infrastructure and providing services instead of empowering people and institutions locally. Overall, their development approaches are not as flexible, sustainable and relevant to the community as they could be.

What are the solutions to those challenges?

Grant Funding

In order to receive grant funding, an NGO must do the following:

1. Locate Opportunities. Find an appropriate grant and funder for their focus and mission.

2. Solid Concept Note / First Round Application. NGOs must answer all criteria and provide all of the information the donor/funder requires. Not following the guidelines will result in immediate disqualification.

3. Proposal. Once an NGO passes the first application state, a proposal will be requested. The proposal must be well-written and error-free. Most importantly, it must contain all of the necessary elements to show the donor that the NGO has a strategy and high-quality team members.

Challenges such as poor governance, a lack of strategic planning, and poor networking can all be addressed through:

Capacity Building

Capacity building and training can help to provide crucial new skills. NGOs can then more readily train staff and cultivate the necessary skills within the organization to address challenges going forward.

On-Demand Advice From Experts

The ability to reach out for needed advice and guidance whenever required during a project or to optimize NGO operations is extremely valuable. Access to qualified experts will inspire confidence in donors and contribute to the project’s success. NGOs will naturally become more efficient, streamlined and effective.

Information, Communication and Technology

All NGOs should be using a minimum of Internet, email, a basic website and relevant social medial platforms.

Income Generation

NGOs with assets can use any surplus to help generate income. Renting out buildings, offering training, providing consultancy, creating and selling products and trading on your name are just a few examples.

If your NGO is facing any of the challenges described above, Maximpact can help. We offer training and capacity building to strengthen your organization and assist you in meeting your goals.


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How Maximpact team is tailoring capacity building services
Maximpact assists organizations by identifying and/or implementing the capacity building needs. Some organizations already know what skills and capacity their organizations lacks in and some have not yet identified them.

Once the capacity development need is identified, Maximpact selects the right expert(s) to provide customized capacity building service to the client. Maximpact believes that transferring knowledge is not the only thing you can do. Therefore, it’s main objective is to ensure practical usage of knowledge attained through its capacity building program.
It’s extensive pre-qualified global consulting network, and broad partnership network makes Maximpact perfectly equipped to match the right expertise efficiently, maximizing cost-benefit outcome for all clients. All consultants and experts within the network are assessed against set of professional capacity criteria to ensure their qualifications are in line with specific requests of Maximpact partners.

Europe’s Microcredit Providers Have It EaSI

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 28, 2017 (Maximpact.com News) – The European Investment Fund and Nest Bank earlier this month signed a microfinance agreement aimed at supporting micro-businesses in Poland under the new EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

EaSI is a new source of funding, offered by the European Investment Fund and the European Commission, to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their businesses.

The EaSI guarantee plan provides support to financial intermediaries that offer microloans to entrepreneurs or finance to social enterprises that would not have been able to obtain financing otherwise due to risk considerations.

The goal is to increase access to microfinance for vulnerable groups who want to set up or develop their business and micro-enterprises, through loans of up to €25,000.

EaSI aims to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting the EU’s objective of high level employment, guaranteeing adequate social protection, fighting against social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

The new EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window will reinforce the capacity of selected financial intermediaries in the areas of microfinance and social enterprise finance.

Through equity investments such as seed financing and risk capital, EaSI will support the development of these finance providers in their efforts to do things such as open a new branch, invest in human resources, develop a new IT tool or finance expenses.

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In Poland, with the financial backing of the European Commission, the European Investment Fund is providing a guarantee that will enable Nest Bank to provide over €9 million worth of loans on favorable conditions to about 1,300 microbusinesses in Poland over the next three years.

Earlier this month, France became the first EU Member State to benefit under EaSI from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe.

This guarantee will allow Initiative France to award more than €10 million in interest-free loans to more than 500 French microenterprises over the next three years.

The European Investment Fund is using its EaSI guarantee to support Initiative France in the context of its Initiative Remarquable unsecured loans intended for businesses taking an economically responsible approach and creating jobs.

Announcing the new capacity building project, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen said in December, “Ultimately, these investments will help increase the offer and opportunities for micro-borrowers and social enterprises.”

“It responds to the needs of financial institutions that want to build up their capacity and reinforce the offer on the market,” Thyssen said. “Through this instrument, we confirm our commitment to give a boost to jobs and growth and help the most vulnerable people in the labour market.

At the signature event in Paris in December, EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle said “The Juncker Plan continues to develop in France, with 46 operations signed in France so far, accounting for a total amount of €3.1 billion, which is expected to generate an additional €15.9 billion.

This new agreement with Initiative France marks an important milestone in the EIB Group’s support for small French firms,” said Fayolle. “By extending the scheme to businesses in the weakest regions, to job creators in priority districts and young student entrepreneurs, we will further develop our financing and support aims.”

The 222 platforms of the Initiative France associative network of creative financing and corporate buyers provide unsecured loans to 19,000 entrepreneurs each year.

At least 60 percent are unemployed. They are expected to create and develop over 16,000 businesses, creating more than 40,000 jobs.

The progress of 55,000 entrepreneurs is being followed, and 9,000 of them are being mentored.

Louis Schweitzer, president of Initiative France, explained, “This new support from the European Investment Fund confirms the effectiveness of the unique Initiative France model in general and of the Initiative Remarquable program in particular.  We are also very proud to be the first beneficiaries in Europe of EU support under its EaSI program.

In 2015, €176 million of unsecured loans led to over €1 billion in bank loans. These local associations, well-integrated into their local areas, have 950 staff and 16,180 volunteers, including 4,640 business mentors to support new entrepreneurs.

The combination of the mentoring, the loans, and the banking services has helped these enterprises to achieve a 88 percent survival rate over three years, compared with a national rate of 70 percent, according to the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies.

EIF Chief Executive Pier Luigi Gilibert, said, “I am confident that the EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window will be instrumental in strengthening the operational and institutional capabilities of micro-credit and social finance providers.”

Capacity building is fundamental for finance providers to be able to deliver on their investment objectives in an effective and sustainable manner,” Gilibert emphasized. “I am pleased to see that EIF will support those finance providers in creating an investment friendly environment.”

Gilibert said the EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window reflects the European Commission’s “strong commitment” to launch initiatives aiming at boosting jobs, growth and investment.

Launched in June 2015, EaSI is managed directly by the European Commission. The total budget for 2014-2020 is €919,469,000 in 2013 prices.

Also, for the first time, the European Commission is helping social enterprises through investments of up to €500,000.

The European Commission is reinforcing the social dimension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments for both microfinance and social entrepreneurship. Overall, the total amount of support to these areas is expected to increase from €193 million under the EaSI program to about €1 billion, mobilizing roughly €3 billion in additional investment.

The European Investment Fund is part of the European Investment Bank Group. Its central mission is to support Europe’s micro, small and medium-sized businesses by helping them to access finance.

In this role, EIF designs and develops venture and growth capital, guarantees and microfinance instruments which specifically target this market segment. EIF aims to foster EU objectives in support of innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth, and employment.


Featured image: The European Commission is investing in micro-businesses to create jobs and support new entrepreneurs. (Photo by Peter Linke) Creative Commons license via Flickr

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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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Sustainable Goals and Social Impact: Do You Have What you need to succeed?

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By Maximpact

Sustainable Goals and Social Impact: 

Do You Have What you need to succeed?

At the nexus of change Maximpact.com is a work space for projects, businesses, ideas and endless opportunities.  A global marketplace of qualified consultants, experts and services.

Maximpact.com today announced the launch of their consulting and advisory services to support the development of projects, businesses and funds in the circular, impact and sustainability sectors. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Maximpact offers over 185 services to 20 different sectors including agriculture, assessment, community, environment, forestry, fisheries, water, waste management, renewable energy, women empowerment and more…

Existing customers have welcomed the diversity of the rich suite of services and it’s ease of use saving them both time and money. 

Customers at Maximpact can choose from both packaged or tailored support development and support services to assist their project or business at any stage of development. With access to pre-selected resources, an extensive network, knowledge and skills from around the world customers are well equipped in a rapidly changing world.

With hundreds of pre-qualified experts, project mangers and thousands of NGOs with experience in many thousands of projects worldwide, sourcing hard-to-find consultants, services and partners has never been easier than through Maximpact’s one-stop-shop.

By streamlining and simplifying the process of project and business development Maximpact has helped its clients save up to 65% in time and money, that is a welcome change to any one’s bottom line.

Difficult searches for good resources is now a thing of the past as users benefit from a unique Project Search Map allowing them to find experts quickly based upon project, geography, sector, language and expertize. Maximpact has once again made  complex tasks easy.

After finding the right expert, clients can book a call with the expert of their choice, receive a phone recording of their call and if they wish can proceed to hire the expert for their project online.

Services Offered

The new support and development services provided by Maximpact are designed for all projects, businesses and funds.

Project Services

Project services deliver resources and solutions to support, develop and improve projects at any stage of their development and cycle. Maximpact will tailor consulting and project services to find the right solution for the most complex challenges. Services cover different stages of project cycles such as: 

  • Consultation
  • Project initiation and planning
  • Assessment
  • Implementation
  • Capacity building
  • Visibility, communication and networking

Business Services

Tailored advisory services addresses the challenges businesses face in a rapidly changing marketplace. Maximpact offers a wide range of business services and solutions to suit the unique needs of each client. Assisting to plan, solve problems, mitigate risk, fund and source market opportunities through Maximpact’s global network.

Services cover different stages of business cycles such as: 

  • Consultation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Assessment
  • Strategy
  • Capacity Building
  • Operations and Supply chain

Investment Ready Services include packaged business services to suit the budget of all businesses.

Services cover different stages of business cycles such as:

  • Business plans and financials
  • Business valuations
  • Due diligence

Fund Services

Unique investment fund services have been designed to streamline processes and help improve the funds’ efficiency and competitiveness. By offering expert advice in 20 sectors we are able to deliver tailored services to the needs of each fund.

Services offered to funds such as:

  • Sector specific advice and market study
  • Investment sourcing 
  • Investment filtering 
  • Financial due diligence / auditing 
  • Investment analysis and reports
  • Acceleration of market-ready investments

Leveraging our unique global network and services Maximpact  delivers expertise, improved efficiency, real-time market knowledge and decision-making capabilities.


Tom_Holland_imageTom Holland, Founder and CEO of Maximpact.com comments:

Since Maximpact’s inception years ago we are dedicated and continue to focus on building our vision. Bringing together those working in silos of activity and to group together like-minded communities wishing to create good impact and a more sustainable future for us all. In doing so our community of over 90,000 includes hundreds of qualified experts, consultants and services in over 173 countries. Our expert community is expected to grow to 1,000 by year end.  New project and business activity continues to increase and will grow further as we welcome the thousands of project managers and NGOs who will become active in our network.

Visit us and find our out more about www.Maximpact.com


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What Is Capacity Building … and How Does It Improve Overall Business Performance?

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Capacity building refers to the activities that help an organization accomplish its mission and maintain itself in a fast-changing business environment. The individual activities vary widely and can include  institutional strengthening, the development of mission-focused communications, recruiting new talent, upgrading skills of existing staff, keeping sound financial records, adopting efficient technologies or creating key partnerships.

From private to nonprofit and government departments, capacity building has proven itself to be an important part of business implementation.

  • It starts at the initial phase of a project or business, where the focus is on creation.
  • Later, to improve mid- or long-term success, capacity building focuses on efficiency and effectiveness.

At its best, capacity building allows you to drive your mission forward, meet your goals and have a real impact on the community you serve.

How Maximpact Builds the Capacity of Corporate and Non-Governmental Sector

When your project or business faces challenges that require expert solutions, Maximpact offers a unique combination of capacity building resources.

  • Multiple services across 20 business sectors are available through our easy-to-use platform,
  • Our expert staff will help you understand each capacity need and show you which resources will make the difference in your workplace.

Take an important step toward optimizing your business performance. Contact us today at Maximpactadvisory.com  

Areas of Intervention

Throughout all areas of business – corporate, governmental or nonprofit – experts agree that organizational capacity should be addressed in six fundamental areas, all of which are critical in building and maintaining an efficient structure and strong impact .

1. Mission, vision and strategy

2. Governance and leadership

3. Program delivery and impact

4. Strategic relationships

5. Resource development

6. Internal operations and management 

Maximpact’s sector-specific expertise in each of these areas empowers you to realize maximum efficiency, fostering better business development and project implementation.

Common Types of Capacity Building Activities MAXIMPACT Offers You

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Maximpact is about maximizing potential 

Clarity of mission and objectives, effective leadership, the ability to learn, self-assessment and optimized processes are all part of effective capacity building. At Maximpact, we make it our priority to deliver all the assistance you need to succeed in your project or business.

Use our resources and expertise to reduce downtime while creating a stronger organization that points toward a more sustainable future for us all. Visit www.MaximpactAdvisory.com