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Work with civil society

Select CSOs

Use the tabs below to see the selection process for each organisational type

IDENTIFY ORGANISATIONS

  • Make a request for proposals
  • Take recommendations through
  • networks, contacts, word of mouth
  • Contact past partners

DUE DILIGENCE

  • Ask organisations to write a concept note
  • Review concept note (quality, alignment with AKF values and priorities) and short-list
  • Complete due diligence template (finances, track record, experiences, long term vision)
  • Review due diligence results for each organisation and select

SUB-GRANTING

  • Agree on sub-grant amount (activities + overheads)
  • Fill in partner agreement template and provide details on sub-grant 
(amount, frequency, reporting requirements, etc.)
  • Source and attach necessary documents to partner agreement
  • IDENTIFY COMMUNITY GROUPS

    • Contact community mobilisers to help map existing community groups in your target geography
    • Liaise with community groups that were formed by the AKDN (e.g. VDOs)
    • Get feedback from local government, community members, local leaders, etc., on strengths, weaknesses and overall reputation of community groups

    IDENTIFY ORGANISATIONS

    • Map existing networks in your target geography
    • Make a request for proposals
    • Take recommendations through networks, contacts, word of mouth
    • Contact past partners
    • Consider opportunities to bring various CSOs together as a network organisation

    DUE DILIGENCE

    • Ask organisations to write a concept note
    • Review concept note (quality, alignment with AKF values and priorities) and short-list
    • Complete due diligence template (finances, track record, experiences, long term vision)
    • Review due diligence results for each organisation and select

    SUB-GRANTING

  • Agree on sub-grant amount (activities + overheads)
  • Fill in partner agreement template and provide details on sub-grant 
(amount, frequency, reporting requirements, etc.)
  • Source and attach necessary documents to partner agreement
  • IDENTIFY COMMUNITY GROUPS

    • Map all professional associations (of the target profession) in the country
    • Build understanding of the external environment where the professional association works
    • Contact other AKDN agencies that may work with the targeted type of professional associations

    Templates

    Analyse Capacity

    TOOL CUSTOMISATION

    • Take blended learning course on OCA
    • Review tool customisation workshop facilitator guide
    • Conduct tool customisation workshop
    • Make adjustments to facilitator guide and results sheet based on customised tool
    WORKSHOP

    For NGOs, Professional Associations, Networks:

    • Meet with organisation management to discuss the purpose and value of OCA
    • Schedule 2 days for the workshop
    • Review customised tool, facilitator guide and prepare materials
    • Day 1 of workshop: facilitate activities, discussion and scoring for each capacity area
    • Enter data in the OCA results sheet and print results packet
    • Day 2- discuss results with participants and create institutional strengthening plan
    • Send scores to info@civilsocietynet.org
    • Repeat every 2 years
    For Community Groups:

    • Meet with organisation management to discuss the purpose and value of OCA
    • Schedule 1 day for the workshop (or two half-days)
    • Review customised tool, facilitator guide and prepare materials
    • 1st half of workshop: facilitate activities, discussion and scoring for each capacity area
    • Enter data in the OCA results sheet and print results packet
    • 2nd half of workshop- discuss results with participants and create institutional strengthening plan
    • Send scores to info@civilsocietynet.org
    • Repeat every 2 years

    Measure Performance

    SELECT TOOL

    • Based on organisational type select the Organisational Performance Index 
most appropriate for the organisation
    • In initial meeting with CSO, introduce the OPI tool and explain the 
difference between OPI and OCA
    REVIEW

    • Ask the organisation to score themselves and provide evidence for each sub domain
    • Schedule a time to re-visit the organisation and review their scoring and evidence
    • Make any changes necessary to scoring based on evidence (or lack thereof)
    • Send final scores to info@civilsocietynet.org
    • Repeat annually

    Strengthen Organisations

    Institutional strengthening plan (ISP)

    • Review progress on ISP (developed on day 2 of OCA) with CSO on a quarterly basis
    • Is the ISP on track? If not, what are the obstacles being faced?

    Offer targeted support

    • Where is additional support required? How can AKF help to support the CSO?

    • Explore opportunities to utilize AKF blended learning courses to build capacity

    • Identify opportunities for peer learning between CSOs

    • Foster mentoring relationships with the CSO