History

Our Journey So Far…

Our journey started in 2004

“It is better to prepare for an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” ~Whitney Young

In 2004, Kamau Lizwelicha, a former USAID Financial Controller, had a vision that led to the birth of FRESH. With the support and guidance of his esteemed colleague and mentor, Kathleen LeBlanc, also a former USAID Financial Controller, the foundation for FRESH was laid.

Their extensive experience working with USAID has reinforced their belief that local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are crucial in driving meaningful and sustainable development. However, their in-depth research and interviews over five years have revealed a significant lack of financial and general management expertise among many NGOs, hindering their long-term success. Moreover, the limited training available to address these shortcomings often needs to consider the cultural nuances between the Western world and the rest of the globe. Considering these findings, FRESH Global, LLC has embarked on a mission to develop and deliver culturally sensitive, regionally specific training programs to enhance NGOs’ financial and program-management capacities across the developing world.

FRESH brings extensive expertise and deep understanding of the intricacies of the US Federal Government, local governments, and various donor systems and regulations.

Our consultants comprise predominantly former USAID financial analysts and managers with diverse skills and insights. Moreover, we pride ourselves on our culturally sensitive management style and collaborative team approach.

Our extensive array of services caters to NGOs, Entrepreneurs, and donors alike. From the comprehensive ATM (Assessment, Training and Monitoring), Cloud Technology Services designed to enhance non-governmental organizations’ financial and administrative capacity to STT (Success Through Tradition) that targets entrepreneurs and SMEs committed to collaboration and learning. We help you triumph in the pursuit of your goals.

Background

Many local NGOs need to gain knowledge of the intricate requirements set by donors, while US Organizations often need more training to implement these requirements effectively. The ever-changing levels of donor assistance mean that local NGOs and US Organizations‘ field offices need skilled staff and robust systems to compete for these limited resources. Given the increased scrutiny of consulting and auditing divisions of accounting firms, having internal auditing departments becomes crucial. Unfortunately, most organizations do not possess the internal capacity to monitor their field offices or sub-grantees adequately.

Based on our experience, we have found that poor management systems often hinder the achievement of project objectives. By implementing management systems and providing cultural perspective training, we can enhance transparency and strengthen the field offices of local African NGOs and PVOs. This capacity-building initiative could be the catalyst to drive increased citizen participation and accelerate local development. While robust management systems may not always directly impact program results, their indirect influence is significant. A perfect example is when FRESH (formerly Sankofa & Associates) offered technical assistance to a women’s organization focused on empowering women in conflict prevention, management, and resolution across the African continent. After improving the management system of this organization, it became eligible for USAID funds, equipping it better to prevent or mitigate the impacts of future manufactured crises.

FRESH was established to tackle the mentioned issues head-on. Our extensive expertise has shown that local NGO and PVO field offices can quickly grasp the critical aspects with just two to four weeks of technical assistance. In cases where the local NGO lacks manpower or their staff’s technical competence levels are relatively low, we can offer outsourced services.

We are committed to providing an indispensable service, overseeing every step of the implementation process through internal audits to identify and resolve any issues that may arise promptly.