Advocating for Capacity Building

Advocating for capacity building of local NGOs.

FRESH Global has been advocating for capacity building of local NGOs in order to create and sustain a larger impact in local communities. Donors are channeling resources and developing initiatives in local communities.

Furthermore, the Donor community and World Bank have seen a need to strengthen Governments’ systems. Anti-corruption and good governance are now the new “buzz” words. Therefore, FRESH Global has developed several initiatives to assist Donors, Governments, and local NGOs in tackling these impediments of development. We aim to minimize or eliminate impediments through the use of:

AID Effectivenss

AID Effectiveness

In order to truly make a difference, aid programming needs to enhance the systems through which essential resources are distributed. By doing so, we can actively contribute to the long-term growth and sustainability of impoverished and underdeveloped nations.

Over the course of almost forty years, various donor initiatives have emerged and disappeared, driven by good intentions but ultimately yielding only satisfactory results. Numerous respected donor-implementing partners often make bold claims about working towards obsolescence. However, these companies or organizations should have delivered the desired outcomes for donors.

Can you actually work your way out of a job? The answer is a resounding yes if you embrace this concept.

Transitioning out of a job doesn’t imply a lack of work. Instead, it involves keeping your objectives and achievements at the forefront, while equipping yourself with the knowledge and strategies needed to seamlessly pass the baton to the next individual or organization when the time comes to explore new opportunities with different clients.

USAID has introduced an exciting new initiative known as The New Partnership Initiative (NPI). Launched in 2019, this initiative is committed to implementing USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance Strategy principles by forging diverse partnerships and revolutionizing the way the agency collaborates. NPI aims to break down barriers for nontraditional partners, including local actors, small US businesses, faith-based organizations, cooperatives, diaspora groups, minority-serving institutions, and civil society organizations. By doing so, USAID can fully embrace the incredible potential of this diverse partnering community in our joint pursuit of development goals.

Ms. Samantha Power, USAID Administrator, has shown fortitude with NPI, and we applaud her. The established USAID partners need to practice working outside of their jobs.

The Paris Declaration aspires to make aid better. According to the OECD, “the Paris Declaration lays down a practical, action-orientated roadmap to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development.”

As noted in “Turning the Tables, Aid and Accountability under the Paris Framework,” the 2008 publication, “The Paris Declaration is welcome, and is an important step towards establishing a progressive international consensus on aid. However, the Declaration is insufficient to make aid work long-term – donors and recipients must go further.”

There is a critical need for collaboration in creating aid that establishes “progressive international consensus,” as called for in the Paris Framework. Equally important is a commitment to creating systems that ensure fiscal management while empowering aid recipients to manage programs effectively within their communities and in perpetuity.

Recipient governments need to be trained in improving their public accountability while clamping down on corruption, mainly as more funding is channeled through their systems – ultimately meant to reach the recipients on the ground.

To read more about aid effectiveness, please see our publication, aid effectiveness approach in grassroots development.

Good Governance

FRESH, LLC felt that local NGOs needed to incorporate the element of good governance to strengthen their organization. For example, recently, a NGO Board of Directors fired the Executive Director from its organization. However, because the Board and Executive Director had several fundamental differences, the real reason for the dismissal was unclear. The local newspaper, to demonstrate this lack of clarity, portrayed the Board as a group who has parties at meetings and dictates to the Executive Director.

To help alleviate situations like these from happening, FRESH, LLC has taken a survey with various local NGOs in Kenya about the relationship between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Our findings will be established on our site by October 1, 2006. We will use our findings to design a workshop that will addresses the fundamental misunderstandings and the roles and responsibilities of both groups.

In September 2023, FRESH launched the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors (BoDs) with Let’s Go Mental Kenya. We intend to roll out this training with other BoDs courses. Non-governmental organizations or nonprofits need a vibrant board.

FRESH believes in practicing good governance worldwide. When it is questionable, we must say so.