Capacity building programs are not just about the capacity of an association today - it is about the association’s ability to deliver its mission effectively now, and in the future. Capacity building is an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of a nonprofit.

That is why, the Women in Business network created the Skills WiB Program, a capacity building program on NGO Management dedicated to the permanent staff of our partner associations. The modules covered in the program are Strategic Planning, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Strategic planning is a powerful and effective activity used by successful NGOs in order to define their priorities and ensure the right mix between resilience and flexibility in an increasingly complex and changing environment.

During this training session, the concept of strategic planning is demystified to discover methods on how to effectively achieve it, and learn how to effectively use the tools necessary to make strategic planning the backbone of your organization’s operations

Project management occupies a central role in the life of any organization, and its importance cannot be overstated: good project management makes sure that projects are aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities, provides clarity and focus for the project team, and ensures that projects are executed in time and within budget.

In this session, the permanent staff of the associations understood the concepts of Project Management, discovered the elements of the Project Cycle, and mastered some of the key project planning tools.

The importance of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) has greatly increased in recent years: not only is it now a common requirement from the donor community: it is also an endeavour that more and more organizations realize its strategic benefits and its role in increasing organizational efficiency.

The aim of this session was to introduce the main concepts behind M&E, explore the relationship between the planning and M&E, and discover the elements of a sound M&E plan.