Capacity Development Training and Support Helps Nigerian NGO Earn New Projects

Capacity Development Training and Support Helps Nigerian NGO Earn New Projects

GHARF officers and others participate in a CUBS-facilitated proposal writing workshop for community-based organizations in Enugu, Nigeria. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Securing funds from donors and partners can be challenging for Nigerian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), given the nation’s large pool of competing organizations. In order to earn funds, NGOs must have strong proposal writing skills, the ability to defend their proposals, and efficient operational capacity.

The Global Health Awareness Research Foundation (GHARF) is a community-based organization operating in Enugu state in southeastern Nigeria. GHARF recently participated in a three-day proposal writing workshop, facilitated by the USAID-funded Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

CUBS also conducted a series of training and systems-strengthening exercises with GHARF and MSH provided follow-up technical assistance to build the organization's capacity and improve its status within Nigeria’s large pool of NGOs.

In April 2012, FHI 360 selected GHARF to help implement the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project.

Juliet Agu, GHARF’s finance officer said, “With MSH assessments, mentoring, training and support through the CUBS project, we were able to develop standard policy documents for our organization, which greatly influenced our bidding success.” Agu said the technical assistance strengthened GHARF’s capacity and helped them earn the project. “We strongly relied on MSH’s expert guidance and capacity development on monitoring and evaluation, financial reporting, and community development knowledge as a guide for writing our proposal and it worked for us.”

In addition to the FHI 360 project, GHARF’s improved capacity also helped the organization to earn a small grant for an orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

GHARF’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Obioma Nwaorgu, feels that in addition to earning new projects, the organization’s improved capacity will also be instrumental in enhancing their project’s operational strategies. Nwaorgu said, “The valuable lessons learned from MSH’s technical support [team] in terms of HIV impact mitigation will strengthen GHARF’s [ability] to implement the new FHI project.”

The Community Based Support for OVC in Nigeria (CUBS) project is a USAID, PEPFAR, funded intervention, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 11 Nigerian States, in partnership with Africare. CUBS works to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian NGOs by training their teams in proposal development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and financial management. As a result, more and more local NGOs are now empowered to earn funding and effectively implement health care services throughout the nation.

Onuorah Vivian is an intern with the Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (CUBS) Project, Enugu State, Nigeria. She received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Ariyo Raphael Dare is communication officer at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Abuja, Nigeria. He is a trained journalist and holds a masters degree in mass communications from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.