Capacity Building


Each of the modules described below would take place over 1-4 days with organisational staff and sometimes Board members. Strategic Planning sessions would also include members of the community the organisation seeks to serve.


  1. Introduction to Governance
  2. The role of the Board
  3. Strategy
  4. Key Responsibilities of the Board
  5. Establishing and maintaining a Board
  6. Making boards effective

Strategic Planning

  1. Identification and analysis of the problems faced by the community served by the organisation – using tools such as Community mapping, Client journey mapping, problem prioritisation and the Problem Tree
  2. Stakeholder analysis – who are the key players that the organisation needs to build and develop relationships with?
  3. Discussion and agreement on objectives – using Objectives Tree
  4. Defining key activities that would lead to achievement of desired objectives
  5. Initial discussion of measurements for success – SMART indicators
  6. Organisational SWOT analysis and BEEM analysis– identifying strategies to develop the organisation
  7. Discussion of identified Vision, Mission and Values
  8. Discussion of Governance structure – possibilities for the future?
  9. Discussion of sustainability strategies for the organisation
  10. Discussion of staffing needs (new positions as well as development needs and structure (organogram) and volunteerism – identifying benefits and identifying volunteer participation can be enhanced in a sustainable cost effective way
  11. Discussions around feasibility and sustainability of defined strategies
  12. Discussions around Negative Impacts and Risks involved with defined strategies and mitigation of these

Development of strategies for Coalitions of Organisations as they seek joint funding

  1. Understanding the problems that the coalition would want to address
  2. Understanding the objectives of a Call for Applications – possible funding opportunities
  3. Development of combined strategies to address identified issues as well as meeting requirements of the Call for Applications or donor interests
  4. Development of Resource Mobilisation plan for identified joint strategies
  5. Oversight and guidance for ongoing relationship between individual organisations and funders of the combined strategies

Resource Mobilisation

  1. Resource Mobilisation vs. Fundraising
  2. Assessing and analysing present and future funding and donors
  3. Establishing and nurturing relationships with donors
  4. Overview of a relevant proposal
  5. Attitudes towards resource mobilisation
  6. Meeting with donors
  7. Strategic partnerships for sustainability
  8. Ethics of fundraising
  9. Developing a Fundraising Strategy

Project Cycle Management

  1. Project Identification – tools to use
  2. Project Design – stakeholder analysis, research and problem analysis, development of objectives and activities (log frame), risk analysis, development of indicators
  3. Project budgeting
  4. Project Monitoring and evaluation

Preparing to write a proposal

  1. Importance of having a strategy
  2. Problem identification and analysis
  3. Defining Project Design and Strategy, Goal, Purpose, Outputs, Activities
  4. Measuring success – indicators
  5. SWOT analysis of organisation
  6. Stakeholder analysis
  7. Participation of the target community in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation
  8. Organisational structure and staffing
  9. Networking and Strategic Partnerships
  10. Advocacy
  11. Gender
  12. Feasibility and sustainability
  13. Assessing risks and negative impacts

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection and Learning

Manna Consulting encourages, conducts and provides training for Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection and Learning (MERL). Research shows that “it is only frequent monitoring of the programme and its context that allows the community to identify things that are not working or that it did not expect to happen or change” (Myers 2011, p.288).
Some of the areas that are covered are:

  1. Development of tools and plans to monitor and review the implementation of the work and assess the impact using the Results Based Approach.
  2. Developing Reflection tools and plans
  3. Developing Learning tools and plans
  4. Developing methods & plans to share lessons learned


Manna Consulting can provide training and guidance on the development of organisational or project budgets that align with the organisational or project objectives.

Mentoring for organisations

These meetings would take place for senior leaders of selected organisations. Meetings would be held on a regular basis following after the training described above.
These meeting would also cover any other issues / topics around organisational development which the participants felt were desired or necessary. The meetings would cover any or all of the below:

  1. Improving the Governance Structure and Board Participation
    (Following Governance meetings)
  2. Refining and Implementing the Strategic Plan
    (Following Strategic Planning meetings)
  3. Developing a Resource Mobilisation strategy
    (Following Resource Mobilisation meetings)
  4. Writing a Project Proposal
    (Following Resource Mobilisation meetings)
  5. Developing Project Management Skills
    (Following Project Cycle Management meetings)
  6. Creating and using Monitoring Tools
    (Following Project Cycle Management meetings)