Capacity Building

Overview

Capacity Building Domain draws its existence from the mission of the organization i.e. “to be a capacity building institution which enables CBO’s, intermediary organizations and corporate to achieve and sustain visible socio-economic development“ and its core belief is that it “believes in the vast latent human potential which it endeavors to develop through its capacity building efforts”.

We engage with CBOs, NGOs, INGOs, Donors & Corporate foundations and assist them in bridging the capacity gaps which constraints them in achieving their goal and objectives. We strive to minimize this gap by providing expertise and hand holding support and equipping partners with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with a wide array of socio-economic development issues across the country and internationally.

What We Do


In this competitive world, if an organization has to sustain, it has to be relevant, effective, efficient and self-reliant. Through this domain assists organizations in realizing these milestones by facilitating following need based Organizational Development Processes in a strategic & professional manner which include participatory organizational & context analysis, facilitating strategic planning, Develop relevant systems i.e. Policies, procedures etc. (Human Resource Development, Gender, Finance, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation) etc.

Delivering change has become the parameter for successful projects in the present context and NGOs are being accounted based on their performances on delivering results. However, non-profit sector lack the desired capacities which are essential to manage & deliver results. The domain provides assistance to the NGOs in streamlining their project management systems (Planning, monitoring and reporting) which focuses on bringing change in the lives of communities.

Efficiency & effectiveness is directly proportionate to skill and getting skilled personnel is a serious challenge in the non-profit sector. Skill building is thus an inherent need in the non-profit sector and thus always dependent on an external agency to even facilitate such skill building exercises internally. Therefore, ASK’s CB domain facilitates “Generic” as well as Thematic ToRs which helps in creating pool of trainers within the organization, strengthening internal facilitation which intern leads for smooth capacity building process and effective implementation of program.

Today development sector is all about delivering mandates in a team or collective which demands soft skills along with other technical relevant to their programme. thus ASK’s CB domain facilitates various skill development and behavioral change capacity building programs which are focused in developing the required skills and bringing behavioral change among the organization staff on their personal effectiveness. Some of the key types of behavioral capacity building interventions facilitated by the domain includes leadership, Supervisory/Managerial skills, Communication and Team building & Interpersonal Relationship.

Helping organizations create conceptual clarity and understanding on the process and approaches of development, importance of participation, including methods of PRA, group formation, Facilitation skills, micro planning, participatory monitoring, among others. Formation and Capacity Building of Community Based Organizations. NGOs are assisted to decide and review models of community based organizations. Training on capacity building of CBOs is aimed at developing their know how and skills to understand and perform their roles effectively.

Panchayat Raj Institutions are a key pillar of Indian democratic system has been progressively developing, however due to capacity gaps at different levels at times aren’t able to perform effectively. ASK CB Domain thus, facilitates various trainings for both NGOs as well as PRI members for making the local self-governments function effectively. Capacity building inputs under this category would include Training on Panchayat Raj Institution (power, functions, roles & responsibilities of leaders & members, gram sabha), good governance, leadership for PRI members, various government flagship schemes & programs

Disasters acts as a big obstacle for the development of a nation and in last couple of decades, the nature, intensity, frequency of natural hazards have taken a sharp rise. The modern approach of Community Managed Disaster risk reduction has been considered a successful means to minimize the effects of disaster. ASK in past one decade had developed expertise on facilitating CMDRR and has supported NGOs in various ways. Some of the key inputs we facilitate under this theme include Training & field facilitation of Disaster Risk Analysis, Disaster Risk Reduction Planning & Contingency planning, Training &field facilitation on facilitating Community based Monitoring mechanism.

One of the most prominent and widely used approach for ensuring development of all is the ‘Rights Based Approach’, however many development actors lack the know-how and skills. Through the domain we assist the NGOs & CBOs in conceptualizing and using the Rights Based Approach and its various processes, methods and tools.

The domain also has the expertise on facilitating capacity building inputs on the following themes such as Gender & Development, HIV/AIDS, Micro Enterprise Development etc.

Institutionalizing Business Development Service within the organization: ASK helps organizations and CBOs in institutionalizing the Business Development Service mechanism within the institution. It focuses on building the knowledge base of the staff and enhancing their capability, developing systems of providing BDS and taking it to a logical end.


Our Approach


We promote result orientation in development interventions. Thus, all of the Capacity Building inputs facilitated by the CB Domain are methodically designed and executed in a result oriented manner thereby creating an environment of bringing positive change.

Process is a critical phenomenon in achievement of results and ASK believes in adopting process oriented approach in all its interventions. This is being practiced while designing and implementing the CB interventions.

The CB domain engages with the partner in analyzing, planning, executing CB interventions and on the other hand, the trainings & workshops are also highly participatory in nature which is based on the principles of adult learning.

From our experience we’ve learnt that for a sustainable change it is important that the learning gets institutionalized and thus our methodology and the process of engagement focuses on the same.

The CB inputs are being designed and executed with emphasis on its utilization by making it more practical, examples used are as per the issue level of participants and their context. The emphasis is on how the inputs can be utilized in their day to day functioning.

This is a very unique means used by ASK’s CB Domain for capacity building wherein the approach is of facilitating on job/hands learning by way of demonstration, practice, input & feedback.


We Facilitate


We facilitate trainings on all the above subjects which specifically focus in bringing knowledge, skill & practice level changes. The trainings are highly participatory, activity oriented and thought provoking.

When the need is to evolve or develop something by end like strategic plans, project plans, monitoring systems, operational plans, policies etc., we facilitate a workshop setting wherein we create an enabling environment for the participants to come up with their thoughts/ideas, discuss & deliberate on issues and reach to conclusions & decisions.

We facilitate exposure/exchange visits which include field exposure trips as well as in house deliberations. This has been a very successful means of facilitating learning.

We facilitate issue based consultations/meetings/discussions wherein our role is to keep the discussion on track, facilitate discussions & reach to conclusions/decisions.

We assist in developing need based & customized IEC & facilitative documents like training manuals, field guides or guidelines on all the above subjects.

This is a very unique means used by ASK’s CB Domain for capacity building wherein the approach is of facilitating on job/hands learning by way of demonstration, practice, input & feedback.

Contact Us

Mr. Prakash Layak,
Senior Manager,
Capacity Building Domain,
91 124 4060353/4 (Extn: 25)
9717411338
prakash@askindia.org

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