4 ways iNGOs can help develop local capacity

Volunteers for Save the Children in Ethiopia. The use of local organizations to deliver aid has increasingly been at the top of the development agenda. Photo by: ECHO / Save the Children / CC BY-ND

The use of local organizations to deliver aid has increasingly been at the top of the international development agenda. A recent workshop at Devex International Development Partnerships Forum in Nairobi has given donor organizations and local NGOs a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences of local capacity development and reinforced the need for a paradigm shift in relationships between international and local.

The theme of the workshop was “sustainability,” defined by Janet Mawiyoo, CEO of Kenya Community Development, as ensuring local organizations have the resources and skills to continue operating after the iNGO’s project has ended, rather than simply acting as a vehicle for delivering aid.

Here are four ways iNGOs can help their local partners build their capacity and become sustainable institutions in their own right.

1. Partner with the right people

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    Chris McKeon

    Chris McKeon is a writer and production assistant at Arete Stories, a leading provider of multimedia communications support and training throughout East Africa, including Somalia. He has an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote his thesis on land tenure reform in Kenya.