Internews NetworkUkraine Media Project (U-Media) Evidence-based Local Capacity Development in Ukraine October 2012
Overview • To build sustainable NGO media support institutions – a core component of a U-Media program, implemented by Internews and funded by USAID • Internews uses a research-based method to strengthen sustainability of Ukrainian media sector NGOs • LCD priority areas: (1) readiness for international audit; (2) organizational strategic planning; (3) diversification of funding • In late 2014, at least three U-Media sub-grantees should be ready to receive direct USAID funding
Research-based approach • Internews conducted a baseline organizational capacity assessment of 12 sub-grantees using SATI and OSS methodology in 2009. • After three years of assessment, in 2011, Internews increased the capacity of 11 out of 12 media NGOs. Three NGOs moved from the category of “Young” to “Mature”. • In 2012, two sub-grantees significantly diversified their funds through receiving direct assistance from other big donor – SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency).
Organizational Capacity Assessment: SATI and OSS Methodologies by Components • External systems and standards 1. Financial viability and resource mobilization 2. Service delivery 3. Productive partnerships 4. Strategic outreach and branding 5. Sector leadership • Internal systems and standards 6. Leadership and governance 7. Mission and strategic management 8. Management practices and systems 9. Human resources 10. Financial management systems 11. Adaptive capacity (M&E)
Challenges • Defining LCD: communicating expectations regarding capacity building • Creating buy-in for LCD: local organizations should see the value added of investing resources in the capacity building components (e.g. strategic planning) • Identifying Sensitivity Gaps: training audits were perceived as disruptive for local organizations. Better communication prior to the training audit would create trustful professional relations between auditors and organizations • Documenting & Promoting LCD Success: local organizations need best practices from similar organizations in their countries that benefited from LCD.