ACBAR Twinning Program: Rethinking partnership between NGOs
Update: 03:40 PM 30-06-2019
ACBAR Twinning Program: Rethinking partnership between NGOs



Stories from Afghanistan


Capacity Building, National NGOs, Partnership


In November 2015, when ANCC began the program, ACBAR and WHH conducted a joint SWOT[1] analysis and capacity assessment to identify needs and an action plan. “The Twinning Program focused on developing our strategic plan, which was an important need identified in the due diligence process. When WHH was preparing their own strategic plan, they called us to participate in its development. That is how we learnt: by collaborating.” The results of the Due Diligence Report also recommended that ANCC work on making their policies more robust and tailored to their organization. With the help of both ACBAR and WHH, policies were reviewed, revised, and adapted to the specific needs of ANCC.

Throughout the Twinning Program, ACBAR offered ANCC trainings to address gaps. These included trainings on emergency assessments and how to write proposals. Both were instrumental in improving ANCCs’ organizational skills. “Applying these good practices in our office not only capacity built our staff but also supported the NGO growth” explains Naseri.

As the program went on, WHH chose to collaborate further with ANCC. “We partnered with ANCC because we could notice a big progress within their organization and staff. Their commitment to improving their service to the neediest is palpable” explains Zarmina Rassouli, Partnership Relation officer for WHH’s “Strengthening Civil Society and Partnership Programme”.

In September 2016, with the help of ACBAR and WHH, ANCC applied once again for the CHF and passed the due diligence process, making them eligible to apply for CHF funds. For Ms. Zarmina Rasouli “It is a success for ANCC that proved their commitment to self-improvement. It is also a success for ACBAR and WHH, as we proved that long term capacity building efforts do pay off. Partnerships have to go beyond the simple “contracting” relationships and when two organizations work and learn from each other, we get results.”

With this in mind, ANCC plans to develop further its partnership with WHH. As they proceed in the second phase of the Twinning Program, they will continue to work closely with WHH and ACBAR, this time, at field level. “Now that we have built our system, it is time to improve our project implementation. We are planning to have several field visits with our INGO partner, so we can learn on the ground.”

The Twinning Program is funded by DFID. Learn more about ACBAR Twinning Program

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[1] Strength, Weakness, Opportunity & Threat matrix

The Twinning Program is funded with UK aid from the British people.