The ACBAR Twinning Programme commenced in 2015 to address the lack of capacity of National NGO (NNGOs) providing humanitarian aid and lack of representation in the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF). Amidst a multiplication of humanitarian crises worldwide, funds allocated to Afghanistan have decreased, while donors’ aversion to risk and their demands for accountability are increasing. Consequently, humanitarian focused NNGOs are struggling to meet donor requirements for funding. The Twinning Programme aims to address this by pairing NNGOs with Advisors that provide mentoring and guidance to their Afghan counterpart on institutional management, humanitarian practices, and strategy. The Twinning Programme I ended March 31, 2019.
The Twinning Programme 2 started August 1, 2019 and is a 4 year and 8 month capacity building programme funded by DFID with the aim of building the capacity of National NGOs (NNGOs) through training, mentoring and cooperative activities in partnership with ACBAR’s International NGO (INGO) and National NGO (NNGO) members which have been accepted as Advisors to the programme. ACBAR and the Advisors work to improve the NNGO’s humanitarian capabilities through training, meetings, field visits, mentoring and cooperative activities.
TP2 was designed so Advisors and ACBAR could mentor 40 NNGOs in two cohorts of 20 for approximately two years and two months per cohort. The programme’s #1 outcome is to help the NNGOs become part of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund partner base. The #2 outcome is to have successful, funded humanitarian and development programmes/projects through partnerships, in addition to AHF, for NNGOs approved as a result of the Twinning Programme 2.
We paired all the 20 NNGOs with an Advisor depending on:
TP2 has 13 Advisors, 10 INGOs and 3 NNGOs that are ACBAR members and part of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) partner base. The Advisors have 1 or 2 NNGO partners that were selected through a rigorous selection process. Due to the rigorous nature of the AHF Due Diligence (DD) and Capacity Assessment (CA) process and the funding requirements for projects, the Twinning Programme 2 focuses on those NNGOs which have a history of implementing humanitarian projects. Currently the 20 NNGOs in the programme either have experience in humanitarian response already or are in the process of learning how to participate in the humanitarian system.
The TP 2 continued to assist NNGOs in Afghanistan even in this challenging and difficult covid-19 times to build their capacity but through virtual online approach by providing different kinds of trainings and meetings. With the support of ACBAR TP2 Remote Managers and Advisors that are ACBAR members, who provides support in reviewing policies and mentoring NNGOs on topics from conducting quality assessments to best practices for the learning purposes for gaining good experiences
The NNGOs main offices are located in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces and many have sub-offices across Afghanistan that are available to work provincially.
The UNOCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) serves as an integral partner and acts in an advisory role in the Twinning Programme due to their respective expertise which is invaluable and essential to the success of the Twinning Programme.
For the Twinning Programme 2 MOUs with the responsibilities of each party, ACBAR, NNGO and Advisor have been developed. In section 8 of each MOU any specific agreements between the INGO and NNGO are listed. On November 13, 2019 a Twinning Programme Inauguration was held at ACBAR with the Twinning Partners to sign the new MoUs.
Activities identified for the Twinning Programme 2 continue to focus on increasing NNGO’s membership in the AHF, participation in the humanitarian clusters, ability to access future funding, ability to conduct quality assessments, and the sharing of knowledge between NNGOs and INGOs.
The Twinning Programme 2 is funded with UK Aid from the British people
For more information about the Twinning Programme email Programmanager@acbar.org