NGO Capacity Building

NGO Capacity Building

The Institute has exceptional experience assisting NGOs around the world in building their local capacity and expanding their reach, ultimately improving their ability to aid underserved populations across the globe.

IIE Has Expertise to Help Build NGO Capacity

  • Unparalleled experience in identifying, matching and supporting expert advisers to work with NGOs throughout the developing world.  IIE has long emphasized expanding and strengthening the skills of local experts and trainers to reduce dependency on external experts and further contribute to sustainability.
  • Broad networks that allow for access to professionals who can advise on policy issues, assist and coach in program development, fundraising, communications and evaluation and strengthen the networks of partnering NGOs in fields such as education, energy, youth and development, workforce development, humanitarian assistance, health and environmental sustainability, among others. 
  • Partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco and renown experts to train local NGOs to use digital media to strengthen their organizations and to offer standardized training in Microsoft programs, new media and blogging to their local communities.
  • A proven history of providing training, coaching, and ongoing support for business planning for sustainability for our NGO partners.
  • Robust and personalized NGO support services, including private sector outreach and resource and skill development workshops.
  • Expertise training NGOs to design and implement, sustainable business plans on a cost recovery model.

Illustrative IIE Managed Programs That Include NGO Capacity Building Components:

  • Ford IFP. For the past decade, the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program® (IFP) has sought to increase access and equity in higher education, while building the leadership abilities of a new generation of transformational leaders. Administered by IIE, the program has enabled 4,370 men and women to pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in a broad range of disciplines that reflect social justice and development concerns. More than 80 percent of IFP alumni are now living and working with NGOs and other development organizations in their home countries and regions, 2001-present.
  • IHRIP. With support from the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and other donors, IIE’s International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP) works to build the capacity of human rights organizations through providing staff with resources and training and facilitating staff exchanges, 1983-present.
  • Women in Technology (WIT). Sponsored by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the U.S. Department of State, WIT built the capacity of 60 local NGOs to expand their reach and services and to operate more sustainably. Through WIT, local NGOs trained more than 10,000 women in IT and entrepreneurship across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa, from 2005-2010. The local NGOs continue to offer WIT training operating on a sustainable model without dependence on external funding.
  • E-Mediat: Tools, Technology and Training. Funded by MEPI, this program empowers NGOs and social innovators in the Middle East and North Africa with skills, coaching and strategic planning to use new media to expand their networks and support and increase their impact, 2010-present.
  • The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) . This USAID-sponsored program offers MBA/MA students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain international experience by providing assistance to organizations in developing countries. IIE has provided over 236 Advisers at the request of 46 USAID Missions in support of 175 partner organizations globally, 1992-present.
  • Humphrey Fellowships . Administered by IIE on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings mid-career emerging leaders from developing and emerging economy countries to the U.S. to experience leadership development and training. They return home to apply their skills in the public service sector, 1978-present.
  • Fulbright Program . Administered by IIE on behalf of the U.S. Department of State since 1946, the Fulbright program has enabled more than 70,000 U.S. graduate students, scholars, and professionals to study overseas, and more than 130,000 of their peers from 160 nations to study and engage in capacity building and research projects with local NGOs in areas such as education, media, health, women’s development, youth, the environment and energy, 1946-present.
NGO Capacity Building

IIE works closely with partner NGOs to develop and implement sustainable business plans, to connect them with expert trainers to help leaders obtain skills and design curricula to train participants, and to create new ways to share resources through our global networks, enabling them to become local agents for change.

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