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More AMWIK employees set to participate in Financial Sustainability Programme

The Ford Foundation has extended yet another opportunity to AMWIK staff to participate in its Financial Sustainability Programme (FSP),  which is designed to help organizations to significantly enhance their financial sustainability and realize strategic results.

The employees set to benefit are Ms. Helen Obande (Executive Director), Mr. Charles Mugo (Finance and Administration Officer) and Mr. Bernard Ogoi (Programme Officer).  They are among 28 participants from eight organizations set to participate in the eight months long capacity development programme.  The participants are scheduled to take part in the first training 15th – 19th June 2014.

Other organizations in the programme are the Coalition of Violence against Women – Kenya (COVAW), Community Aid International – Kenya, Femnet – Kenya, Kenya Poultry Farmers Association (KEPOFA) – Kenya, Pastoralist Indigenous NGO Forum (PINGOs) – Kenya, Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) –Tanzania and  UHAI – the East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative – Kenya

Pioneering training

In 2013 was privileged to be among 22 grantees of the Ford Foundation selected to participate in the inaugural programme attended by  then Executive Director, Dr. Jane Thuo, Senior Programmes Officer, Ms. Lilian Juma and Finance and Administration Officer, Mr. Charles Mugo.

Other participants in 2013 were drawn from the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE), the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), Haki Jamii – Kenya, Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), Kimbilio Trust, National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), Ujamaa Center, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Kenya Land Alliance (KLA), Kituo Cha Sheria, Media Development in Afica (MEDEVA) and PELUM Uganda. Others who graduated earlier were the African Women and Child Feature Service (AWC), Go-Sheng, Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), Akili Dada, Hatua Trust and Land Development and Governance Institute.

The training

The courses delivered by professional coaches, Ms. Ellen Sprenger and Mr. Dale Needles incorporates in-depth organizational level work and support, individual coaching as well as group training and learning between participants. As a follow up the training, participating organizations are expected to conduct peer learning from which they gain insight on organizational management.

A number of organizations have been able to diversify their sources of funding and realize growth in annual funding, with improved financial analysis, budgeting and monitoring. Other achievements include improved relationships and quality of quality engagement with funders among others.


Employees of AMWIK in June 2013Employees of AMWIK and organizations supported by the Ford foundation pose during Financial Sustainability Programme (FSP) Training held in June 2013

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