The Importance of Management Capacity Building for Sustainability


Recently, KANAVA International published an article for the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) entitled “Management Capacity for the Long Term – The Forgotten Element”. The article discussed the need to focus on not just building the technical capacity of local organizations, but also the management capacity to build the ability of local organizations to become sustainable. In the USAID development context, these local organizations refer to the private sector, civil society and local governments in countries where USAID is implementing projects.

This need for more management capacity building of local organizations has always been important, but the trend to provide more development assistance funds to local organizations and to focus on the sustainability of these organizations increases the need for:

  • Local organizations to continually demonstrate they have the capacity to compliantly manage the funding they are receiving;
  • Donors and prime implementers to mitigate risks and ensure aid effectiveness and good stewardship of their funding; and
  • Providing a roadmap for local organizations to develop and grow, enhancing their sustainability.

At the same time, as local organizations have more opportunities to gain more funding, they are also faced with:

  • Limited or no systems and trained personnel to compliantly manage this funding;
  • Lack of access to knowledgeable resources or training; and
  • Needing to spend scarce resources in continually proving themselves to potential clients.

To address this situation, KANAVA International focuses on providing technical assistance and training in management capacity building as our goal to empower organizational success. One of our management capacity building tools, for which we are partnering with GlobalWatch Technologies and George Mason University, is the Impact Strengthening Development (ISD)TM Certification Program. Not only does ISDTM provide donors, prime implementers, and multi-national companies with a level of confidence when partnering with certified organizations, it also provides the target organization with a roadmap on how to build and strengthen its own organization to become sustainable. More importantly, this roadmap can be used by the target organization across projects, so as funding from one project ends, they have a systematic way to continue building their capacity with various elements either self-funded or funded by different projects.

KANAVA’s focus on capacity building helps target organizations become stronger, leading to increased funding opportunities, and greater potential for sustainability.

Kanava International