emBOLDen Alliances works with partners to build capacity in the areas they identify and seek in order to reach maximum organizational efficacy and efficiency. These have included boosting and integrating:
- Leadership Development
- Applied Project Management
- Strategic Planning
- Institutional Memory
To strengthen these organizational components, EA works directly with organization leaders to create and implement strategic planning, leadership development, operations & logistics, and safety & security.
Partners have reported that support in these areas has helped them to achieve many goals, including:
- remaining accountable to members and communities
- measuring progress
- defining expectations for stakeholders
- documenting challenges and successes.
By enhancing their internal mechanisms, partners report increased professionalism, active participation, and responsibility.
Integrating and Maximizing Programming, Operations, Administration
Organizations at all stages of development have identified areas for improvement in order to execute their work more seamlessly and to maximize resources toward positive community impact. Over the course of these partnerships, EA has assisted partners with:
- Programmatic Frameworks
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Coordination and Communication
- Data Collection and Analyses
- Operational systems, such as inventory management and equipment maintenance plans in order to maximize efficiency, appropriate utilization, and sustainability
To help partners develop and/or improve these vital components, EA’s efforts have included activities such as:
- Providing leadership, communication, and strategic planning guidance
- Implementing multi-year budget tools and projections according to strategic plans
- Creating programmatic frameworks
- Assessing existing initiatives
- Developing and integrating programs across organizations
- Developing a donor presentation for one partner that resulted in the award of a large grant
- Creating and managing implementation of inventory systems, including analyzing current capacity, training staff, and organizing all supplies
- Enhancing existing databases, reporting systems, and evaluation tools for staff, including administration and operations
- Overseeing construction projects including managing personnel, ordering supplies, and quality control
- Coordinating protocols for maintenance, security, and evacuation
Organization Transition to Local Leadership
Organizations transitioning from “Western” or external leadership to local leadership face a specific set of challenges. EA supports such organizations across this inherently complex process. Identified needs to date have included:
- Local Capacity Assessment and Planning
- Transition Strategy
- Programmatic Frameworks (including Monitoring & Evaluation)
With this support, EA has helped partners make this challenging transition, and received feedback that this work saved at least one partner organization from collapse.
Technical Assistance and Strategic Planning
Partner organizations have identified needs from technical assistance to strategic planning, and in some cases, everything in between. Services to date have included developing and improving:
- Organizations’ Strategic Plan
- Program framework (with Monitoring and Evaluation)
- Grant writing framework and reviews of existing grants and budget (including the creation and utilization of a Grant Writing Essentials Checklist)
Through partnerships, EA has improved and aligned Strategic and Program Frameworks, including budgets, toward the creation and/or maintenance of sustainable business models.
Organizations with finely-tuned programs and activities frequently need assistance to increase operational efficiency and maximize their resources as well as efficacy. EA has worked with partners on streamlining:
- Operations & Facilities Management
- Inventory Management (including collaborative guidelines to manage excess inventory, quality control, and new product development)
- Operational Process and Communication flow
Revamping Short-Term Medical Projects
Conventional medical “mission” programs are increasingly adjusting their model to better address community needs and contexts. EA assisted in complex programmatic restructuring to include, and more importantly stem from, community engagement, thus promoting a methodology of listening and prioritizing of communities’ voice. Toward this end, EA has developed:
- Concrete deliverable plans of action
- Strategic Programming methodologies for current programs and future initiatives
- Volunteer management protocols
- Professionalization of services and communications
These improvements have been developed with community integration, partner needs, internal documentation, and volunteer deployment in mind.
Curriculum Building and Teaching
Due to decades of experience teaching in a variety of settings, including U.S. graduate programs and field-site trainings, organizations have approached EA for assistance with educational needs. To fulfill these priorities, EA has provided services ranging from building curriculum to running complete educational programs.
Results from these partnerships show demonstrated success in skills & knowledge before and after training, strong value, excellent instructional quality, decreased knowledge gaps, improved motivation, and highly effective practices.
Skills and Tools for Experiential Learning
EA facilitates experiential learning through sharing field experiences of programs and perspectives with partners. Collaboratively, EA and partner organization put ideas into tangible practice using tools and resources, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned in:
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Appropriate and effective adaptation to local context
- Volunteer Management
- Stakeholder Engagement
Humanitarian Assistance Training
EA partners with organizations and institutions seeking to better engage students and inform humanitarian practitioners. EA has developed courses spanning Certificates in Humanitarian Assistance, Practical Applications (with a focus on community engagement and Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks), and GIS workshops (including resources and training on storymapping as a powerful tool for donors, beneficiaries, and stakeholders). Using academic curriculum-building skills coupled with Humanitarian Assistance field experiences, EA creates, implements, and adapts training for a vast array of topics in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance.
Immediate Response: Direct Medical Support, Life-Saving Supplies
EA launched a three-pillared response within 48 hours following the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal. Immediate on-the-ground efforts focused on community-based rebuilding, addressing medical needs, and providing life-saving supplies. Following successful execution of these activities, EA concluded its immediate response and rapidly transitioned to intermediate and long-term support.
Intermediate Response: Temporary Shelter, Programs to Support Persons Displaced from Their Homes
EA provided technical and logistical support to Person2Person4Nepal, a community network that benefitted those in extremely remote areas who lost homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. Through local knowledge, persistence, and innovation, more than $180,000 in goods were delivered in highly-affected areas. Tarps, tents, sleeping bags, solar chargers, and full duffels were delivered to ensure that the Nepalese living in these areas had their basic needs met while the process of rebuilding began.
EA also supported the purchase and delivery of temporary shelter directly to three villages devastated by the earthquakes in April and May.
Long-Term Response: Rebuilding Stronger with Livelihoods, Health, Education, and First Aid Train-the-Trainer
EA’s long-term response focused around rebuilding and readiness for future natural disasters.
With a partner organization based in the Lower Solukhumbu Region, EA created and implemented a First Aid Train-the-Trainer program for teachers in remote areas. Given these new training materials, First Aid Kits, and basic supplies, teachers are able to address minor injuries and be prepared for potential disasters. Teachers and children have new skills to utilize and also teach basic hygiene and health promotion. The pilot program included over 75 teachers and 9 students representing 16 schools and 4500 enrolled students, and feedback proved the need to expand and extend this training.
For the District of Rasuwa as well as with Internally Displaced Persons in Kathmandu, EA helped another partner organization implement, evaluate, and substantively improve programs for livelihoods, agricultural diversity, and stability amongst earthquake-affected communities.