This paper describes IRC’s experience and lessons learned in conducting Capacity Self-Assessment (CSA) workshops with four NGOs in East Indonesia between 2012 and 2013, as part of the SHAW programme. Implementing large-scale water, sanitation and hygiene programmes requires expert technical and management skills to ensure that programme goals and targets are realised. Capacity self-assessments help organisations deepen their understanding of their existing capacities and future capacity needs and enable them to formulate capacity development action plans. These plans guide them in the continuous strengthening of their capacities. Overall, CSAs have proven useful for developing specific and tailor-made capacity development activities instead of standard training for individual staff members. The CSA process has played a pivotal role in creating organisational ownership for change. Lessons from the SHAW programme’s experience in conducting CSAs are outlined in the hope of providing facilitators and organisations with guidance in undertaking similar processes. (Link)
Simavi; IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. 2014. Improving performance of WASH actors: Capacity Self-Assessments of The Programme for Sanitation Hygiene and Water in East Indonesia (SHAW) partner NGOs – Learning Paper. 7 p.