What is BALADI CAP and what does it stand for?
Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) is a 5-year technical assistance project, funded by USAID/Lebanon and implemented by Management Systems International (MSI). The project runs from September 30, 2013 till September 30, 2018. The project aims at building the institutional capacity of municipal and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) partners under its three components:
- CBC: Capacity Building Component
- CEDG: Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance
- CEI: Civic Engagement Initiative
What is the difference between BALADI, BALADI PLUS & BALADI CAP?
BALADI: Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development and Investment (BALADI) program is a 5-year USAID funded project that started in September 2013. The project funds the implementation of projects submitted by municipalities in close cooperation with their local communities or local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).
BALADI aims to improve the capacity of local municipalities to work inclusively with citizens to effectively accomplish local development objectives.
BALADI PLUS: BALADI Plus (2013-2014) was a USAID technical assistance project that offered assistance to municipalities that have been selected for awards under the BALADI program, focusing on improving the financial, administrative and regulatory systems at local municipalities.
BALADI CAP: BALADI CAP is a 5-year technical assistance project, funded by USAID/Lebanon that works with municipalities and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under three different components that have the following objectives:
- Capacity Building Component (CBC):
- Objectives: Building institutional capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) so that they can become (a) direct aid recipients, (b) primary players in project implementation, (c) capable of complying with USAID rules and regulations and (d) capable of delivering measurable results
- Focus Areas: Financial Management, Organizational Development and Monitoring & Evaluation
- Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG):
- Objectives: Aims at (a) fostering greater civic engagement in the conduct of municipal affairs and (b) building municipal capacity to better respond to citizen needs
- Focus Areas: Organization Development, Financial Management, E-Government, and Disaster Management
- Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI):
- Objectives: (a) Broadening the democratic space for citizen participation in public affairs, (b) creating platforms for informed public debate and the competition of ideas.
- Focus Areas: Environment, Human Rights and Good Governance and Accountability
Do beneficiaries have to pay for BALADI CAP’s capacity building services?
No, BALADI CAP’s technical assistance and capacity building services are provided free of charge to beneficiaries, both municipalities and Civil Society Organizations.
How is BALADI CAP’s Capacity Building Model different than the rest of the trainings that we attended before?
BALADI CAP’s approach to capacity building is based on USAID’s innovative Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) model that offers long-term customized training to USAID-nominated municipalities and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that end with the adoption of institutional reforms to ensure sustainability of change.
BALADI CAP’s model:
- Adopts a participatory process to determining each partner’s institutional needs
- Customizes capacity building exercises to suit each partner’s selected priorities
- Customizes individual training to address specific institutional performance gaps and hence is focused on building the trainees’ capabilities to perform a better job at their respective organizations
- Ensures crossover leverage between institutional strengthening and individual participants’ training
- Offers a combination of technical trainings which focus on building soft skills (management, leadership, communication, etc…) as well as hard skills
- Integrates monitoring and evaluation of progress towards targets set during the action planning phase into the capacity building cycle per Civil Society Organization from the beginning
If we were part of BALADI CAP’s first capacity building cohort and we win another project with BALADI, will we be able to continue receiving capacity building for another 2 years?
BALADI CAP’s Capacity Building model is designed for a period of 2 years whereby participants benefit from our customized workshops and On the Job Trainings (OJTs). Upon the end of the cycle, participants are expected to have all the knowledge they need to perform their job to the fullest. Hence, participants in the different cycles of the program are unique and are not automatically qualified to participate in the program once they win a project with BALADI.
How can BALADI CAP’s technical assistance help beneficiaries get more funding?
Under Capacity Building Component (CBC):
BALADI CAP will help Civil Society Organizations (CSO) introduce institutional reforms that are based on best practices during their capacity building cycle. These changes will render CSOs more eligible to receiving donor funding, as they will be able to meet donor’s pre-award financial and regulatory requirements
Under Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI):
CSOs participating in BALADI CAP under the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) component will be eligible to apply for Advocacy Grants following a process that will be announced and shared with CEI beneficiaries on a rolling basis.
What are the areas of intervention of BALADI CAP?
Under the Capacity Building Component (CBC): BALADI CAP builds the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in three main areas: financial management, organization development and monitoring and evaluation. In addition, BALADI CAP intervenes in areas of external resources, advocacy, and grants management.
Under the Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG) component: BALADI CAP builds the capacity of municipalities and municipal unions in four main areas: organization development, financial management, e-government, and disaster management.
Under the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) component: BALADI CAP builds coalitions and networks between CSOs to address issues of Good Governance and Accountability, Human Rights, and Environment.
Does participating in the capacity building cycle automatically guarantee receiving a grant from BALADI CAP? And what types of grants do you offer?
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) participating in BALADI CAP under the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) component will be eligible to apply for Advocacy Grants following a process that will be announced and shared with CEI beneficiaries on a rolling basis. However, participating CSOs under CBC are not automatically eligible to receiving grants under CEI.
What is the length of the capacity building cycle for the CSOs?
BALADI CAP’s capacity building cycle is extended over a two-year (24 months) period. However, the capacity building cycle for partners joining BALADI CAP late into project implementation timeframe will be shortened, depending on date of joining.
What is the purpose / objective of the capacity building cycle provided by BALADI CAP to its partners?
Under the Capacity Building Component (CBC): BALADI CAP works with medium to large Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across Lebanon which can sustain intensive capacity building models in order to create institutional change. Staff members benefit from structured trainings with close follow-up through On-the-Job Trainings (OJTs) in order to ensure knowledge is being transferred and sustained at the institutional level. Senior Management and Council members also benefit from trainings on senior management and governance issues.
Under the Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG) component: BALADI CAP works with medium to large municipalities across the country under similar context of the CBC. Furthermore, staff members of municipalities can also benefit from standard trainings which will be publically advertised throughout the length of the project.
Under the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) component: BALADI CAP works with large CSOs coming together as issue networks addressing advocacy issues of good governance and accountability, human rights and environment.