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BALADI CAP – Workshops & Trainings

STRATEGIC AND ACTION PLAN TRAINING WORKSHOP 

October 24-26, 2017

Padova Hotel

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The training focused on developing a vision and mission for CSOs which set the base performance and provide unanimity of purpose to the organization. The participants learnt how to conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and were able to identify their strategic goals through exercises conducted during the training.

To wrap up, each CSO was walked through steps to take for developing an action plan to translate the strategic goals into an implementation road-map. The workshop was attended by 33 participants belonging to 16 CSOs with 16 Females and 17 Males.

BALADI CAP’s technical assistance is part of USAID’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations by improving their financial management and governance structures.

Open Resources: Strategic and Action Plan Training Presentation


 

GOVERNANCE OF LEBANESE CSOS

September 26-27, 2017

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With the training season in full force, the under the USAID-funded “Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP)” program’s Capacity Building Component (CBC) conducted two training workshops on September 26-27, 2017, on “Governance of Lebanese CSOs”

The trainings, which covered issues of “Accountability, Transparency, Decision Making, Role of Chair of Board, Board of directors and Committees and Executive staff,” was held at the Padova Hotel in Sin el-Fil, Beirut.

This is one of a set of five trainings under the organization development module that BALADI CAP is offering to 15 Lebanese civil society organization who are part of Cohorts 3 & 4 under BALADI CAP Capacity Building Component.

Twenty-six participants, including 12 females and 14 males, attended the trainings. The following CSOs were present during the workshops:

Nahnoo; SHEILD; Al Fayhaa Association; Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA); Imam Sadr Foundation; Teach for Lebanon; Al Hadatha; Al Younbouh; Orphan Welfare Society (OWS); Rescue Me; Ahlouna Association; For Lebanese Youth; Al Inaya Association; SMART and Beirut Arab University Alumni.

The capacity building trainings are part of a concentrated effort to strengthen institutional capacities of Lebanese CSOs that are increasingly showing improved decision making and implementation capacity.

BALADI CAP boosts the capacity building of local CSOs with micro-grants which aim to improve their institutional capacities further and enable them to assume a regional and/or national leadership role, following in the footsteps of CSOs like Al-Shouf Cedars Society, Akkarouna, YNCA, T.E.R.R.E. Liban and the Bentael Nature Reserve – all of which have attracted new funding as a result of robust support from BALADI CAP assistance.

Open Resources: Governance Presentation


 

INTRODUCTION TO MONITORING AND EVALUATION WORKSHOP

Oct 4 & Oct 7,  2017

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As part of the capacity building program to develop the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Lebanon, BALADI CAP organized two training events on Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

The training conducted by BALADI CA P Chief of Party Fares El Zein, took place on October 4, 2017 and October 7, 2017 at the Padova Hotel, Sin el Fil. It targeted 38 participants from 18 organizations.

The training aimed at introducing the role that Monitoring and Evaluation plays in improving project management. The trainer detailed the basics of Monitoring and illustrated the differences and similarities between each of the two concepts: Monitoring and Evaluation.

The training was rich and included several exercises on M&E which allowed the participants to initiate discussions on monitoring and on evaluation subjects. These discussions will be used as a training basis in the coming M&E workshop.

Open Resources: Introduction to M&E  and Pre and Post Test


 

MUNICIPAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENT TRAINING WORKSHOPS

22 and 29 May and 5 June 2017

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As part of the USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Development, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, the Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG) team, in coordination with the Center for Active Citizenship (CAC) and …, For Development’s Expert on Municipal Administration and Finance and Training Coordinator, organized three training workshops on Municipal Financial Management, emphasis on Municipal Public Procurement. The first two training workshops gathered municipalities and unions enlisted under CEDG’s Tailored Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) and were held at the Padova Hotel on 22 and 29 May 2017. The third training workshop was intended for municipalities from across Lebanon upon announcement in 3 newspapers and on BALADI CAP’s webpage and social media platform. The workshop was held at the same location on 5 June 2017 as part of BALADI CAP’s Public Training Program (PTP).

A total of 66 participants attended the workshops, among whom 13 were females, from 44 municipalities and 2 unions. Presidents, Vice Presidents, Council Members (from purchasing and tender committees) and municipal financial staff (heads of departments, accountants, and treasurers) partook in the training workshops in order to enhance their knowledge on the various procedures pertaining to public procurement in municipalities and the laws governing them.

The workshops tackled the different types of procurement processes such as subcontracting, consensual agreements, statement or invoice, purchase upon request, consignment and their respective characteristics and regulations as stated in relevant Lebanese laws. Throughout the workshops, the role of municipal council purchasing and tender committees was highlighted as being integral units ensuring transparency, lawfulness, and, concurrently, proper handling of public funds. The trainer also invigorated council members and presidents to abide by the laws regulating the practice of apportionment of expenditures as otherwise is an indicator of misuse of public funds, and thus, puts the council at risk of prosecution. In this respect, “increasing knowledge in the laws governing public procurement in municipalities is a guarantee for the lawful use of public funds. It also constitutes an empowering tool for municipalities as to avoid reliance and dependency on the governorate and district authorities”, Hussein Hallal – Municipal Administrative and Financial Expert.

Upon the completion of the abovementioned workshops, the CEDG team had completed a total of four trainings centered on Municipal Financial Management. These trainings pave the way to the tailored interventions with municipalities based on their current capacities and priorities.

Open Resources: Municipal PublicProcurement Training Presentation and Pre Post-test with answers


MONITORING & EVALUATION TRAINING SESSIONS

19 and 20 May 2017

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Taking giant strides in the relatively new monitoring and evaluation field in the civil society organization’s realm, Baladi Cap conducted a comprehensive 2-day training workshop on M&E components within the framework of CSOs.

With funds from USAID the Baladi Cap project headed by Chief of Party Dr. Fares El Zein carried out the two-day intensive training M&E workshop held on May 19th and 20th 2017. The training covered 8 sections including 1)-Project Cycle Management, 2)-Difference between monitoring and evaluation, 3)- Logical Framework, 4)- Performance monitoring, 5)- Performance indicators, 6)- Monitoring and Evaluation plan and Performance Monitoring Indicator Reference Sheets, 7)- Baselines and targets and 8)- Data collection.

The workshop was attended by 15 participants (11 Females and 4 Males) representing nine CSOs which are members of the second capacity building cycle at Baladi Cap. During the workshop CSOs had the opportunity to review all the M&E concepts on which they were trained during the past year through six consecutive workshops; and to initiate discussions on the contents of their M&E manuals that is proposed by Baladi Cap including their suggestions for modifying this M&E manual. Each of the CSOs will be offered the opportunity to adapt the proposed M&E manual according to its own requirements and needs through tailored on-the-job trainings which will be provided by Baladi Cap as a follow-up to this workshop in order to finalize the M&E manual of each benefiting CSO.

Open Resources: M&E Training Session Cohort II – Pre – Post Test


MUNICIPAL BUDGET PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION TRAINING WORKSHOPS

25 April, 3 and 8 May 2017

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Under the USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Development, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, the Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG) team, in coordination with the Center for Active Citizenship (CAC) and …, For Development’s Expert on Municipal Administration and Finance and Training Coordinator on the design and delivery, organized three training workshops on Municipal Financial Management, emphasis on Municipal Budget Planning and Implementation. The first two training workshops were intended for both batches of municipalities and unions enlisted under CEDG’s Tailored Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) and were held at the Padova Hotel on 25 April and 3 May, 2017. The third training workshop was provided to municipalities from across Lebanon upon announcement in 3 newspapers and on BALADI CAP’s webpage and social media platform. The workshop was held at the same location on May 8 2017 as part of BALADI CAP’s Public Training Program (PTP).

The training workshops were attended by a total of 74 participants, of whom 27 were females, from 44 municipalities and 2 unions. The workshops brought together Presidents, Vice Presidents, Council Members and municipal staff working in financial departments (heads of departments, accountants, treasurers, and fee collectors) seeking to increase their knowledge on the different laws constituting the backbone of the municipal budget planning and implementation process.

Participants were first introduced to the general principles characterizing budgets, the process of estimating revenues and expenses and filling in tables in accordance with formal templates. The principle of segregation of duties in implementation was stressed as a pillar allowing for proper management of public funds at its various steps. A priori and a posteriori administrative and legal controls on revenues and expenses were highlighted as an integral pillar exerted by the central government to ensure transparency and accountability and the process of preparing balance sheets was demonstrated.

The workshops allowed participants to develop and refresh their knowledge on the different steps and respective laws governing the municipal budget planning and implementation mechanism. According to BALADI CAP, proper foreseeing of revenues and expenses provides a solid framework for the functioning of the municipality. In this respect, “the preparation of municipal budgets is an intricate process that calls for adequate time and planning efforts. This would allow the head of the municipality to gather inputs from various committees involved. Such bottom-to-top approach leads to a more realistic assessment of potential revenues and expenses while taking into full account the developmental projects the municipality seeks to achieve” – Pamela Chemali Raffoul, BALADI CAP’s Senior Decentralization and Local Governance Specialist.

In conclusion, BALADI CAP will be providing additional training workshops on Financial Management, emphasis on Public Procurement, and Municipal Work-planning for Local Development, to take place between May and June 2017 as part of CEDG’s TTAP and PTP.

Open Resources: Municipal Budget Planning and Implementation – Municipal Budget Planning and Implementation – Pre Post-Test


TRAINING ON THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF M&E

31 March 2017
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The Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project held a training workshop on the Institutionalization of Monitoring and Evaluation in a project or organiza

tion structure, training of trainers to plan for suitable human and financial monitoring and evaluation resources. The planning process of the workshop followed a participatory approach for the interactive teaching process through open discussions, team work and best practice case studies. In particular, organizational charts and assessing the M&E Function’ location on the organizational chart of an NGO and functional relationships with higher management and the projects’ department were introduced. In addition, the training emphasized on the key tasks, responsibilities and technical skills of an M&E Officer/ Manager and on the best practices in planning for M&E budgets and allocation of staff resources.

The nineteen participants represented 15 civil social organizations who have been working under the CBC Cohort 2 were 16 females and three males.

The following CSOs participating: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development and Conservation (AFDC), Berytech Foundation, Forum for Handicapped in North Lebanon, Lebanese Association for Rural Development (LARD), Lebanese Trans
parency Association – No Corruption, Lebanese Reforestation Association (LRA), Mada Association, Rene Mouawad Foundation, Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire (SIDC), TERRE Liban, Youth Network for Civic Activism (YNCA) and Caritas Lebanon.

Open resources Performance Monitoring & Evaluation – Part VI – Pre and Post Test – Institutionalization of M&E


COLLECTION OF MUNICIPAL FEES TRAINING WORKSHOPS

10 March, 13 March, and 21 April 2017
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Under the USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Development,Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, the Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance (CEDG) team organized three training workshops on Municipal Financial Management, emphasis on the Collection of Municipal Fees. The first two training workshops were intended for both batches of municipalities and unions enlisted under CEDG’s Tailored Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) and were held at the Padova Hotel on 10 and 13 March, 2017. The third training workshop was offered to municipalities from across Lebanon upon announcement in 3 newspapers and on BALADI CAP’s Facebook page, and was held at the same location on April 21 2017, marking the beginning of CEDG’s second round of training workshops to municipalities/unions. The CEDG team had coordinated with the Center for Active Citizenship (CAC) and …, For Development’s Expert on Municipal Administration and Finance along with their Training for the design and delivery of the workshops.

The training workshops were attended by a total of 80 participants, of whom 26 were females, including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Council Members and municipal staff working in financial departments (heads of departments, accountants, treasurers, and fee collectors) representing 41 municipalities and 2 unions.

The training introduced the participants to the various principles of municipal budgeting, the segregation of duties within the financial department, the principles of verification, notifications and collection processes, as well as exemptions and objections to fees and measures entitled to the municipalities in cases of tax evasion.

The workshops allowed participants to develop and refresh their knowledge on the different practices and respective laws governing the fee collection process. It also provided a platform for municipality representatives to voice their opinions on ambiguities and shortcomings in current laws and the practices they entail and communicate the challenges faced by their institutions in pertain to this process. According to BALADI CAP, widening the insight of municipalities on the collection of their fees from constituencies is a significant element allowing for increased municipal revenues and subsequent quality services to the local communities.

As such, BALADI CAP has resumed its training workshops to the 38 municipalities/unions under TTAP and additional ones from across Lebanon as offered under PTP. Upcoming trainings are to address topics including Municipal Budget Planning and Implementation, Public Procurement, and Municipal Strategic Planning spreading across April and June 2017.

Open Resources: Collection Of Municipal Fees – Training Presentation – Collection of Municipal Fees_Pre Post-tests with Answers


MUNICIPAL REVENUES TRAINING WORKSHOPS

February 27, March 3 and 6 2017
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development andDSCN8891
Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project
, the Civic Engagement for
Democratic Governance (CEDG) Team organized three training workshops on Municipal Revenues. The first two workshops intended for CEDG’s Tailored Technical Assistance Program’s (TTAP) first and second batches of municipalities/unions were held at the Padova Hotel, Sin El Fil, Beirut – Lebanon on 27 February and March 3 2017, respectively. The third workshop, covering the same topic, was intended for a variety of municipalities/unions from across Lebanon which had expressed interest in CEDG’s Public Training Program (PTP) announced in several newspapers, and was held at the same venue on 6 March 2017. The CEDG Team coordinated with the Center for Active Citizenship (CAC) and …, For Development’s Municipal Administration and Finance Expert and Training Coordinator to design and deliver the training.

The workshops brought together 75 participants (consisting of 47 males and 28 females) including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Council Members (including heads of municipal financial committees) and municipal employees working in financial departments (heads of departments, accountants, treasurers, and fee collectors) from 41 municipalities and 2 unions. The training tackled the different sources of revenues for municipalities and unions as governed by Lebanese laws, the role of the municipal council and its committees in properly assessing fees, issuing licenses and subsequently watching over the collection process, the sources of revenues of the Independent Municipal Fund and their distribution to municipalities and unions, as well as the fees collected by the central government on behalf of municipalities and unions.

At the end of the training, participants were able to enrich their knowledge on the different sources of municipal revenues according to the respective governing laws, the role of different municipal committees and the interrelation between municipalities and unions on the one hand, and the central government and the Independent Municipal Fund on the other hand. According to BALADI CAP, educating municipalities and unions on the various sources that could boost their wealth is the cornerstone for more powerful municipalities and unions capable of preserving their rights, managing their finances and providing quality services to their constituencies.

In this context, BALADI CAP will proceed in holding 4 training workshops on Collection of Municipal Fees and Municipal Budget Preparation and Implementation for the selected 38 TTAP municipalities/unions by the end of March 2017.

Open Resources: Municipal Revenues Training Presentation – Financial Management Municipal Revenues – Pre & Post Test


Gender Community of Practice Workshop

February 24, 2017

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Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, community of practice titled “Gender Community of Practice Workshop” was held today focusing on the role of gender in the community.

The community of practice aimed to introduce gender integration concepts to BALADI CAP’s Cohort I and Cohort II Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The workshop also aimed to present the findings of BALADI CAP’s Gender Mainstreaming 2016 Survey and initiate discussion with the participating CSOs on recommendations for way forward for gender integration within their organization in the context of BALADI CAP’s capacity building program. The community of practice brought together 12 participants including two males and 10 females from various management and staffing levels of Akakrouna, Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Association for Forests Development and Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Lebanon Reforestation Initiate, Rene Moawad Foundation, Skoun Lebanese Addiction Center, and TERRE Liban. The session was concluded with a list of recommendations, which BALADI CAP will discuss with each CSO in order to set forth follow-up actions aiming at enhancing Gender Equality and Female Empowerment throughout the organization.

Open Resources: BALADICAP_CommunityOfPractice_Gender_24February2017


Best Practices in Governance and Oversight for Civil Society Organizations in Lebanon – Community of Practice Workshop

February 24, 2017
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Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) program, a community of practice titled “Governance and Oversight”, which was held on December 9, 2016 a report was produced containing the process and results of the workshop.

Attached below is an UPDATED copy of the report.

Open Resources: Governance and Oversight Community of Practice Report


MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE TRAINING WORKSHOPS

February 6, 10, & 20 2017
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and
IMG-20170210-WA0007Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project
, the Civic Engagement for
Democratic Governance (CEDG) Team organized three training workshops on Municipal Governance. The first two workshops intended for CEDG’s Tailored Technical Assistance Program’s (TTAP) first and second batches of municipalities/unions were held at the Padova Hotel, Sin El Fil, Beirut – Lebanon on 6 and 10 February 2017, respectively. The third workshop, covering the same topic, was intended for a variety of municipalities/unions from across Lebanon which had expressed interest in CEDG’s Public Training Program (PTP) announced in several newspapers, and was held at the same venue on 20 February 2017. The CEDG Team coordinated with the Center for Active Citizenship (CAC) and …, For Development’s Municipal Administration and Finance Expert and Training Coordinator to design and deliver the training.

The workshops brought together 62 participants (consisting of 56 males and 6 females) including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Council Members and municipal employees from 40 municipalities and 2 unions. The training revolved around the roles and responsibilities of the presidents and members of municipal councils, checks and balances within the council, as well as the legal and operational framework of municipal unions.

At the end of the training, participants were able to enhance their knowledge of the various governance structure and dynamics within municipal councils. They also gained further insight on the importance of committees and the role of municipal unions. Widening the knowledge of municipal council members on concepts of governance is a primordial step in BALADI CAP’s overall capacity building program which focuses on improving internal and participatory governance at the local level. Furthermore, Dr. Fares El Zein, BALADI CAP’s Chief of Party addressed TTAP municipalities and unions stressing that “the dedication and commitment of Municipal Presidents to building their own capacity sets an example to their staff who will, in turn, adhere to the activities planned in the respective action plans”.

In this context, BALADI CAP will proceed in holding 5 training workshops on Municipal Financial Management for the selected 38 TTAP municipalities/unions in addition to other interested PTP municipalities/unions by the end of March 2017.

Open Resources: PowerPoint Presentation – Test Questions & Answers


Municipal Human Resource Management Training Workshop

045January 23 & 27, 2017
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the USAID-funded Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, BALADI CAP’s Civic Engagement for Democratic Governance team organized two “Municipal Human Resource Management” training workshops for a total of 20 municipalities and 2 municipal unions, on Monday, January 23rd and Friday, January 27th, 2017.

The participants included Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Administrative Staff members of the municipalities of Al Jdeideh, Youneen, Al Chiyah, Tannourine, Al Qlayaa, Barja, Chebaa, Chekka, Al Aabbadiyyeh, Qornayel, Al Choueifat, the Union of Hasbani, Burj Hamoud, Aley, Jezzine, Berqayel, Sarafand, Al Mina, Hasbayya, Al Kubayat, Bekfaya, Meshmesh, Hadath, Beit Shabeb, Kfardebyen and Al Gharb el Aala municipal union.

The sessions addressed topics of Managing Human Resources in the Municipalities and Unions including permanent staff, daily workers, contracted employees with their different nuances and legal frameworks. Participants considered this a valuable forum to educate themselves on the system within which they can operate. The level of discussions and questions entertained displayed the need for such knowledge to be transferred as well as the enthusiasm of municipalities to be part of BALADI CAP’s long-term capacity building program.

The two trainings are the first among some 56 trainings and more than 250 on the job trainings designed to enhance technical capacities of Lebanese municipalities in the fields of organization development, financial management, disaster management, Information and communication technology, and communication and community outreach. The trainings are to be complemented by training civil society organizations to work with municipalities to enhance transparency and service delivery at the community level.

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Open Resource: PowerPoint Presentation – Test Questions & Answers


M&E  data collection Training
November 25, 2016
Padova Hotel, Beirut

The Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project conducted its 5th Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training-workshop entitled “M&E Data Collection” for its 2nd cohort of civil society organizations (CSOs) on Friday 25th of November 2016 at the Padova Hotel in Sin El Fil.

The training was attended by 23 participants from 15 different organizations, including: Akkarouna, the Association for Forests Development and Conservation, Berytech Foundation, the Forum of Handicapped in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanese Association for Rural Development, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Mada Association, Rene Moawad Foundation, Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center, Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire, T.E.R.R.E Liban, Youth Network for Civic Activism (YNCA), Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, and ALEF.

The overall objective of this workshop is to improve participants’ knowledge and enhance technical skills in data collection, and analysis. This objective will be achieved through a methodical review of the main data collection instruments and tools, practice with role play and critical assessment of actual data collection samples.

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Open Resources: PowerPoint Presentation


Procurement Training
November 25, 2016
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, a training-workshop was held on November 25, 2016, bringing together twenty-nine representatives from sixteen local civil society organizations (CSOs).

The workshop aimed at introducing participants to the necessary templates, knowledge and understanding, which will allow them to better manage the procurement within their organizations to ensure an open procurement process with complete documentation. The trainer walked the trainees through the techniques that would allow them to achieve integrity, transparency, cost effectiveness and fair competition in their procurements.

Workshop participants included: Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire, Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Association for Forests, Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, MADA, Forum of Handicapped in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanese Association for Rural Development, Terre Liban, Shouf Cedar Society, Akkarouna, Center for Development, Democracy and Governance, Rene Moawad Foundation and the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative.

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Topic Discussion Group Sessions
November 17, 18 & 19, 2016
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) team organized the facilitated topic discussion groups on November 17, 18, and 19. All meetings took place in Beirut, where 19 CSOs came to discuss and evaluate their chosen topics with a topic expert. The topic discussions were divided into four networks: Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Solid Waste Management and Environment Protection and Accountability and Good Governance. Each network met separately for half a day with an expert in the field. Each expert helped CSOs better define their topics, made sure their problems are relevant to the context they will work in and most importantly ensured their topics are advocacy-related and feasible within a period of one year. Field experts also shared success stories and mentioned previous failures and lessons learned. At the end of each session, CSOs had a better understanding of their topics and moved a step closer to writing their proposals.

Following the three-day event, some CSOs modified or reshaped their topics to increase the possibility to submit a successful proposal. The next step is for CSOs to submit a concept note by November 25, 2016.

BALADI CAP pre-grant preparatory phase will culminate in more than 15 advocacy grant applications on women rights, children rights, drug addicts’ rights, environmental preservation, solid waste and good governance and enhanced accountability. Grants will be provided to CSOs that are already members of BALADI CAP assisted networks on Human Rights, Environmental Preservation and Accountability and Good Governance.

It is planned that BALADI CAP “Networking for Strong Advocacy Impact” will result in a new way to pursue advocacy in Lebanon, a methodology deeply rooted in building strong advocacy networks and building the capacities of networks to achieve sustainable advocacy results.

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Problem Solving Group Sessions
November 9-10-11 & 12, 2016
Padova Hotel, Beirut

Under the Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project, the Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI) team organized the facilitated problem solving and community mapping discussions on November 9, 10, 11, and 12. All meetings took place in Beirut (Padova Hotel), where 20 CSOs came with their potential partners to discuss and select their topics to move forward with their grant applications.  Each group met with a facilitator who helped them carefully choose their advocacy topic by taking into consideration the context, the time limit and budget of the grant. Each session discussed the eligibility and evaluation criteria as mentioned in the RFA, and the facilitators used several facilitation techniques to help the groups identify their problems such as Problem and Objective Tree, Stakeholders Analysis and SWOT Analysis.

Following the four-day event, most CSOs modified and reshaped or even changed their topics originally stated in the expressions of interest to make them more advocacy oriented. The facilitators also helped them better understand the importancee of networking under the CEI component. Moreover, the facilitators also advised the CSOs to identify specific geographical areas and target groups.

BALADI CAP pre-grant preparatory phase will culminate in 10-15 advocacy grant applications on women rights, children rights, drug addicts’ rights, environmental preservation, solid waste and good governance and enhanced accountability. The grants, the issue networks that will be managing them and the heavy accompanying capacity building program that BALADI CAP has prepared to grantees is likely to chart a new path in grant preparation and implementation methodologies in Beirut. Some of the grant topics promise innovative ways to solve community problem, ways that have not been contemplated before, and that would result in genuine change, at least at the local community level.

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M&E Designing the Indicator Part IV Training Workshop
October 14, 2016 –
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Beirut

The Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development and Investment – Capacity Building (BALADI CAP) project conducted its 4th Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training-workshop entitled “M&E Framework, Indicators and Performance Indicators Reference Sheets” for its 2nd cohort of civil society organizations (CSOs). The training was attended by 22 participants from 13 different organizations, including: the Association for Forests Development and Conservation, Berytech Foundation, the Forum of Handicapped in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanese Association for Rural Development, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Rene Moawad Foundation, Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center, Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire, T.E.R.R.E Liban, Youth Network for Civic Activism (YNCA), Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, and ALEF.

The primary objective of this workshop was to enhance and consolidate the learnings of the previous M&E training workshops, along with strengthening the practical applications of key M&E concepts and tools, specifically the Logical Framework / Results Framework, M&E Plan / Framework and Performance Indicator Reference Sheets. The training started with a summary review of key M&E concepts and tools such as the Logical Framework (Logframe) Approach, which is an open set of tools – for project design and management. Its purpose is to provide a clear and rational framework for planning envisioned activities and determine how to measure a project’s success, while taking external factors into account. That was followed by group work and open discussions on practical applications which included development of a logical framework by using a sample project description.

This workshop is instrumental in setting the ground for a series of On the Job Trainings (OJTs) to follow, which will further solidify the trainees’ understanding of the workshop’s material. Performance Based Management is an approach that BALADI CAP is trying to solidify within the institutions of its partner CSOs and municipalities, so that Lebanese civil society organizations become more results oriented in their project planning and implementation. The training is part of BALADI CAP institution building program that would allow a significant number of Lebanese CSOs to become direct beneficiaries of USG funding, through strengthening their internal governance and financial management systems.

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Project Cycle Management Training Workshop

September 16/17, 2016 – Cosmopolitan Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a Project Cycle Management training-workshop over 2 consecutive days, bringing together representatives of local civil society organizations responsible for drafting and managing projects at their respective organizations and who aimed at enhancing their project management skills. The workshop explained the different stages of a project and presented a clear idea of the tools used during each stage, such as stakeholder analysis and risk analysis, among others. It also focused on the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), which serves as a measurement tool to enhance and improve project implementation, in addition to demonstrating results as part of transparency and accountability to key stakeholders. Workshop participants included: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Forum of Handicapped in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanese Association for Rural Development, Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, MADA Association, Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center, Soins Infirmiers et Developpment Communautaire, and Youth Network for Civic Activism. BALADI CAP’s technical assistance is part of USAID’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations. As a result of this training, attendees now have a better understanding of what a complete project entails and are better equipped at implementation, resulting in a better and far greater impact on ground within the communities they serve.

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Critical Management Skills Training Workshop

September 2, 2016 – Cosmopolitan Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a Critical Management Skills training-workshop bringing together sixteen representatives from eight local organizations. The workshop aimed at strengthening the leadership and management abilities of participants to allow them to better lead their organizations and manage their day-to-day businesses. In addition , the training also allowed the participants to gain the knowledge on how to build effective teams and develop a thorough and educated understanding of team behavior. Moreover, the training aimed at building their decision making skills as well. Workshop participants included: Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire – SIDC, Skoun, Youth Network for Civic Activism – YNCA, Association for Forests, Development & Conservation – AFDC, Berytech Foundation, Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, MADA. BALADI CAP’s technical assistance is part of USAID’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations by improving their financial management and governance structures. As a result of the training, organizations become capable of effectively contributing to the development of the society and focus on creating impact through more efficient operations.

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Open Resources: PowerPoint Presentation – Leadership Skills – Leadership Development


Payroll Preparation Training Workshop

August 26, 2016 – Cosmopolitan Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a workshop on August 26, 2016 bringing together twenty-six representatives from fifteen local organizations. The workshop, entitled “Payroll Preparation Training Workshop”, focused on income tax and social security funds, rules and regulations under the Lebanese labor law. Workshop participants were: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Berytech, Rene Moawad Foundation, Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Lebanese Association for Rural Development, Nahnoo, Mosan Center for Special Needs and T.E.R.R.E Liban. BALADI CAP’s technical assistance is part of USAID’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations by improving their financial management and governance structures. As a result of the training, attendees gained the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to manage and calculate payrolls within their organizations and maintain accurate and up-to-date records. Moreover, they are now well-equipped and prepared to work with BALADI CAP to customize a payroll preparation policy for their respective organizations as well.

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Open Resources: The Social Security GuideTax on Wages 1Tax on Wages 2


 

M&E Performance Indicators – Part II
July 25, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training workshop, entitled “M&E Performance Indicators – Part II”. The training was facilitated by BALADI CAP’s Senior M&E Specialist, Abeer El Gazzawi, and assisted by Junior M&E Specialist, Rafic Traboulsi. Twenty-five  participants from 13 different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the training, including: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Forum for Handicapped in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Caritas BALADI, and the Lebanese Association for Rural Development. The training workshop aimed to build the participants’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the role Performance Indicators play in managing projects towards results at different stages of implementation (activity, results and goals levels). The training included skill-building exercises that aimed at familiarizing participants with the criteria governing the formulation and selection of a good indicator – as not all indicators are created equally. Furthermore, the training introduced participants to a number of tools used in M&E for controlling the quality of indicators; these included “M&E Framework” and “Performance Indicators Reference Sheets (PIRSs)”. So while M&E Framework serves as a tracking table for all indicators used by a project, PIRSs are developed per indicator and help serve as a one-stop reference to each indicator. The two tools combined can help organizations improve on the quality of reported data under each indicator, while accurately gauging and documenting a project’s progress towards its final development goal(s).

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Open Resources: PowerPoint Presentation – Checklist & Tips – SMART Indicators – PIRS Sample


 

Asset & Inventory Management Training
July 15, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a financial management training, entitled “Asset & Inventory Management”. The training was led by BALADI CAP’s Deputy Chief of Party & Senior Finance Specialist, Alice Azar. Twenty-one  participants from 12 different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the training, including: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Berytech, Rene Moawad Foundation, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, Youth Network for Civic Activism, and the Lebanese Association for Rural Development. A new training approach was applied which was the Problem Based Learning (PBL) through a case study. The case study consisted of carefully designed problems that challenge the trainees to use problem solving techniques, team participation skills and disciplinary knowledge. The new training method enhanced trainees’ learning through immediate application and solution. The training introduced the participants to the necessary tools and measures to ensure  proper asset/inventory management within their organizations. By the end of the day, attendees gained the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding in order to manage properties within their organizations and maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of properties. Moreover, representative are now well-equipped and prepared to work with BALADI CAP to customize an asset/inventory management policy for their organizations.

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Open resources related to the training: PowerPoint Presentation


 

Organizational Development Training Workshop – Part 2
June 18, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted its second Organizational Development Training Workshop titled “Organization Structure” and facilitated by BALADI CAP’s Senior Organizational Development Specialist, Rania Skaine. The workshop was attended by 19 participants representing 10 different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), which were: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, Forum for Handicap in North Lebanon, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, and Youth Network for Civic Activism. Institutional excellence relies on clearly outlined strategic objectives, transparent organization structure and solid operations. In the journey to achieve institutional excellence, this workshop builds the skills of CSOs in a way that would allow them to design an organization structure of their own which would support their operations. Also, participants learned new tools such as the RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) Matrix and are, as of now, ready to start applying it in project management. “We have a lot of hope on these workshops; they help us out tremendously, both on a personal and institutional level” said Tarek Talih, Board Member at the Association for Forests Development & Conservation.

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Open resources related to the training: Organization Structure_Arabic – Organization Structure_EnglishOD Exercise_English & Arabic – RACI Charting


 

Monitoring & Evaluation: Basics & Principles
May 21, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted its first Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training workshop, entitled “Monitoring & Evaluation: Basics & Principles”. The training was facilitated by BALADI CAP’s Senior M&E Specialist, Abeer El Gazzawi, and assisted by Junior M&E Specialist, Rafic Traboulsi. Twenty participants from 14 different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the training, that included: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech Foundation, IM Capital, Forum for Handicap in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Caritas BALADI, and the Lebanese Association for Rural Development. The training workshop, which served as an introductory level course for beginners in monitoring and evaluation, was intended to familiarize participants with the role that M&E assumes in managing projects towards results, across the different stages of the project cycle. Furthermore, the workshop also introduced participants to the main concepts and principles governing performance monitoring and evaluation, highlighting in the process the different stages, roles & responsibilities, frequencies and objectives fundamental to conducting monitoring and evaluating projects. The training workshop will pave the way for more advanced trainings in the future that will allow participants to acquire the necessary skills required for implementing M&E at the project level.

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Open resources related to the training: Introduction to M&E VideoIntroduction to M&E Presentation


 

Practical Financial Management for CSOs – Part 2
May 13, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted part II of the Practical Financial Management Training at the Padova Hotel, Beirut. The training, which was led by Senior Finance Specialist, Alice Azar, was attended by 22 participants from 13 different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and they were: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech, Forum for Handicap in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Rene Moawad Foundation, and the Lebanese Association for Rural Development. The training centered on the subject of internal control with two modules focusing on Introduction to Internal Control: Internal Control Framework, Objectives and Types, and Internal Controls Procedures and Tools. At the end of the training, trainees were able to learn what internal control means; its importance, objectives, types and framework. They also understood the importance and the fundamentals of different tools used to ensure better internal control within an organization, specifically the segregation of duties and the delegation of authority. In addition to, understanding the golden rules that ensure proper internal control on payroll, cash and advances. This enabled them to acquire the necessary skills of preparing bank and cash reconciliations.

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Open resources related to the training: Improving Internal Controls OverviewInternal Control


Strategic & Action Plan Training
May 7, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a Strategic & Action Plan Training at the Padova Hotel, Beirut. The training, which was conducted by BALADI CAP’s Senior Organizational Development Specialist, Rania Skaine, was attended by 25 participants from 11 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The CSOs were: Skoun Lebanese Addictions Center, Association for Forests, Development and Conservation, Youth Network for Civic Activism, Mada Association, Akkarouna NGO, Forum of Handicapped in North Lebanon, Lebanese Transparency Association – No Corruption, Soins Infirmiers et Developpement Communautaire, Jeunesse Contre La Drogue, Lebanese Reforestation Initiative, and Berytech. The training focused on building the capacity of the participants in formulating a vision and a mission, drawing strategic objectives by conducting SWOT analysis, as well as action planning. The training also capitalized on the expertise of the participants, which allowed them to exchange knowledge while acquiring strategic planning skills. The participants expressed their positive feedback upon the completion of the training in that it allowed them to reflect upon the areas that could use some improvement in their strategic planning processes. This step is pivotal in the capacity building process of these organizations, as it constitutes a cornerstone for their operations.

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Open resources related to the training: NGO Handbook – NGO Self-Assessment Through SWOTExercises


 

Practical Financial Management for CSOs – Part 1
April 23, 2016 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP conducted a Practical Financial Management for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Training led by Senior Finance Specialist, Alice Azar. The training was attended by 23 representatives from 12 different CSOs, which were: Akkarouna, Association for Forests Development & Conservation, Berytech, Forum for Handicap in North Lebanon, Jeunesse Contre la Drogue, Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, Skoun, Soins Infirmiers et Development Communautaire, Mada Association, Lebanese Transparency Association-No Corruption, Lebanese Association for Rural Development and the Youth Network for Civic Activism, and covered the topics of Financial Management, Accounting Records, Budget and Financial Statements. At the end of this one day intensive training, participants were able to get acquainted with the financial management process and framework, prepare and monitor simple budgets, prepare simple cashbooks and analyze financial statements and budget monitoring reports to assess performance; all crucial to their financial workflow.

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Open resources related to the training: NGO Financial Capacity – Budgeting


Critical Management SkillsCritical Management Skills
November 28, 2015 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP COP conducted a public training on “Critical Management Skills” at Padova Hotel on November 28, 2015. Thirteen attendees from nine CSO partners attended the training. The training walked trainees through soft yet critical skills needed to manage effective teams including leadership, communication and coordination, managing effective teams and time management. The training is the last of a series of 34 trainings provided to Cohort 1 of BALADI CAP CSO beneficiaries who will be graduating in January 2016, having finished their 24-month capacity building cycle. Cohort 1 CSOs have undergone 34 public and specialized trainings and more than 230 on the job trainings (OJTs). The public trainings, specialized trainings, on-the-job trainings, coaching and mentoring have contributed to significant improvement in institutional capacities of Lebanese CSOs, best exemplified through the achievement of full compliance to USAID rules and regulations by two beneficiary CSOs (Terre Liban and Mosan), and partial compliance by another two CSOs (Shouf Cedars Association and CDDG). It is expected that out of twelve Cohort 1 CSOs, six achieve full compliance with USAID rules and regulations. Twelve out of thirteen BALADI CAP Cohort 1 CSO beneficiaries have achieved or exceeded their targets as set in their action plans.
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Human Resources Management in Lebanese CSOsHR training
August 22, 2015 –
Padova Hotel, Beirut

A public standardized training on Human Resources Management in Lebanese CSOs was conducted at Padova Hotel Sin- El Fil on August 22, 2015. The training walked participants through different HR processes, specifically job analysis, job description, recruitment, selection (tests, interviews), promotion, career development and volunteer management. The training comes to complement the HR and Volunteer Management Policies and Procedures disseminated by BALADI CAP and customized and approved by BALADI CAP CSO partners.
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Institutionalizing M&E in Lebanese CSOsInstitutionalization of M&EAugust 8 2015 – Padova Hotel, Beirut

BALADI CAP M&E Specialist conducted an M&E Training on “Institutionalizing M&E in Lebanese CSOs”. The training, conducted on August 8, and attended by 8 trainees from Aplha+ and Alpha CSOs, is intended to conclude the series of M&E trainings for Cohort 1 CSOs. The training wrapped up on all three previous M&E trainings and went through the process of creating M&E management systems within Alpha+ and Alpha CSOs. With the 4 trainings that BALADI CAP has provided, and with the dozens of OJTs that BALADI CAP M&E specialist has conducted, Alpha+ and Alpha CSOs now have a clear understanding of the full spectrum of M&E work within Lebanese CSOs. They also have clear result frameworks and logical frameworks to their activities tied to their strategic plans and action plans.
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Community Need Assessment
May 22-23 2015 –
Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP conducted a specialized training on “Community Need Assessment” at Padova Hotel, Sin El-Fil on May 22 and 23, 2015. Attended by 13 participants, the training walked participants through need assessment exercises and methodologies ranging from surveys to focus groups to questionnaire design and rapid need assessment. Participants had the chance to role play some of these exercises. As a result of the training, participants know better about contracting specialized personnel to carry on need assessment exercises and how to produce TORs for such exercises.
This workshop was conducted by an STTA Expert, the content of the presentation is copyrighted.
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Advanced Project Management Training
February 13 – May 12  2015 – Caritas, Sin El Fil

In collaboration with Caritas and RMF, BALADI CAP has launched a series of six-session 35-hour training courses on Advanced Project Management.
The session went into the details of Project Procurement and Contracting mechanisms, and participants reflected on their USAID experiences and tried to map it along best PMP practices.
This workshop was conducted by an STTA Expert, the content of the presentation is copyrighted.
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Organization Structure TrainingOrg StructureApril 25  2015 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

A standardized Training Workshop on “Organization Structure, Authority Matrix and Communications within Organizations” at Padova Hotel on April 27, 2015. Attended by eleven trainees from seven CSOs, the training discussed components of organizational excellence, relationship between strategy and organization structure, types and variations of organization structures, RACI Authority Matrix and forms of communication within organizations.
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Planning M&E Process Training
March 27 & 28 2015 – 
Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

A third M&E general training was conducted at PADOVA Hotel, on March 27-28, 2015. With more than 13 attendees, the trainer walked through the components of M&E Plan discussing Results Framework, Logical Framework, M&E Framework, Indicators, Verification, and Performance Implementation Reference Sheets. The two-day training included, beside the regular training, intense group work exercises that engaged all teams in the practical exercises of M&E plan.
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Communications and Social Media
March 6 & 7 2015 –
 
Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.B-Cap Mass & Social Media Training

A “Communications and Social Media” Training was conducted at PADOVA Hotel, Sin EL-Fil to BALADI CAP CSO partners on March 6-7, 2015. Twenty-eight trainees from ten partner CSOs attended the training. The two-day participatory training covered topics related to best practices in social media, social media strategy in organizations, issues of security and privacy, strategic use of facebook, blogs and tweeter, using video, YouTube, Hashtag and Instagram, using photography to sending out messages, media relations and communicating with media reps, interviews and monitoring media coverage. The training aimed at bolstering the capacity of BALADI CAP partners in using social media to improve their ACCESS to and IMPACT on local communities. The training comes as part of USAID’s efforts to strengthen institutional capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations to enable them to address issues of socio-economic development within their respective regions.
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Action Planning Training
February 21 2015 – 
Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

B-Cap Action Planning PhotoBALADI CAP’s organization development specialist, Rania Skaine, conducted a standardized training on “Action Planning for CSOs” at PADOVA Hotel in Sin El-Fil on February 21, 2015. The training was directed to BALADI CAP CSO partners who are engaged in Strategic Planning and Action Planning exercises for 2015-2016 through BALADI CAP assistance. The trainer recapped on Strategic Planning training that took place earlier in 2014 and elaborated on Action Planning as a continuation of Strategic Planning exercises. The concepts/topics of designing “General Goals”, “Specific Objectives”, “Results”, “Activities”, and “Inputs” were discussed along with Activity design, Time Lines for implementation, Budgetary Resources, and Human Resource planning. Trainees worked on designing their own action plans for their respective organizations. The training comes as part of USAID efforts to strengthen institutional capacities of Lebanese CSOs so they better plan for and implement local development programs within their local communities.
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Asset/Inventory Management Training
January 31 2015 –
 Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

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An Asset/Inventory training was conducted at Padova Hotel on January 31, 2015. Twenty four participants from eight CSOs attended the training. Training topics included Receipt and Issuance of Property, Asset Record, Disposal of Property, Maintenance Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Depreciation and Asset/Inventory Software. This training comes as part of BALADI CAP Financial Management trainings aiming at strengthening institutional capacity of BALADI CAP beneficiary CSOs. Strengthening financial management capabilities of CSOs contributes to improved institutional CSO capacity to plan for and implement socio-economic development schemes across Lebanese territories.
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Payroll Preparation
December 20
2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP conducted its forth public training on Finance, unpayroll training picder the title of “Payroll Preparation”. The training took place on December 20, and was attended by six CSOs. The trainees received detailed training on Registration at the Ministry of Finance, Taxable Amounts, Amounts Exempted from Tax, Income Tax Calculation, Annual Statement on Wages and Salaries, Employees Annual Statement of Earnings, Registration at the NSSF, Subscriptions Owed to the Benefit of NSSF, Taxable Earnings, Social Security Benefits, Periodic Statements to NSSF, Accounting Entries for NSSF and Provision of End of Service Indemnity.
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Proposal Writing Workshop
November 14-15 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BCAP Proposal Writing Workshop picBALADI CAP conducted a 2-day training on project proposal writing on November 14-15, 2014. The purpose of the standardized public training is to enhance general proposal writing skills of participants, to enable them to attract more funding, and hence provide for their long-term financial sustainability. 8 out of 12 Baladi CAP CSO beneficiaries attended the training, part of USAID institutional capacity building program to Lebanese civil society organizations. Given the difficult socio-political times Lebanon is going through, it is crucial to have a strong and organized civil society, capable of adequately tackling the issues at hand and ultimately improving their communities.
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Logical Framework Approach – M&E Part II
September 6 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BCAP M&E part II picBALADI CAP team conducted a public training on Logical Framework and Performance Indicators Reference Sheet PIRS to M&E specialists at B-CAP CSO partners.
The training aimed at providing participants with the skill of reading and well understanding of the logical framework. Training on how to construct a logical framework would come through OJTs. The training also focused on how to prepare a PIRS, and participants got the chance to experience the process. Future M&E OJTs would train organizations (hands on) on how to produce their own PIRSs as related to their Strategic Plans and Actions Plans.
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NICRA Training
B-CAP Nicra picSeptember 3 2014 
Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP conducted its NICRA training on September 3, 2014 at Padova Hotel in Sin El Fil. BALADI CAP Senior Project Manager at MSI DC Office, Mr. Matthew Witting provided the training. The training was attended by thirteen attendees from 7 B-CAP partner CSOs, including two BALADI Implementing partners CARITAS and RMF. B-CAP AOR and RMF AOR also attended the training. The training focused more on the bases for calculating indirect costs and cost allocation bases.
NICRA training will not be posted because of USAID proprietary information.
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Acquisition and Assistance ADS
B-Cap ADS picSeptember 1-2 2014 
– Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP convened its Acquisition and Assistance ADS training on September 1 and 2, 2014 at PADOVA Hotel. BALADI CAP Senior Project Manager at MSI DC Office, Mr. Matthew Witting provided the training. The training was attended by Eleven trainees for Six B-CAP CSO partners. The training focused on the differences between Acquisition and Assistance as per UASID ADSs especially ADS 303. Participants discussed allowable, allowable and reasonable costing.
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Quickbooks Training
Quickbooks picAugust 23 2014 
– BALADI CAP Office, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP convened its third public Financial Management training workshop for Cohort 1 pn Quickbooks Accounting Software on August 23, 2014. The training introduced the participants to the key functions and basic features that QuickBooks has, allowing trainees to learn more about data entry and financial reports generation. Post-training, CSO partners using the accounting software package will be able to consolidate their finances and generate accurate and up-to-date financial statements.
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Project Cycle Management
August 8-9 2014 
– Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP convened its Project Cycle Management PCM training on August 8 and 9, 2014 at PADOVA Hotel. Twenty-two participants from eleven CSOs attended the training. Discussions revolved around needs assessment, stakeholder identification, problem identification, goal design, project design, logical framework and M&E indicators.
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BALADI CAP Annual Retreat
B-Cap Annual Retreat picAugust 30 2014 
– Hotel Le Crillon, Broumana.

BALADI CAP conducted its first annual planning retreat with CSO partners of Cohort 1, at Le Crillon Hotel in Broumana,
Fifteen persons from ten CSO partners attended the event, in addition to B-CAP team, B-CAP AOR Ahmad Al-Ameen and BALADI-CARITAS AOR Elias Haddad. Attendees discussed Y1 BALADI CAP experience and highlighted its strong and week points. Learned lessons and way forward to Y2 were discussed in second morning session. In the afternoon sessions, discussions revolved around sustainability of BALADI CAP activities and potential for scaling up. Attendees discussed the institutional set up that could allow BALADI CAP a smooth exit and would later pave the way for future scaling up program.
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Practical Financial Management for CSOs – Part II
wkshop-28jun2014bJuly 12 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP held its second Financial Management workshop on July 12, 2014. 19 participants attended the workshop from Caritas, Terre Liban, Kousba al Ghad, Tatweer, CDDG, Shouf Cedar Reserve, Ehmej Association for Development, Bentael Nature Reserve, Kawkaba Social & Cultural Club and Mosan Day Care Center.
The training covered Financial Internal Controls, Delegation of Authority, Segregation of Duties, Cash Controls, Payroll Controls and Advances Control.
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Introduction to Monitoring & Evaluation – Part I
wkshop-28jun2014aJune 28 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

BALADI CAP held its first M & E workshop, under the title “Introduction to Monitoring & Evaluation: Basics and Principles – A Beginner’s Guide”, on June 28. Twenty-six participants representing 13 Civil Society Organisations attended the workshop.
The training completion rate stood at 92.31%, with females accounting for 58.33% of the participants that completed the training successfully.
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Fundraising for CSOs
wkshop-21jun2014June 21 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

The training on fundraising that took place on June 21, 2014 covered topics pertaining to institutional requirements for effective fundraising, fundraising techniques and modules in Lebanese NGOs, fundraising as a strategic objective and relations with donors. The training is to be followed by a Community of Practice on Fundraising that would host speakers from reputable Lebanese NGOs to explain their own experiences and provide tools and recommendations for participants.
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Introduction to Strategic Planning
30may2014May 30-31 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil.

During the 2 days of training, 21 participants from 10 different CSOs engaged in exercises on determining their CSO mission statement, SWOT analysis, strategic priorities, strategic objectives and strategic plans. In addition to facilitation and training conducted by BALADI CAP organization development specialist, participants engaged in three activities designed to enhance their capacities to strategically plan in a participative setting.
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Practical Financial Management – Part I
April 25-26 2014 – Hotel Padova, Sin El Fil25apr2014.

Eighteen participants from eight CSO partners undertook this Financial Management training over two-days. Alice Azar, Finance Specialist, led the workshop from BALADI CAP. The aim of the training was to build the financial management capacity of the CSOs and improve their accounting practices.
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Highlights

Within the framework of "BALADI" program funded by the US Agency for International Development in Lebanon (USAID), "Statistics Lebanon" outsourced by Rene Moawad Foundation and Caritas Lebanon is conducting a survey to measure the improvement of public services in the selected municipalities for the first round of "BALADI" program through the perception of various number of community representatives from the targeted local communities.
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