Capacity Strengthening

We offer needs-based capacity strengthening to support faith organizations’ institutional change and action.

Faith to Action Network’s Organizational Capacity Assessments help identify strengths and weaknesses, plan capacity strengthening objectives and activities and monitor changes over time. This tool has proven great use for faith leaders who are passionate about promoting organisational change.

Faith to Action Network’s trainings equip participants with skills and knowledge on a large range of topics: value clarification, gender mainstreaming, knowledge of policies/norms, advocacy, communication, policy monitoring, media engagement, monitoring and evaluation and resource mobilisation, amongst others. We offer bespoke trainings, too.

Faith to Action Network develops training curricula. Based on capacity assessments it adapts its training curricula to their different audiences. We draw on what is already available, incorporate learnings and knowledge from our membership.

Faith to Action Network offers technical assistance to its member organisations in developing and implementing new institutional policies and programmatic approaches. Typical technical assistance requests from our members include: Integrating advocacy into organizational structures; Planning advocacy and communication actions; Monitoring policies; Identifying advocacy opportunities; On-the-job advocacy skills development; Developing policy briefs; Supporting policy dialogues; Value clarification and gender mainstreaming.

Faith to Action Network’s South-South and North-South dialogues and exchanges stimulates learning and change. The provision of safe interfaith and intercultural spaces where individuals can express their identities and aspirations is a critical support to openness and tolerance. With confidence comes curiosity, which can only lessen disagreements and conflict.

Faith to Action engages its members in action learning. We organise joint advocacy missions during United Nations, European Union, African Union and regional decision-making moments, involving several faith representatives. They meet a few days ahead of the decision-making event, jointly analyse evidence, develop advocacy messages, and presentations, tailored to decision makers’ specific interest and in line with the agenda of the event. This is followed by the advocacy action itself, where they will interact with decision makers and provide their input, and finishes with an after-action review, when lessons are discussed.

Faith to Action Network's recent capacity strengthening work

  • Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are mostly dependent on donor funding whose funding priorities and conditions may produce constant risks to their financial autonomy and institutional sustainability. An African proverb puts it to the point:  If you have your hands in another man’s pocket, you have to move as he moves. This situation of financial dependence