Building the capacity for the Board of Directors and staff.
Several workshops and seminars have been arranged to strengthen the capacity of the Board and staff and they include the following.
1. Capacity Building for the Board of Directors
With the goal of strengthening the capacity of the NDF Board of Directors, to manage and grow the organization in a sustainable and significant manner, NDF conducted corporate governance workshops on 28th July and 4th August 2006, facilitated by the Institute of Corporate Governance Uganda (ICGU), a company certified by the Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance.
Six training modules were covered during the workshop, each well packaged and aimed at training a board that is devoted and controlled to direct and manage organisation affairs towards enhancing transparency, integrity, sustainability and accountability.
2.Training of Board members and NDF staff members on Project Management.
As part of preparations for implemeting the women and children hospital project, NDF held a half–day seminar for the Board members, and staff, to discuss various technical, financial and social aspects of the project.
Among key isues discussed was the need to conduct a feasibility study to assess the viability of the project, and development of a business plan for the project.
3.Capacity Building for the NDF Board of Directors and staff on Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation.
With the goal of strengthening the capacity of the board and staff members, to manage and grow the organization in a sustainable and significant manner, NDF conducted a one-day workshop on fundraising and resource mobilisation, and risk management in organisations.
The workshop was facilitated by Quality Assurance and Management Consultants. The main issues covered in this workshop were as follows:
• The nature of risk management and board responsibilities.
• Risks faced in organisations.
• Planning for risks.
• Expectations of the regulator and good practice.
Funding and Partnerships
• Policy and strategic context.
• Funding and partnerships.
• The development process.
• Board members’ role in funding and partnerships.
Among the key recommendations from the training workshop was the need for NDF to develop a fundraising strategy for the organisation covering the period of the current strategic plan (2006 – 2011). The fundraising strategy has already been developed.
4.Strengthening the capacity of the Program Officer in managing Non – Government Organizations.
The Program Officer attended a two-week workshop on Planning and Management of community development projects at Uganda Management Institute, Uganda. The training targeted community development professionals, project managers/officers, general administrators, community development workers, project analysts and professional evaluators.
The training had the following modules: Ccommunity development projects and the macro-economic environment, the project cycle, problem analysis and needs assessment, participatory planning, mobilization strategies for grassroots participation at all stages of the project cycle, project appraisal, activity planning and scheduling, managing project resources, monitoring and evaluation, the logical framework approach, project sustainability, and conflict management in community development project.
By the end of the course, the Program Officer had improved her knowledge and skills in the identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation and monitoring of community development projects hence strengthening her capacity to perform better while working on NDF Projects.
5.Meeting with Dr. Mishra – Mediheal Hospital.
As part of preparations for the hospital project, Dr. Mishra visited NDF for a meeting with the patron of NDF,Her Royal Highness the Nnabgereka and the board members to discuss practical issues related to the project. Among issues discussed were; the Memorandum of Understanding, fundraising strategies, schedule of the project activities and the structural set up of the hospital. Dr. Mishra is the Chief Executive Officer of Mediheal Hospital and Fertility Centre based in Eldoret, Kenya. NDF intends to implement the hospital project in partnership with Mediheal Hospital and Fertility Centre.
As a follow up to the issues discussed during that meeting, two executive board members of NDF, Dr. Olive Sentumbwe-Mugisa and Dr. Lydia Mpanga Sebuyira visited Mediheal Hospital and Fertility Centre and Parklands Mediplaza, to explore more about the operation, governance and range of services offered by mediheal hospital. they also held a consultative meeting with a ugandan doctor at moi teaching and referal hopital. From their findings, they concluded that Mediheal Hospital and Fertility Centre was a much-needed facility for improving the reproductive healthcare of women in Uganda.
Development of a 5 – year strategic Plan
Through the strategic plan intervention, and leadership and management training, the Executive Board is able to have a focused plan of action for the organization and able to make selected and strategic interventions to improve the socio- economic well being of Uganda’s people.
Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation System
NDF Board Members capacity was improved through this training and M&E Manual system for NDF was developed.
We highly welcome volunteers and students who are interested in doing either voluntary work or internship or us. By working with NDF, volunteers will obtain a better grasp of the larger structural and policy issues facing the vulnerable children, women and youth of this country and Buganda Region in particular.