STAND Program Ends After Four Successful Years

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The capacity-building program wraps up after delivering over 200 hours of training and close to USD300,000 in subgrants to a total of 16 local non-profits. 

Kuwait City, 26 October 2016 – Exactly four years since it was first launched, the STAND program is drawing to a close at the end of this month. STAND (Support for Training, Advocacy and Networking for Development) was developed by international NGO PartnersGlobal in partnership with en.v, and funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to build the capacity of the local civil society sector through the provision of training, advocacy and networking opportunities. During this time, the STAND team has provided training to a total of 16 local civil society organizations (CSOs) on thirteen different topics ranging from leadership development, strategic planning, NGO governance, fundraising, grant-writing, project management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management and HR management to coalition-building, cooperative advocacy and conflict management. In addition, en.v developed a series of bilingual manuals and videos to provide an introduction to these topics to other local and regional organizations looking to build their organizational capacity.

The program also enabled CSOs to directly promote their causes by providing close to 300,000USD in subgrant funding to initiatives such as Equait, Deera, K’S PATH, INJAZ-Kuwait, Sout Al Kuwait, Birth Kuwait, Abolish 153, the Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute (FSRI) and Project 189. To increase the visibility and understanding of the civic sector as a whole, particularly among local youth, STAND most recently held a series of panel discussions at three different universities in Kuwait, focusing on a range of topics related to the role of NGOs in development and the opportunities and challenges faced by those who dedicate themselves to not-for-profit / social impact work. A survey was distributed among participants to gain insights into their current perceptions on the sector. The program also placed a strong emphasis on collaboration, by promoting project partnerships and knowledge-sharing / coordination at a sector-level through events such as the Shared Visions Networking Workshop and a seminar and series of legal clinics on the legislative framework for non-profits in Kuwait, in partnership with DLA Piper. 

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Faisal Al Fuhaid, the founder of Equait / Cross-Cultural Diwaniya, states “STAND took me from being an energetic child with a lot of ideas to a calm and collected adult who puts those ideas on paper and executes them”. Lina Al Qaddoumi, STAND Trainer and former Fundraising Director at INJAZ-Kuwait, remarks “STAND was a very rewarding experience for me as an NGO professional – it expanded my skills and knowledge of the sector, helped me build my network and understand the current situation and challenges for CSOs in Kuwait”. Eleanor Burton, CSR Manager at FSRI says “STAND was a great help in giving us the tools and the arena to step back and reflect on where we were as an organization and recalibrate our mission, vision and values. Most importantly, STAND strengthened and continues to help us build our community network and partnerships in ways which give us a greater voice to create meaningful change”.

While this program is ending, en.v will continue to support the work of CSOs and social ventures and engage in sector-building activities in future programming and as part of its strategic plan.

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