In a bid to strengthen the Joint National Association of People With Disabilities (JONAPWD)’s organizational delivery capacities and consequent upon the continued efforts by JONAPWD to be one of the most financially compliant indigenous NGOs in Nigeria and Africa, known with high level of financial integrity and program delivery, WEWE/USAID conducted an organizational assessment and capacity development visit to JONAPWD project office in order to appraise its structures and system geared towards promoting inclusive development for persons with disabilities in Nigeria, INN reports.

 

INN learnt from a Facebook post shared by the organization’s spokesperson that USAID-SACE contracted WEWE to conduct the assessment on its behalf in which four experienced staff were sent. They use a range of approaches including training, mentoring, coaching, and direct technical support to strengthen JONAPWD’s ability to meet expectations.


INN learnt that the assessment visit covered among other things:
• A (re)assessment of organization’s current capacity
• The re-design and delivery of generic and organization-specific support across key areas of Finance, Procurement, HR, and Fundraising.
• A re-assessment and re-design of Organizational systems and structure.

INN further learnt that the WEWE which stands for Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization is a Nigerian organization who have already attained the status of ‘direct funding’ from USAID – having evolved their own systems and processes in order to respond to the significant demands which direct USAID funding entails.

 

As a Nigerian organization, they also have extensive experience of that journey and can offer contextualized and effective input to support Nigerian organizations on that journey. SACE had engaged their services to support the organization’s anchors only which JONAPWD is part of, to work, to deliberate and have the capacity to receive USAID funding over the next 12 months.


INN equally learnt that the visit was both timely and germane to JONAPWD’s zests for improved systems and structures towards broader funding supports to deepen interventions around inclusive development of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

 

The Organization concluded the post that “lessons learnt, experience shared and recommendations during the visit have been well documented and shall be executed to better strengthen our organizations systems and structures”, according to its spokesperson.


INN also learnt that  mentorship under organizations like WEWE and SACE, which have accessed the USAID funds directly, will be an elixir for JONAPWD to also attain this level within the shortest time possible.

See photos of the meeting below;

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