Customised support to NGOs
Capacity enhancement has been a key role that ARAVALI has played through its training programmes,
professional support services, information support and handling suport to voluntary
organisations.ARAVALI has experimented, evolved and developed activities into cmprehensive programmes
for support. These support initiatives help organisations to envision their roles, deepen their,
perspectives, develop their human resorces, strengthen their community base, access specialist support,
make their operating systems mre robust and evolve into organisatons that can take on the developmet
At the core of ARAVALIâ€™s Human and Institutional Capacity Enhancement program is the process of a
participatory assessment and diagnosis of its support needs of development organisations.
Each identified organisation needs to assess itself on its human and institutional capacity and work out
a mechanism to build on the gaps areas. ARAVALI aims to support this process through a facilitated
systematic process of self-exploration by the organisation team and its governance structure called
Comprehensive Support Action Planning . Building on the understanding of ARAVALIâ€™s long experience in
the areas of Human and Institutional Capacity Enhancement, it undertakes a process by which a â€œtailor
madeâ€ support package is developed. This leads to the development of a Comprehensive Support Action
Plan (COSAP) which is an articulation of organization's capacity building needs, actions required and
the timeframe. The COSAP guides the support inputs to the organisation.
Support is usually identified for human resource development, systems and process development,
governance issues, sectoral capacities, assisting wider linkages, resource mobilisation, and other
topical inputs that may be required by the organisation. This sets up the institutional foundation on
which development programmes can be built.
COSAP as a process usually addresses the following 6 elements of capacity building areas in small and
The COSAP is not a static document and neither is the process of support provision. COSAP recognizes
that capacities and capacity building needs undergo change and therefore throughout the support process
there is a continuous reassessment of the progress and further inputs required.