Organisational capacity assessment - an introduction to a tool

One of the central issues in the current development practice is the strengthening of Southern civil societies. NGOs’ development projects increasingly include activities for the organisational development and capacity-building of Southern NGOs.

Capacity building aims at smooth internal functioning of the organisations, efficient performance in order to reach organisational objectives and well-organised networking with other actors.

This KEPA Working Paper focuses on the assessment of organisational capacity and describes six basic steps in organisational analysis from defining the need to identifying the organisation’s stage of development. What is most important, however, is what kinds of development and capacity-building efforts will follow once the analysis is completed.