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REF: A) STATE 187026 B) SANAA 5295

1. The Society for the Development of Women and Children
SOUL has concluded its training project titled
"Institutional NGOs Capacity Building" This project was
performed in three phases:

The first phase was the institutional assessment of
local organizations to be selected for the training.
The second was the implementation of the training
The third phase was the follow up process for
targeted NGOs

2. SOUL's team carried out institutional assessment of
NGOs in seven governorates to assess the situation &
training needs of Yemeni local NGOs. Outcomes of
assessment were used by SOUL & PAS to select potential
organization in the targeted governorates. According to
a set of criteria agreed in advance, 40 NGOs in all
governorates were nominated for assessment; but 10 NGOs
only were selected for the training. This phase took
approximately one month and half.
This phase incorporated the following procedures:
Development a questionnaire for assessment
Identification the targeted governorates by PAS &
Suggestion criteria of selecting NGOs By PAS & SOUL
Identification the indicators and the weights of
NGOs institutional assessment
Communication offices of Ministry of Social Affairs
and SOUL to get lists of NGOs in each governorates
Conducting the institutional assessment for targeted
Sorting the overall questionnaires using the
specified indictors & weights
Selection the potential NGOS

SOUL & PAS representative nominated NGOs from seven
governorates: Sana'a, Amran, Sada'a, Aljawof, Hadramout,
Shabwa & Marib.

PAS worked with the SOUL team to put emphasis on
'quality' as the foremost merit of the project; thus a
number of procedures were integrated throughout the
project's implementation process to ensure this value.

3. The training commenced on September 27,2003 and
continued to October 9,2003. This 2- week training
incorporated three main issues: NGO management,
personnel skills & developing a project proposal. It was
implemented via the following methods:

1. Giving theoretical background of the subjects
2. Holding workshops & group discussions
3. Conducting a role play
4. Arranging for field visit to SOUL
5. Inviting some international NGO representatives as
guest speakers to talk about their experience in Yemen,
from local & donor NGOs
6. Pre-training evaluation for participants on each
7. Post-training evaluation for participants on each
completed subject at the end of each training day

The training focused on the application method more than
theoretical method. In addition, participants were asked
to prepare project proposals and look for funding
agencies with SOUL's cooperation.

4. The last step was the follow up or post -training
evaluation of trained NGOs. This step was set up from
November 20- December 15, 2003. While the training
program was implemented, the participants were asked to
prepare a plan of action through which the evaluator
could assess the advantages that the participants got
from the training as well as the improvement that took
place in the organization.

The Follow-up & Evolution Phase (FEP) aimed to assess the
participants benefits from training course.
Furthermore, it aimed to follow the implementation of the
plan of actions developed by participants during the

After the process of NGOs evaluation, the evaluator came
up with the inal ranking for the NGOs based on the extent
of benefit, application of the plan of actions, and
improvement in the NGOs' performance.

5. Evaluation Outcomes:

Through the process of evaluation for the NGOs, a number
of observations appeared as follows:

Only 8 NGOs out of 10 were visited and evaluated.
One of the organizations "Abraad Environment Protection "
did not attend the training course and "The Yemen Women
Media Forum" was in the process of finding an office for
their activities, therefore evaluation process was
Participants got benefit from the training
demonstrated in their work
A number of NGOs rely on determent persons that a
situation threaten the sustainability of the NGO
Most NGOs perform charitable activities through the
whole year
Most NGOs have no filling system so that it was hard
to promptly get information
Most NGOs have no an accounting records for
s for
financial transactions as well as no financial systems
Most NGOs have no stable financial resources in
order to continue achieving their objectives

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