World Learning's mission is to enhance the capacity of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world. Capacity development and training is a core component approach throughout many of our programs. From helping government ministries to improve their management practices, assisting NGOs to more effectively advocate for policy change, working with villages to better support children affected by HIV/AIDS, or teachers to incorporate innovative techniques into their classrooms, the World Learning approach to capacity-building is comprehensive, systemic, and highly adaptive.
We use an innovative approach to improve performance management that includes:
We draw upon USAID’s Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) principles and practices to ascertain and address barriers to performance. Many of our staff are certified in Performance Improvement methodology, a designation granted by the International Society for Performance Improvement. We also draw upon an array of capacity development tools, such as our proprietary Participatory Institutional Analysis (PIA), to provide programs with the necessary methodological flexibility and technical know-how to meet partner development needs.
Training programs conducted by World Learning are results-focused with measurable outcomes related to specific objectives. Training is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of individuals and may range from short-term targeted workshops to multi-year academic programs. For some courses, World Learning offers academic accreditation through our SIT Graduate Institute. To ensure consistency and high quality, World Learning trainers for these courses complete a rigorous certification process.
World Learning is a leading organization in grant making as a development tool. A hallmark of our approach to fostering development is the use of a structured system of funding local activities through grants along with targeted technical assistance and training. Many of our grants also foster buy-in through a match from partner communities.
We have worked both with individual NGOs and with networks and intermediary organizations in all development sectors, from health and education to democracy and enterprise development. We have managed grants programs with grant pools as large as $79 million; individual grants have ranged from as little as $500 to as much as $3.5 million. Regardless of the level of funding provided, each grant was the result of World Learning's tried and tested system for recruiting applicants, reviewing proposals, assessing institutional capacity, and ensuring the effective use of donor funds.
We have strong experience in managing and dispersing grants under USAID and other donor funded programs. Along with this experience, World Learning has developed tools and mechanisms to evaluate and select grantee organizations to assure their sustainability and viability for participation in our projects and beyond. At the crossroads of capacity development and grant making is the PIA, which is specifically calibrated to measure the sophistication and developmental stages of partner organizations in a number of institutional competency areas, and support them in strategically plan their further strengthening. Our grants management approach includes hands-on training and intensive mentoring for grantees, which with the performance analysis, form an essential basis for assuring grantees' sustainability throughout the project and beyond and for ensuring that donor goals are met under each award while simultaneously guaranteeing the growth and development of grantee organizations.
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