Implementing participatory approach among board members and staffs, MITRA Samaj identified institutional strength and areas of improvement of six CSOs in advocacy and facilitated them to develop their capacity development plans for next phase of CS:MAP.
On different dates throughout February and March 2020, MITRA Samaj conducted participatory workshop to identify Advocacy Readiness Index (ARI) of six CSOs and compare the latest status against the baseline set in 2017 and midline in 2018, and facilitated CSOs to develop their capacity building plans.
Though the ARI of IHRICON was planned to be conducted in March (with repeated change in schedules), the ARI couldn’t take place as the Government of Nepal imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since 2017, MITRA Samaj has conducted a total of 21 sessions of Advocacy Readiness Index of eight CSOs. In 2017, MITRA Samaj facilitated five CSOs to identify their respective baseline scores, and in 2018 and 2019, MITRA Samaj facilitated the ARI of five CSOs (replacing SOCH Nepal by CDC-Nepal) in each year. Finally in 2020, MITRA Samaj conducted the ARI of six CSOs.
The first year of ARI was primarily conducted to facilitate the CSOs in identifying their institutional strengths and areas of weakness through auto-diagnosis process and establish a baseline which could be further evaluated in the following years. In the second and third year, the ARI was conducted to evaluate the progress secured by the CSOs with a year following the application of the first and second year. Finally in the year 2020, the fourth and final round of ARI was conducted to evaluate the CSOs’ improvement in institutional strength across threesections and its 13 sub-sections by comparing it against the baseline indicators established in 2017.