In a bid to increase the knowledge of executive leaders of civil society organisations on standard provisions and procedures of personnel and financial policies and support them in standardising, reviewing and updating the policies of their respective organisations, MITRA Samaj conducted a 3-day ‘Policy Revise and Update Workshop’ at Hotel Manang,Kathmandu, from January 10 to 12, under the USAID-funded Civil Society:Mutual Accountability Project (CS:MAP).
During the workshop, MITRA Samaj shared standard policies, provisions and procedures related to budget and budgetary controls, accounting, bank account management, procurement, auditing, fixed assets, inventory management, financial requirement, donor requirement, and other necessary financial management provisions. Similarly, the workshop also focused on sharing the standard policies, provisions and procedures related to organisation structure, staff recruitment, remuneration, benefits, performance appraisal, grievances procedures, personnel files, etc.
Technical supporter MKNB Associates, a chartered accountant firm, majorly focused on various acts and regulations endorsed by the government of Nepal in order to provide valid justifications to the policies and provisions shared during the workshop.
Developing action plans was one of the major agendas during the workshop, where, executive representatives of 14 CSOs (CS:MAP partners) working in 20 USAID CDCS (Country Development Cooperation Strategy) districts and 14 earthquake-affected districts committed to revise and update the policies of their respective organisations.
During the workshop, Anil Shrestha, Finance Director of FHI360, shared the importance of standard personnel and financial policies towards strengthening the organisational capacity of CSOs and ensuring its sustainability.
The contents of the workshop were designed to address the gaps in policies of CSOs identified during policy review conducted by FHI360 along with the findings of organisational capacity assessment conducted by MITRA Samaj and NNSWA (intermediary services organisation based in Kanchanpur).
The workshop was conducted as part of the capacity building of CSOs, the local level organisations to whom MITRA Samaj had been supporting through training, mentoring and coaching sessions.
“Alongside preparing and conducting the workshop, we had conducted coaching and mentoring sessions in January to support the CSOs in developing their strategic communication guideline, resource mobilisation plan and strengthening their capacity in practicing social accountability tools,” shares Vivek Singh Thakuri, Executive Director of MITRA Samaj.