Why Strengthen NGO Capacity through Collaboration?

As we get ready for our upcoming 2018 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar we take a closer look at the significance of this year’s theme- “Strengthening Capacity through Collaboration” and what it means for non-profits.

What’s Capacity and Why is it Important?

An organization’s capacity refers to its potential to perform through strategically utilizing skills and resources to achieve its social mission and meet the expectations of its stakeholders.

Organizational assessments usually reveal any existing weaknesses that would require attention. Thus capacity building typically encompasses the development and strengthening of human and institutional resources to ultimately optimize organizational performance. This is conducted by actions such as staff training and development and collaborating in order to improve effectiveness in various areas such as; organizational growth, financial stability, resource management, and program quality.

How does Collaborating Strengthen Organizational Capacity?

The value created through collaborating, working alongside another organization to achieve a common goal is undeniable.  Being able to combine resources, skills, knowledge, and experiences establishes a greater advantage for both parties involved.

For NGO’s this means:

  • A more strategic approach can be developed
  • Increased public awareness and advocacy
  • Stronger approach to facing obstacles
  • Greater resources can be utilized
  • Increased credibility through a united front
  • More goals accomplished together compared to working separately
  • Improved business understanding of social mission (corporate-NGO collaborations)


Given these benefits, NGO’s must be more willing to capitalize on opportunities to develop collaborative relationships as they can definitely provide an ideal approach to fortifying shortcomings in the organization’s capacity.

Has your NGO ever collaborated with another organization? How was/is the experience? Share your views in the comment section below as we get ready to discuss at the 2018 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar hosted by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II.

Join TT NGO News for the 2018 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar hosted by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II on Thursday 26th April from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Mt. Hope.

Registration is currently open to a maximum of three (3) persons per registered NGO or non-profit organization. Save the date and book your space today- email intprog@lokjackgsb.edu.tt or call 645-6700 ext. 186/128. Registration cost- $150.00 TT per person. Monday 9th April is the registration deadline. 

3 thoughts on “Why Strengthen NGO Capacity through Collaboration?

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