El Salvador Strengthening Local Organizations Project
IBI is supporting the Strengthening Local Organizations Project, a 2 year USAID funded project aimed to support civil society in El Salvador. IBI acknowledges USAID/El Salvador’s commitment to partnering with local institutions. This reinforces sustainable development. Strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs) is a good way to apply long-term, locally designed solutions to El Salvador’s problems of poverty, corruption, gang violence, and migration. But to do this, USAID needs effective CSO partners. Many Salvadoran CSOs lack the capability to partner with USAID. The Strengthening Local Organizations Project will strengthen key CSOs so that they can partner effectively with USAID.
IBI’s technical approach builds capability by addressing both the capacity and performance needs of CSOs by using the Human and Institutional Capacity Development or HICD framework. We define capacity as having the internal systems, processes, people and other resources that enable a CSO to carry out its mandate. Performance relates to how effective, efficient, relevant, and sustainable a CSO is. IBI will implement the LSP to achieve outcomes in both domains:
1. A larger number of CSOs that have the capacity to serve as lead implementers of USAID-funded projects
2. A more cohesive ecosystem of CSOs whose missions are compatible, who collaborate and learn from each other, and whose performance is measurably improved as a result of USAID support.