Checklist on Organisational Capacity Assessment for (COCA) fundraising purposes for an international NGO

Project title:
Name of organisation: Avance Impact
Team leader: Edith Kroese
Position: Freelance writer and editor
Start date: 2015-08-01
End date: 2015-08-31

The COCA check list is a document used by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assess whether an organization has the capacity to spend funds appropriately and effectively. The COCA – check was approved. The endclient, SOS Children’s Villages, now meets the threshold criteria for receiving Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ funds. 

A first draft had been made by SOS Children’s villages available of this check-list. I was assigned by Avance Impact to improve this check-list. I interviewed different staff members of SOS Children’s villages, collected information and filled out the form. 

SOS Children’s villages used the COCA for an approved funding proposal (3.5 Million Euros) for the Next Economy Program that aims to create job opportunities for young people by stimulating social entrepreneurship in Mali, Nigeria and Somalia. This program is implemented in cooperation with 1%Club, Enviu and Afrilabs through the “Local Employment in Africa for Development (LEAD) Programme. The Next Economy Programme will run from 2016 to 2018. 

” Through this program we aim to build a local ecosystem in which innovators, entrepreneurs, business incubation labs, businesses, youth organisations, the government and investors unite to get innovative start-ups off the ground that can have a social impact and create further employment opportunities for African youth. Our goal is to inspire, coach, and facilitate young people in developing countries to start their own businesses, scale-up a promising start-up or prepare them for a “decent job” at an existing company” More info (in Dutch). 

Location: Home-Based
Value: 3.5 Million Euros
Description of value: This COCA was, for example, used in the Next Economy Programme through LEAD, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donor: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other donors