By the Institutional Development Unit of ASONOG, Forus member in Honduras

At ASONOG, we started a virtual capacity development training program, within the framework of our Forus project, in September 2020. The objective of this process was to improve our affiliates' institutional management capabilities.

The training was carried out using a Learning by Doing methodology, that is, the starting point was always the seven selected affiliates' own experiences and that of their work teams. These experiences were combined with theoretical elements to draw lessons and good practice that allowed each of us to grow through the collective. The participation of colleagues from our affiliates' program and finance fields enriched the different viewpoints and thoughts.

In terms of content, the training process consisted of three modules. The first module was focused on the project management cycle, our institutional practices and areas for improvement. The participants expressed the importance of these considerations since labour taxes are becoming an institutional constraint on CSOs activities. In the second module, which was focused on getting to know shared management models, we had the opportunity to hear from other organisations about their experiences of shared cost models, working in partnerships and single program frameworks for different organisations. These experiences served as a basis for deep reflection on our own dynamics as a collective space in identifying our potential, as well as the obstacles that limit our implementation of a group network. Finally, in the last module, as the two previous modules were used as a base, we focused on project creation. What was interesting about this module was encouraging our affiliates to revisit the thinking and learning of the first two modules in order to incorporate them into practical exercises for continuous improvement and the identification of common challenges.

Without a doubt, these types of processes become much more relevant in an increasingly difficult context when it comes to managing resources of all types. The discussions and experiences of the group confirm this, since they increasingly face budgetary constraints from donors, dwindling resources and competition from other actors.

At ASONOG, we are committed to continue making the necessary efforts to make our affiliates stronger and more sustainable in a way that allows us to build our brand in a strong way and position ourselves as a national reference with far-reaching contributions in different work areas for the development of our country

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