International Grantmakers Network: Providing Capacity-Building Support for International Grantees (Part I)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 -
1:45pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network is hosting a two-part series on capacity building.

Part I will focus on how we define and approach “capacity building” in an international context. Part II will build on this discussion and go deeper into the strategies we employ when engaging in sustainable capacity building work with international grantees. We encourage you to join us for both programs.

  • Part I: Framing the Issues (January 25th)
  • Part II: Sharing Best Practices (February 9th)


Part I: Framing the Issues

Niamani Mutima, Executive Director of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG), will lead a discussion on overarching questions funders of all sizes should consider when providing capacity building support for international grantees, drawing on key findings from AGAG’s recent study, Making the Right Fit. AGAG builds and shares knowledge among funders working in Africa. The study focused on funding non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa but makes recommendations relevant for all international grantmakers.

We will draw on the experience and expertise in the room; please come ready to share how you as an international funder approach capacity building.



  • Definitions and approaches to “capacity building” from the perspective of funders and grantees
  • Differentiating between building an organization’s capacity to meet the needs of its constituency and building an organization’s capacity to respond to US-based foundation’s operating and reporting practices
  • How can US-based funders acknowledge or accommodate the complex funding environment in which NGOs receiving support from in-country and international funders find themselves?


A Philanthropy New York International Grantmakers Network program.



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