NDA Capacity Building | National Development Agency (NDA)

National Development Agent (NDA) during the 2014/15 financial year continued with the Capacity Building of non-profit organisations (NPO’s) in the Eastern Cape Province, which is also rolled out throughout South Africa. SPF was allocated 2 districts, being the Chris Hani District and OR Tambo District.

The NDA Round 2 Capacity Building and Mentorship Project was approached slightly differently this time. Whereas, Round 1 had 23 projects (46 Delegates) at one venue at one time, round two was split into 2 phases. Phase 1, Chris Hani District, with 13 organizations expected (26 delegates) and 12 organisations attending, and Phase 2, OR Tambo District, with 14 organizations expected (28 delegates) and also 12 organisations attending.

The interventions are split into 2 parts, the first is training and the second is mentorship. First a contact week is set up at a central venue where organizations are collectively trained through various manuals, and secondly, 2 site mentorship visits are made before the closeout of the project. Blue Crane Foundation has been working as a sub-contractor for this particular programme, the reason being that they are an accredited training provider and have the capacity to roll out the programme and to mentor these selected organisation for a period of 6 months after the training has been complete

Background of the programme

The National Department of Social Development’s goal is to revive a model of working Home Community Based Care (HCBC), of which SPF has been part of the research engine on the model, to pilot programme for HCBC model, to provide capacity building for the development of HCBC model as a pilot programme with collaboration with Sakhingomso (Indwe) and Masibambisane (Mdantsane) HCBC organisation in the Eastern Cape Province.

Programme Activities

  • To provide capacity in a form of training to selected NPO’s in Chris Hani District and OR Tambo District.
  • To do pre-training evaluation assessment and post-training assessment of these selected organisations.
  • To conduct assessment and evaluation programmes to assess the impact of the training programme.
  • Overall monitoring and mentorship after the training has been completed, using their established project in measuring the capacity built through this programme.
  • The following training was carried out: Basic Bookkeeping, Governance, Conflict Management, Project Management and Resource Mobilisation.


The investment being made at grass roots level during these interventions are adding increasing value and having a major effect. Clear evidence of personal growth of each individual participant has been shown. The first mentorship visit has clearly shown that delegates have taken the sessions seriously and have started an implementation process in their organisations. The interaction between participants and these organisations increased as their confidence has grown over the past few weeks. These organisations have been applying these skills to improve the running of their organisations and to improve services to their beneficiaries.