OpEx East Africa - 2020

OpEx East Africa - 2020

Check out the sessions we are offering at OpEx East Africa 2020!

Leveraging Host Community Interactions To Maximize Beneficiaries Reach: Lessons Learned

Winrock International

As the humanitarian assistance train gears towards localization and the USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, it faces hurdles and challenges especially in reaching the needy and deserving beneficiaries. The process of identifying, verifying and monitoring humanitarian assistance to ensure the right beneficiaries are reached becomes increasingly challenging and requires complex data reading and identification equipment (e.g. IRIS scanner, finger print reader, etc). The session will identify the risks, discuss the challenges, and provide solutions for local NGOs. Participants will be more enlightened on the practical and easy ways of ensuring the right beneficiaries are reached, while minimizing associated risks, in the absence of sophisticated systems and procedures.

Subgrants Management In An Emergency


Sub-granting is the most effective way of implementing projects which cover vast geographical areas and need different expertise for implementation. Many donor agencies and UN agencies prefer implementing their projects through sub-grants to international and local implementing partners. This mode of implementation becomes challenging during emergency situations as the process of sub-granting is long but emergency projects last for between six months to one year. This session will enlighten members on how to effectively manage subgrants in emergency situations drawing from the successful Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP) Project implemented in Liberia in 2014 during the Ebola crisis.

Practical Safeguarding Challenges During Project Management

VSO International 

Those involved in programming and operations will recognize there are many practical challenges to integrating safeguarding thinking within projects and programmes, and to responding well to safeguarding incidents. In this session, hear from VSO about their our own hard-won learning around a few such challenges, such as building safeguarding thinking into programme design, harmonising safeguarding processes in consortia, taking a survivor-led approach, and encouraging reporting. Then, attendees will be invited to share their own reflections, learning, challenges, and concerns. This session will be less about providing the answers, and more about drawing on the wisdom in the room to help us all to become good reflective practitioners when it comes to this vital dimension of our work.


Learning & Development As A Change Management Agent


This session will seek to address the role of Learning and Development in the wake of organizational change process and how it can support organizational change process. The session will discuss tools and the Lessons Learnt from an Learning and Development perspective supporting a change process.

When IFRS Isn't Enough: Developing A Financial Reporting Framework For Non-Profit Organisations


This session will explore the why, what and how of Project #IFR4NPO - developing the world's first internationally applicable financial reporting guidance for Non Profit Organizations. Engaging with panelists from Save the Children (financial statement preparer), Open Society Foundation (user) and ICPAK (accounting body), participants will leave this session with a better understanding of why the world needs applicable guidance, confident about the credibility and validity of the process and status of the guidance issued, having discussed and shared their views from the perspective of different stakeholders, and aware of how to stay engaged, informed, and ensure their voices are heard as the project progresses.

Towards Localization: Promoting More Effective Partnerships With Local Actors

International Rescue Committee 

One of the key challenges the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and peer agencies have faced in delivering on Grand Bargain localization commitments has been a lack of appropriate policies, processes and tools for working in partnership, and gaps in staff capacities. Over the last 2.5 years, IRC has developed the Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results (PEER) System, addressing all aspects of partnerships, from how they set offices up for success in partnerships, and how they make initial partnership decisions, through to collaborative program design, due diligence and contractual components, and the effective management of partnership projects, as well as a specific focus on mutual capacity strengthening. IRC has also rolled out a global training program to build the principles, skills and approaches required for working in partnership. This session will introduce IRC’s experiences as a platform for an interactive exploration of successes and challenges of participating agencies in pursuing more, and more effective, partnerships with local actors.

Digital Transformation And The Journey To Future-Proofed Business Operations

UNIT4 Business Software

Facing increasing operational complexity and a big productivity challenge, most not-for-profit organizations are still fragmented in the back office, many are unsure how to navigate digital transformation, and the majority are not developing strategic alignment across integrated, business-wide systems. There is a huge opportunity to foster meaningful engagement through automation and configurable processes, and to improve flexibility so you can react more quickly to changing circumstances. Join us to discuss how a digital transformation of enterprise systems sets the foundation for your organization’s People Experience and future-proofs your organization so you can continue to deliver impact where it’s most needed.

A New Leadership Approach For Progressive Fast Growing Organizations

African Management Institute

Having the right kind of leadership is critical for a fast-growing organization to reach its growth potential. Often, the challenge is that as you grow quickly, so much is happening and leaders just start telling people what to do! Research has shown that there are more effective leadership styles for such environments. This experiential session is designed to equip you with practical tools, techniques and insights to be able to lead your organization effectively. Participants will leave with tools and resources for how to use different leadership styles to be intentional and flexible in their leadership style. In addition, participants will learn emotional intelligence skills to make it all work properly.

Achieving Network Impact: Strengthening Beneficiary Led Networks As A Scaling Solution In Development


Investing in the potential of individuals has catalyzed significant advancements for communities globally. Beyond individual impact, there is growing evidence that access to a strong formal network can result in heightened social change and results across sectors. This session will offer insights into why development actors should go beyond costly, unsustainable, piecemeal interventions to support beneficiary driven networks for impact at scale. We will explore the development impact that has resulted from stronger networks, drawing on local evidence. We will touch on ‘network’ theories around aligned contributions, collective impact and social capital. We will discuss how to apply innovative tools and approaches to your work - including IREX’s Network Strengthening Framework - to create and grow robust networks. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding on how to create and nurture networks for impact, the features of successful networks and what benefits networks deliver for beneficiaries.

Putting Advocacy Into Action: A Practical Tool For Measuring Progress And Milestones


In order to develop an integrated approach to advocacy, there is a need to ensure that the development and implementation of advocacy plans are situated within existing project cycle processes. However, it is important to note that advocacy also takes place outside of the structure of programmes, especially when it relates to important organisational priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and other global policy processes. In this session, attendees will practice ways to measure milestones and track advocacy processes. The session is intended to be a practical guide on the processes and reflections that we need to think through as we seek to integrate advocacy in programs as part of ensuring sustainability. It is about the partnership needed between teams and stakeholders to deliver good advocacy at the national level while at the same time critically reflecting on reaching the ultimate change.

Gearing For The HR Of The Future

Action Against Hunger - USA

In this session, learn about key trends, shifts in the HR operating environment that will impact effective service delivery, and what you need to know now and in the future for the HR fraternity and the workforce. Participants will have the opportunity to share what they have done in their organization and explore how they can ready themselves for change as individuals and teams.

Simplified Accounting Creates Transparency And Sustainability For Small Grassroots Organizations

Accountable Partners

For small community organizations around the world, the push towards doing accounting on a computer can seem like the only way forward. In reality what many small partners need is a simple handwritten system that is intuitive, transparent and accessible. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will share their experiences with grassroots accounting, and discuss when doing accounting on a computer is a help and when it is a hindrance. Working in groups, participants will be introduced to a simplified handwritten accounting system so they can experience for themselves how accounting can be demystified and streamlined to suit the environments where small grassroots organizations work.

Dollars To Outcomes: How To Bring Finance, Fundraising And Program Data Together

Oracle NetSuite 

Subsidiarity In Principle: Decentralization Of Human Resource Management (HRM) In Multinational Organizations

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability And Learning (MEAL) Systems In Practice For Quality Programs: Lessons Learned


Psychological Safety & Trauma: What It Means For Organizations And Their People

Thrive Worldwide

In this session you will hear from three experts on how psychological safety directly affects the wellbeing of your staff as well as the success of your organization. Hear from: a HR professional about how a crisis provided an opportunity to strengthen team cohesion and individual resilience; hear from a counseling psychologist with The KonTerra Group on how trauma affects the organization; and hear from a clinical psychologist with Thrive Worldwide on how psychological safety is the foundation for preventing safeguarding and code of conduct violations.

Building Organizational And Staff Resilience Under Shrinking Civic And Political Space

MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation

As the assault on NGOs and other organized citizen formations continues in many African Countries, it is at times such as this that we need to stand together more strongly than ever - and have the courage of our convictions. Civil Society and sole Activists need to remain steadfast with an unmatched spirit and unparalleled resilience. The need to not agonize but organize is more urgent than ever before. This session will speak on the different avenues that we need to pursue to build not only organizational resilience but staff resilience as well. This will embolden the NGOs and their staff to not relent on the mission they profess around social justice and dignity of the citizens. For this reason, there is need to expand the alliance of actors who will oppose this shrinking of civic space. When governments start working in arbitrary, unjustified and legally indefensible ways there is no neutrality in staying silent. NGOs, civic organizations and active citizens must rethink their modus operandi.

Understanding End Users In The Continuum Of Care: Applying Human Centered Design


While health service providers continually see an influx of interventions offered to them for use, the focus has typically been on the solutions and seldom the user. This practical session will showcase PATH's Living Labs user-centered approach, tools, and techniques in amplifying the voice of the user in solution design for positive health impact. Participants will leave the session with an appreciation of user-centered design and some practical tools to ensure meaningful engagement of users in their work.

Feminist Leadership: Leading From The Personal

ActionAid International 

Transitioning Local Organizations To Primes Under USAID/PEPFAR: Lessons Learned

Catholic Relief Services 

Building Sustainable Business Solutions For The Rural Poor

Nuru International 

Nuru Kenya shall lead a discussion on the sustainable approaches being employed in rural areas. The organization is building sustainable business solutions for the rural poor hence the participants shall have an opportunity to learn how to increase participation, inculcate ownership, transparency and accountability in the management of farmer led poverty reduction interventions. The team shall also share how NGOs and the governments can increase inclusivity, incorporate feedback and ensure the rural poor invest in creating and implementing solutions that enable them to address their challenges sustainably.

Leave No One Behind: 4 Inclusive Steps To Teaching Workshops That Work


“Leave no One Behind” – it sounds good yet often workshops do just that. Most learning events are not designed using an inclusive approach. As a result, we leave both learners and valuable insights and potential solutions to pressing social problems behind. This workshop aims to resolve that with 4 inclusive steps that anyone can use for face to face and/or online/blended workshops, to overcome bias in workshop design and delivery. Not only will everyone have a seat at the table, but they will be able to meaningfully engage.