Humentum (Legacy Mango) was a partner in the Kulana Liltanmia Programme (KLP) delivered in Sudan by the British Council (BC) from 2015 to 2018. Our role was to cultivate fiduciary management capacity through a team of local Fiduciary Mentors. The Fiduciary Mentors were recruited and employed by KLP/BC to maximise the success of the team in developing good organisational governance practices within wider Sudanese society.
During the project it was agreed that the mentor team will be spun off towards the end of KLP as a “development services” social enterprise. This social enterprise would sell fiduciary management and potentially other development services to BC projects, NGOs and other donor programmes in Sudan. Inspire for Management Excellence (IME) was established in 2018 and is currently running a successful business in Sudan.
There were two aims of establishing the Sudanese Social Enterprise:
- Build the capacity of Sudan civil society organisations to make the best possible use of the money they receive from stakeholders and become more financially sustainable.
- Build the capacity of local financial management professionals to provide ongoing financial management capacity building to Sudan Civil Society and Non-Government organisations.
These two aims contribute to the longer-term goal of increasing the effectiveness and accountability of a wide range of Sudanese organisations and reducing corruption in Sudan. The investment made through the KLP programme in this social enterprise will have a long-lasting impact through the continued sustainable provision of vital fiduciary financial management services to support the transformation in good governance and good development practices in the longer term in Sudan.
During the three-year KLP project the mentor team were consultants and trainers supporting British Council partners and other clients. Developing the capacity of 24 CSOs since August 2015, 11 Strategic Partners (SPs) and 13 Operational Partners (OPs). The trainers have delivered 136 training sessions on various finance and management courses and have also provided 232 mentoring and coaching support visits to CSOs in Sudan; working in Khartoum, River Nile, Gedarif, Gezira. The support and training sessions provided have been significant to the success of the CSOs. In general, the program has been a significant success and most of the CSOs are very happy with the support they have received.
The first key success factor to the programme was the Humentum holistic approach that makes the Capacity Development programme so unique and successful - the mentoring is focused on the overall organisation and does not focus only on the KLP financial grant. Support was provided to all staff and management team members.
The second major success factor for the CSOs was that the financial management assessment only took place after the grant was awarded to the CSOs. This helped the CSO to be more open and transparent and to build a trusting relationship with the mentors. The key outcome of the mentoring was better integration between the finance and programme staff to work as a team towards achieving organisational and programme objectives.
The mentorship programme has also created a great opportunity for mentors individually, enhancing and growing the mentor’s personal skills and confidence to work with a variety of civil society organisations, becoming financial management specialists within the CSO environment in Sudan.
The financial management capacity development programme the Fiduciary Mentors have witnessed and experienced change within the CSOs with staff skills developed, improved financial as well as programme management and longer-term strategic focus by management. The successful integration of the three key components: training, assessment and mentoring has been proven to be a very effective approach.