Building local capacity one consultant at a time.
Common Ground frequently provides assessment, capacity building, and institutional strengthening support to development projects around the world. In these projects, we bring a unique skill set and cutting-edge tools that make our involvement essential. Often, however, as the work evolves, we find that there are terrific local consultants who—with additional support and training—could provide many of these services.
In these cases, we’ve designed an approach to building authentic local consulting capacity to meet those needs, and better align with our own development philosophy and values. Specifically, we want to create new avenues for future organizational strengthening that aren’t dependent on Common Ground, the project, or its donor.
Our curriculum is highly-adaptable and is easily tailored to the capacity building priorities of a project. The model includes local consultant selection criteria, application protocols, 3 and 5-day training curriculum, and a series of relevant half and full-day follow-on skills-building workshops: strategic planning, governance, communications and social media, etc.
We think the model is also perfect for foundation staff who are increasingly being asked to support (and provide) institutional strengthening assistance to their grantees.
We promise: We will exceed your expectations.
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