CNHR member institutions’ Grant Management Training workshop was held from the 27th to 30th of July 2016 at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. The workshop was officially opened by Ms. Mercy Ndana Machiya (POS). In her opening remarks, Mercy shared that the workshop was designed to enhance the knowledge and management skills of grant recipients, administrators, sub-recipients, or persons involved in grants-related activities and responsibilities; to enhance capacity of participants in attracting and retaining long term donor support through effective grant management and to share experience/best practice among CNHR member institutions. She noted that effective grant management is essential to an organization’s health as it,
(i) protects your organization from the negative consequences of bad audits, disallowed costs, and lost funder confidence
(ii) helps build solid, productive relationships with funders that contribute to future grant awards and
(iii) contributes to the operation of effective programs that achieve meaningful outcomes. Mercy informed participants that the recommendations coming out of the workshop would inform future capacity support to member institutions.
The four day workshop was attended by forty one participants from various organizations working with CNHR in Kenya (refer to Annex 1). Some of the organizations represented in the workshop included KEMRI, Great Lakes University, Maseno University, University of NACOSTI and ICIPE.
CNHR contracted Capacity Africa Institute to facilitate the grants management training. Capacity Africa is a capacity building and research organization specializing on community and organization development, open training and distant learning.