Four West African industry organizations, all Trade Hub grantees, learned best practices for attaining financial sustainability during three-day meetings with each organization held over a two and a half week period from February 10 to 28.
The four organizations—Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), West African Grain Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), and Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI), received Trade Hub recommendations in December 2016 to improve their operations and member services following baseline and follow-up assessments in July and August 2016, using USAID’s Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tool.
In December 2016, the Hub launched a desktop study to review best practices of well-managed regional and international organizations in Southern Africa, Europe and the U.S. including the Zambia National Farmers’ Union, American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and International Meat Trade Association. These organizations are technically similar to the grantees.
In three-day meetings with each organization, the Trade Hub discussed the findings of the study, including in financial sustainability, resource mobilization, and ways to provide services that attract new members. The Trade Hub also guided each organization in formulating a work plan with near-term and medium-term actions.
“This meeting is a very important learning event for FIKA-CI,” said Mme Barakissa Coulibaly, Advisor to the President of FIKA-CI. “It will help in decision-making for our organizational and institutional viability and financial sustainability.”
Next steps include technical assistance with follow-up actions to put these organizations in contact with the model associations, enabling them to continue the learning process.