Examples of projects and activities
Leadership and management development: needs assessment and training of managers and senior officers (Nigeria)
July – September 2013
MSA International was contracted by ARFH (Association for Reproductive and Family Health) to assess ARFH’s leadership and management development needs and, based on the findings, design and facilitate a three-day workshop on leadership and management for leaders and senior managers of ARFH. The workshop curriculum started with a broad perspective of development, followed by a review of the role of NGOs in development and the ARFH leadership and management experience and how to build on it; and ended with practical techniques for developing leadership and management skills.
Strategy development: facilitating effective action to end early child marriage (West Africa regional)
January – April 2013
MSA was engaged by Ford Foundation (through IIE) to support the development of a strategy to disseminate findings and recommendations from a research on early child marriage conducted by development Research and Project Center (dRPC), Kano. In consultation with dRPC and thirteen other interested local and international development partners, MSA led and facilitated the strategy development process at a workshop in Abuja. MSA’s engagement included documenting the proceedings and conclusions of the dissemination conference hosted by Ford Foundation in Abuja, and producing the conference report.
Diaspora and development: research on engaging diaspora and national volunteers to develop civil society for SRH interventions (Nigeria)
March – September 2012
With support from Comic Relief, MSA designed and conducted the research from April to June 2012 in Bauchi and Sokoto States in Northern Nigeria, and in Stockholm, Sweden and London, UK. Primary and secondary sources (including relevant literature) were engaged in order to: 1) identify the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in northern Nigeria in relation to SRH care, 2) map the capacity of SRH CSOs working in the target communities, and 3) identify the barriers to Diaspora and National Volunteer (DNV) engagement related to capacity building of the identified SRH CSOs.
Sexual health and wellbeing: evaluation of Africa component, global dialogues program on sexual health and well-being (Africa regional)
May – October 2008
The Global Dialogues Program on sexual health and wellbeing was initiated by Ford Foundation in 2003. To help the Foundation and grantees in the GDP to assess results and to inform policy development and planning for the future, the Foundation embarked on evaluation of the Program in 2008. MSA was funded to implement the Africa component of the evaluation focusing on the Africa Sexual Health Resource Centre in Lagos and other mechanisms in Cairo and Johannesburg. As planned, MSA gathered information and data on activities and analysed results, identified effective and sustainable strategies, and identified how organizational development issues affected results.
Technical support and training: training of trainers for population disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (Southern Sudan)
July 2007 – June 2008
The Southern Sudan office of UNFPA engaged MSA to develop a training of trainers (TOT) manual and guide for population disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in southern Sudan. The materials were intended to help meet the training needs of ex-combatants to enable them to support HIV prevention and mitigation interventions in South Sudan. The consultancy, in two phases, was undertaken largely on site in South Sudan, In addition to the manual development, MSA also trained trainers to step down the training. MSA Ghana led the activity with technical backstopping from MSA international.
Sexual and reproductive health: technical support to strengthen planning and delivery of SRH information, education and services (Liberia)
August – December 2007
MSA provided technical assistance to Family Planning Association in Liberia (FPAL) to develop plans for strengthening and providing sexual and reproductive health information, education and services for its program year 2008. Funded by IPPF Africa Region, the technical assistance activity was part of a broad regional program capacity building initiative developed in 2006 with MSA assistance. With the support from MSA Ghana Country Team Leader, FPAL developed the 2008 annual program/budget featuring projects and activities in family planning, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Human capacity building: project and financial management training for project partners (Nigeria)
August – September 2007
In response to a request from ENHANSE (a USAID Nigeria project), MSA designed and facilitated a six-day training course on project and financial management for project partners of ENHANSE. The goal of the training was strengthened capacity of ENHANSE project partners to monitor and evaluate projects with the specific short-term outcomes of increased knowledge in monitoring and evaluation broadly, increased capacity to develop and implement M&E plans, and enhanced capacity to manage data for decision making. The six-day training was attended by participants drawn from several partner organizations in Nigeria.
Sexual and reproductive health: program capacity building for senior management and program executives (Africa regional)
February – December 2006
Under a contract with the Africa Region of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), MSA supported IPPF’s initiative to strengthen the capacity for program development and implementation to increase access to SRH and Rights information and services in identified IPPF member countries. MSA strengthened the strategy design; designed and facilitated the implementation planning workshop; designed the technical component of the baseline assessment tool used to generate the basis for designing intervention strategies; deployed one staff member to support the capacity building process in Liberia and Nigeria, and designed and facilitated an exchange of experience workshop at the end of the first year.
Reproductive health program management monitoring and support services (Nigeria)
January 2002 – December 2010
With funding and material support from Packard Foundation stretching over four funding cycles, this grant enabled MSA to support SRH program development and management in response to the situation and needs of SRH organizations and programs, focusing on those funded by Packard Foundation. In particular the project offered assistance in strategic management, data collection and utilization for decision making, sub-grants to and mentoring of selected Packard grantees, and development of tailored SRH program management systems, to improve the effectiveness of SRH programs.
Organization effectiveness: strengthening program and institutional effectiveness of reproductive health organizations (Nigeria)
July 2003 – June 2008
With funding from Packard Foundation, MSA implemented this project during three funding cycles, to support the government of Nigeria’s policy to slow the country’s population growth by increasing the effectiveness of organizations in developing, implementing and evaluating SRHR programs. The project supported and strengthened local (Nigerian) capacity for forward strategic and annual work planning, governance and board development, institutional and program management systems design, development of monitoring and supervision systems, networking and partnership building, and resource mobilization and sustainability planning.
Safe motherhood and FLHE programs: strengthening interventions and institutions for effective advocacy and service delivery (Nigeria)
March 2004 – December 2010
With funding from MacArthur Foundation stretching over three funding cycles, MSA supported national level advocacy and strategy development and focused on implementation of the national family life and HIV/AIDS education curriculum in six states (Borno, Cross River, Enugu, Kano, Lagos and Plateau). The main activities implemented included policy advocacy and program strategy development workshops, partnership development and promotion of collaboration, general and program management systems design, and financial assistance for local leadership and constituency building initiatives. The MSA assistance improved the institutional, managerial and technical capacity of the beneficiary NGOs, government institutions and CBOs engaged in sexuality education programs at the national level and in the six priority states.