Capacity Development

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Introduction of Module 11

module 11 Assessment of potential actors at local level for selecting as partners for CSISA project in Odisha
obj To identify actors who would be capable of forming partnership with the project to help implement its activities at the field level with primary clients, the farmers, men and women, and contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods through various agricultural interventions.
Methodology The principal approach to be used for the assessment is to conduct SWOT analyses on one to one basis with a number of short-listed agencies those are already active or has the most potential to be active at the targeted districts of Odisha. A list can be obtained from secondary sources and in discussions with various key informants. For short-listing of local agencies a simple matrix can be used, a sample is given below:

Name of agency

Key area of competence/ expertise

Presence in the district/region

Activities in agriculture

Work with small & medium farmers

Years of experience


Note: can be assessed by putting scores (1-5 scale) or qualitative comments


SWOT analysis  will have to be conducted only for short-listed agencies/organizations to better understand the status of their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in a framework as presented in the figure below



In principle the discussion should be open ended but to give the investigators a set of clues as to how to facilitate the discussion, the following points are indicated. The team needs to use their freedom to use and not to use these points as they go.

For the present assessment potential local partner agencies have to be judged to understand their ability/strength to deliver services to achieve project objectives to meet both immediate need to interact and reach large scale project clients and the long term objectives to sustain project outcomes beyond project life. Following checklist will be used to assess their strengths:

• Registration status
• Areas of specialty/key competence
• Geographical areas covered
• Existing program activities
• Target groups
• Target group mobilization strategy
• Main activities with farmers
• Main activities with women
• Present projects
• Present donors/sources of resources
• Present network of actors
• Communication framework use
• Extension method/model use
• Activities/relation with government agencies (KVK, DoA etc.)
• Any other


• Self assessment of general weaknesses as an organization
• Weaknesses in relation to the project
• Weaknesses that are temporary and could be overcome with assistance
• Weaknesses that are structural to the agency and therefore could not be overcome
• Not the core competency of the agency
• Focus of the agency could be changed, if can not be managed
• Negatively affecting the progress in existing program activities
• Any other


• Opportunities as an organization
• Opportunities for the target groups they work with
• Opportunities in relation to the existing activities/projects
• Opportunities as they could make best use of their existing resources
• Opportunities as they see CSISA as a means to achieve greater sustainability for the organization/clients in terms of impact
• Opportunities as they see it as a chance to be part of greater network of agencies (research, extension, communication, donor, HR dev etc.)
• Any other


The type of threats anticipates because of their potential involvement in the project; some of these could be:
• Rigidity in the external environment (GO/NGOs, Donors, policies, LG market etc)
• Response from the client groups
• Scalability of the outcomes
• Dependency on other organizations
• Any other

Process Matrix





Agreement on the process

Short-listing of potential partners

SWOT Analysis

Analysis & reporting

Sharing of information and recommendation

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