Civil society organizations and networks are at the forefront of accelerating and sustaining social change and promoting a fair and equitable system. The downward trend in global development assistance grants and Indonesia’s moving from a lower to an upper-middle-income country poses a challenge for civil society organizations in determining their organizational development strategy. PWYP Indonesia, with the support of The Ford Foundation through the BUILD program, is committed to implementing a strategy for building the capacity and independence of coalition institutions and conducting strategic collaborations with government public agencies in encouraging improvements in policy governance.

The starting point for running the program requires in-depth discussion and internalization for the PWYP Indonesia National Secretariat regarding the design, cycle, strategy and program plan to ensure the program runs effectively and on target. The internalization of this program was attended face-to-face and online through the media Zoom (04/05). Meliana Lumbantoruan, Program Manager of BUILD, detailed the program design containing two outcomes; First, PWYP Indonesia has institutional solid and network capacity, improved operational standards and procedures, and strong leadership in driving social change and public policy reform. Second, PWYP Indonesia is becoming more independent, resilient, and sustainable by generating income/conducting fundraising. Outcome 1 focuses on implementing an organizational assessment and mapping of the coalition’s capacity to identify capacity building needs, formulating the coalition’s mid-term and annual strategy, improving physical and digital security SOPs. Meanwhile, Output 2 focuses on organizational development in designing and managing project portfolios and fundraising strategies to make it more competitive and sustainable.

Furthermore, Meliana outlined the project milestone stages for the next three years and five years. These stages start from project preparation and assessment of coalition needs, conducting Capacity Building, developing a Knowledge Sharing Mechanism, compiling an Exit Strategy, to the post-BUILD transition. Maryati Abdullah, as Senior Advisor of PWYP Indonesia, conveyed details of strengthening organizational independence through the plan to establish a new business entity as part of a strategy to generate revenue to support the work of the coalition.

Collaborative work needs to be encouraged by strengthening the capacity of each institution. PWYP Indonesia believes that institutional institutions will work best when they can achieve their vision and mission strategically, connect with strategic partners, and expand the scope of their work to benefit the wider community.

Author: Chitra Regina Apris