Grant holder learning event held in Nairobi

More than 24 not-for-profit organisations and charities came together last week for a UK aid East Africa learning event in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two-day event, organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and MannionDaniels, brought together a wide-range of grant holders – from both the UK Aid Direct and UK Aid Match funds  – to discuss and share their experiences on a variety of subjects. These included sustainability, disability inclusion and project management.

One of the attendees said: “I think with a very mixed group of participants – very senior staff from large NGOs, and small downstream partners – the agenda catered for the diverse needs and levels of experience.”

The DFID and MannionDaniels’ teams took the opportunity to also visit 14 UK aid-funded projects in Kenya and Uganda, including Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grant holders WasteAid, Community Partnership (and SCCF) grant holders, Friends of Kipkelion and Impact grant holders, Farm Africa and ActionAid Rwanda.

Available to download

We are now in the final stages of informing organisations invited to the full application stage of the November 2016 general funding round, if they have successfully been awarded a grant.

This follows a thorough review of all applications, full integrity due diligence, and financial assessments.

Individual feedback will be provided to all unsuccessful organisations in due course. Meanwhile, we have compiled a lessons learnt document to profile general feedback on the applications received during this funding round. This comprehensive overview is available to download here.

New UK Aid Direct Learning products

The UK Aid Direct team is pleased to share two new learning products on value for money, and the role and importance of partnerships in international development.

The first learning product is a case study and it looks at UK Aid Direct grant holders’ Women for Women International (WfWI) and specifically, what it is they did in their project, to demonstrate excellent value for money.

Click here to read a PDF version of the case study.

The second product is an audio discussion between UK Aid Direct’s Technical team and UK Aid Direct grant holders’ AfriKids. The discussion focuses on the role and significance of working with partners in international development.

Watch the video on the UK Aid Direct YouTube channel (opens in a new window).