Effectiveness & Learning
An effective organisation is one whose work achieves genuine sustainable improvements in the lives of the people it seeks to support. We offer a range of services and tailored support for members looking to improve their organisational effectiveness, both in-person and online.
Mentoring is provided by our experienced mentors who have wide ranging expertise in organisational development. We offer a number of bespoke mentoring packages of support, including an Accompaniment Service for the Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme which provides 30 hours of mentoring for eligible organisations. This support is available throughout the grant cycle.
Working Groups are member-led spaces designed to encourage peer learning and to convene work on issues of shared concern. Meetings of the working groups traditionally involve distinguished invited speakers as well as member presentations. Current working groups include: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL); Leave No One Behind (LNOB), Funding and Safeguarding.
For more information or to suggest setting up a new working group, visit the working groups page. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please email Laura .
Training and Information Sessions
Face-to-face training sessions and workshops are delivered by expert trainers in a range of locations across Scotland. Training sessions cover a range of topics each year including but not limited to: grant management, fundraising, safeguarding, IATI and transparency, and MEL.
Online Training, Webinars & Online Resources
Online training sessions and webinars allow members to join whether they are working from the home, office, or while travelling. They offer the chance for members to learn about a specific topic, upcoming funding opportunity or new resource in a short, online information session. To see a list of upcoming online events or view the recordings from past sessions, visit our Events page.
The Alliance publishes a series of online resources on a range of topics. Resources cover topics including: MEL; safeguarding; fundraising; and value for money. To search the archive, visit our resources page.
The Alliance has also developed a freely available and practical organisational capacity assessment the Effectiveness Toolkit. The Effectiveness Toolkit enables an organisation to review its work both against a set of principles of good practice in international development and benchmarks of good operational practice. Please note that the Effectiveness Toolkit was published in 2014 and is currently being updated. For information on our online training, webinars or resources, please email Laura
The Alliance Community is an online forum designed to encourage conversation, collaboration and partnership across the network. Members are able to ask questions and receive answers from their peers, whilst the Alliance team brokers connections between organisations to encourage peer learning, new partnerships and crowdsourced solutions to problems.
Assessing Our Impact
Over a two year period (2014-15), BOND and Scotland’s International Development Alliance (then NIDOS) commissioned INTRAC to carry out in-depth case-study research (2014-15), to provide evidence of why member organisations decided to use effectiveness tools and services, and what changes happened as a result. The report is now available: Research Programme on the Use and Application of Bond / NIDOS Effectiveness Tools and Service.
In 2018 our Effectiveness & Learning services reached 333 people. We delivered 117 hours of mentoring, held 8 online events and convened conversations with 87 organisations on the Alliance Community
If you have any suggestions for how the Alliance could better support your organisation to enhance its effectiveness, or, you would like to recommend a training topic, an idea for a working group session, or, a resource for the website, then please get in touch with our team via email.
How We Help
Effectiveness & Learning
Working on effectiveness has long term benefits for an organisation and the people it supports. We offer a number of bespoke services for our members.
Finding and accessing funding is an important aspect of any organisation's work. We offer services to members to support them with this.
Policy and Advocacy
We broker connections between our members and decision-makers, while also providing a platform to develop a collective voice on important issues.
By participating in an active network, organisations can become more effective. Together we can make better progress towards meeting our international development goals.
The "Safer for All" package supports organisations to strengthen their safeguarding policies, procedures and practice; it comprises resources, templates, examples and is accompanied by a structured programme of capacity development, workshops and training.
Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
This page summarises the concept of policy coherence and links to our main our main body of work on this issue - an open and editable Wiki.
This page provides a summary of what the Alliance is planning around the UN Climate Negotiations that come to Glasgow in November 2021. We also signpost to resources, events, and information available from our members and partners.