McColm & Company undertook an assessment of an NGO over the course of four weeks; this included a desk study, interviews, and field work in Sindh, Pakistan. We provided our client with an organizational capacity and product and market assessment, effectively evaluating a Karachi-based NGO and their potential for a craft partnership with our client.
FOCUS: Livelihoods model for women in Pakistan's rural villages evaluated and modified for greater impact.
The client is a non-profit social enterprise that engages with women-led craft cooperatives in the developing world to provide artisans with access to the U.S. market and women with livelihoods opportunities. Global Goods Partners was interested in exploring the potential for a craft partnership with an NGO in Karachi, Pakistan, but an on the ground assessment was needed in the sometimes volatile villages served by the NGO in order to better understand their programs and impact. The client also needed to assess the viability of the NGO’s model for social enterprise development and efforts at embroidery craft product production.
The McColm & Company team designed and implemented an assessment of the organization that included a desk study and field work in key locations in Sindh, Pakistan. Our team traveled to project locations in rural villages to assess program outcomes and interview constituents and beneficiaries. McCO then provided the client with a robust analysis of organizational capacity and a product and market assessment - focusing on the NGO’s efforts to build a viable social enterprise around local embroidery products. The report culminated with an outline of potential ways forward for the NGO.
IMPACT & RESULTS
In gaining a multifaceted assessment of the NGO, Global Goods Partners was able to make an informed decision regarding a potential craft partnership prior to investing time and resources.
Evolving from a traditional NGO into a mission driven, revenue generating social enterprise is an excellent sustainability strategy to reduce donor dependence, but requires a combination of nonprofit and for profit management skill sets that must be developed or acquired in order to transition successfully.