Capacity building of the implementing NGOs

Published: 11 September 2020
Last edited: 11 September 2020

Participating in the IUCN Shared Resources, Joint Programme's capacity-building for civil society on business engagement helped the NGOs increase their chances of success, but also to connect with other NGOs at the event. The training included advocacy, building trust with the company, designing a good business engagement approach and engaging with a company in a convivial way while staying true to principles. Through this training, IUCN provided their existing contact with a key person in the company to the implementing NGOs, which further reinforced their engagement. 


Alliance and partnership development
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase

Enabling factors

SRJS sought to create a learning space that gathered civil society to share knowledge for increased business engagement impact, while considering their contexts and needs. Beninese NGOs involved in the training were also willing to know more about how to effectively influence business, as well as sharing expertise with other NGOs in their landscape. 

Lessons learned

- It is necessary to design an appropriate business engagement strategy because one type of strategy does not fit all situations. 

-It is important for an NGO to approach a business in a convivial way while holding on to its positions. 

-Trust-building between business and CSOs is paramount to achieving sustainability goals. 

-NGOs must work together and learn from each other to increase impact.