Intrinsic NGO strengths and weaknesses

The main perspective for NGO development is firstly, more effective use of their intrinsic resources in order to adequately respond to changes and effects from external factors and secondly, an increase in the effectiveness of their work. At the first stage of such an evaluation, an analysis is conducted of the organisations existing state at a fixed moment in time a photograph of the NGOs state.

In order to evaluate NGO activity, measures such as the organisations workforce, its involvement in present day events in society, its stability etc. are taken into account. The organisations state and orientation needs to be taken into account in the context of the non-profit sector and of society as a whole.

According to the results of the survey, NGOs were found to have 9 strong points (in order of decreasing overall significance):

Chartered goals;

Activity and enthusiasm amongst organisation members;

The social impact of their work;

Access to information;

The demand for NGO work/services from the point of view of the client;

The extent to which the organisation is known in the local community;

The existence of a development strategy;

Qualified personnel;

Fixed contacts with mass media.

Participants of the survey reckoned NGOs 5 weak points to be:

Funding; Profit Generating activity of the organisation (production);

Contacts with business;

Technical equipment;

Contacts with local authorities.

According to the results of this survey and of other research into the non-profit sector, the strong aspects of Belarusian NGO activity are intrinsically connected with human capital: with the knowledge and skills of those who work in the non-profit sector, with their receptive attitudes and skills with regard to innovative activity and with their ability to find like-minded people etc.

The weak aspects of the non-profit sector are to a large extent connected with the economical side of the organisations activity and also with the extent to which modern information technology is available. The intrinsic potential of an NGO generally depends on the external environment in which the NGOs function.

According to the analysis of the non-profit sector, such aspects of intrinsic potential as the NGOs level of expertise, its contacts with funds, its international standing etc. are significant. However, their significance is currently being overlooked by Belarusian NGOs, which do not place great importance in developing strategic tasks and striving towards achieving them. This in itself is a cause of many problems.