The NGO Capability Scan

This tool supports the assessment of an NGOs internal capacity to induce and support inclusive agribusiness initiatives in developing countries, in cooperation with private sector partners.

How can the NGO capability scan help you?

This online tool will help you to learn how to improve your support to market-driven initiatives to achieve social impact. This unique scan will help you to identify the internal capabilities your NGO has or should have to contribute to creating strong business initiatives with explicit social objectives embedded. The tool also serves as a good baseline and/or progress measurement tool in organisational development tracks in the field of Inclusive Business.

It will provide your NGO insights into, a.o:

  • where to strengthen the in-house IB agribusiness capabilities
  • how to become a strong partner of the private sector in inclusive business initiatives
  • balance in-house capacity in both a needs and market driven approach
  • assess staff skills and capacity development needs to get initiatives successfully of the ground

How does it work?

Via this tool, you will map your NGO’s internal capabilities. The capabilities are categorized in Resources, Processes and Values and represent several topics that are relevant for NGOs to succeed in contributing to strong business initiatives that have a social impact.

Block 1: Values

  • Leadership
  • Mission, vision, corporate strategy
  • IAB culture and awareness
  • Innovation culture

Block 2: Processes

  • Organizational processes and systems
  • Learning systems and –mechanisms
  • Data collection and impact measurement
  • Funding and partnerships

Block 3: Resources

  • Staff competencies to deliver projects and project results
  • Adaptive learning staff
  • Tangible assets
  • Intangible assets

Through the tool you can assess to what extent employees from different levels of the organization feel that these building blocks are in place. Each building block includes several statements about important aspects that determine the organisation’s capacity to engage in Inclusive Business initiatives. Each employee is asked to answer on a scale of 1-4 to what extent they feel each aspect is embedded in the organization. The results of the assessment are then graphically plotted: one graph per employee and one graph with all employees together. It is possible to stay anonymous as an employee during this exercise.

Comparing the overall graphs reveals similarities and differences between employees’ opinions, providing a first insight into the organisation’s status quo and capacity gaps. An additional service is developed by BoPinc and PPP lab, to ensure that the use of the tool is not just a “filling-in exercise”. The additional support will allow for in-depth staff-reflection, inspiration and prioritization and design an actionable track for improving making agribusiness more inclusive in developing markets.

This tool is developed by BoP Innovation centre in collaboration with PPP Lab. It supports the assessment of a company with respect to its internal capacity to induce and roll out inclusive agribusiness initiatives in developing countries.

The original source based on which this tool has been developed is the RPV Framework by Clayton M. Christensen (2001).