This toolkit, written by Catherine Squire, is a concise guide to partner capacity strengthening intended specifically for use by small non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The toolkit is one of five produced as part of the Strengthening Small Organisations with Big Ambitions project (2021-22), which aimed to strengthen small UK-based NGOs working in international development. However, it can be used by any small NGO which aims to strengthen the capacity of its partner organisations.


Strengthening Small Organisations with Big Ambitions is a two-year project aiming to support small UK charities working internationally, to improve their resilience and provide more effective support to partner organisations and communities overseas. Funding is provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) through a Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) Capacity Development Grant.


This toolkit is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You can view a copy of the license here.

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BA PCS Toolkit

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PCS tool - sample CS plan template

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PCS tool - Organisational Assessment process

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PCS tool - menu of CS activities

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PCS tool - Life Cycle activity

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PCS tool - CS competencies list

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