Making the case for capacity building

This case study evaluation of the Pact's Umbrella Grants Management (UGM) Program in South Africa highlights the additional benefits that the organisational capacity building assistance can provide to the effectiveness of grants.

In South Africa Pact worked with the NGO’s staff to develop a customized plan to focus support where it  was needed, as determined by  its set of  participatory capacity assessment tools.  


"Pact had implemented the project with a Theory of Change hypothesis: that the combined effect of grant making and organizational capacity building would result in improved grantee competence to deliver more efficient and high quality programs on a large enough scale to lead to improved prevention practices as well as increase health, emotional and economic wellbeing of persons living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHIA) and OVC. Capacity building support focused in five areas: financial management; monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER); program planning and implementation; organization development; and HIV and AIDS technical capacity." (Pact 2012 p2)


  • The Umbrella Grants Management Program (UGM)
  • UGM’s Program Approach
  • Evaluating UGN effectiveness
  • Framing the Evaluation
  • Data Collection Options
  • Summarizing and Attributing Results
  • Reporting and Using Evaluation Results
  • Insights into the challenges of evaluating capacity development


Better Evaluation, (n.d.). Making the case for capacity building: Evaluating Pact’s grantmaking and capacity building program in South Africa. Retrieved from website: