Facility Aiding Locally-Led Engagement (FALE) Vanuatu has announced the successful completion of Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) assessments with the five Community Based Organizations (CBO) awarded grants for twin cyclone recovery.

The five successful grantees are Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association, Nakor Alam Youth Association, Vanuatu Foresters Association, Northern Ward of Port Vila City Council of Women.

The grants and accompanying OCAT assessment demonstrate FALE Vanuatu’s commitment to supporting grassroots organisations and strengthening their structures.

The primary goal of the OCAT assessments was to empower the grantees by bolstering their organizational capacity and equipping them with the necessary tools and knowledge to effectively prepare for potential future funding opportunities.

Through engaging an independent consultant for the OCAT assessments, safeguarding of both FALE Vanuatu and the grantees was ensured.

This process marks a milestone for Vanuatu Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (VANGO) representing the first time of the humanitarian arm, FALE Vanuatu, has been used as the initiating organisation for a grants program.

The decision to conduct OCAT assessments as part of the grant process reflects FALE Vanuatu and VANGO’s understanding of the importance of safeguarding organisation and ensuring long-term sustainability of the projects they support.

FALE Vanuatu and VANGO have shown their dedication to transparency, accountability, and the success of their grantees.

The grants, provided for the specific purpose of supporting the response efforts for Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin, award each CBO 1,000,000 Vatu to further their mission and initiatives within their community.

These grants and assessments will serve as a valuable resource for the grantees as they continue their vital work in their respective communities.

This funding injection is a testament to FALE Vanuatu’s commitment to community development and empowerment.

FALE Vanuatu is under the umbrella of Start Network and PIANGO’s Facility Aiding Locally-Led Engagement (FALE) Pacific empowers local actors in crisis response and resource management.

The first six National FALEs in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu strengthen existing National Liaison Units, coordinating humanitarian work and recognized in local legislation.

FALE Pacific is supported by Bread for the World Regional Office Pacific and Airlink.

FALE Vanuatu would like to extend its gratitude to the independent consultant and the participating CBOs for their dedication and cooperation throughout this assessment process.

It also acknowledges FALE Pacific and Vitol Foundation Grant for the partnership and funding to support the program.