Under the guidance of the Executive Director and in conformity with founding tenets of SWISDO that are to promote community led development, staffs are always a hands-on team engaging in planning, implementation, monitoring and documentation of projects working closely with local communities.
SWISDO’s approach of involving beneficiaries, donors and the local communities improves efficiency and trust hence facilitating implementation of its programs even in fragile societies. SWISDO has well developed operational manuals with policies and procedures clearly identified, for governance, management practices, finance, procurement, human resources, fundraising, service delivery, sustainability and external relations.
Internal control system is adapted within the operational structures of finance unit is in place. There is a monitoring and evaluation capacity, with an M&E officer overseeing the Monitoring and Evaluation tasks supported by staff responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting across the program areas.
Compliance with local laws and regulations
SWISDO policies are subordinate to the laws of Somalia; thus it strives to align its policies to the laws of the land. As a member of NGO networks in SouthWest, SWISDO works within the confines of the law.
Annually, SWISDO has its registration certificates renewed with the Federal and SouthWest State administrations after complying with all laws as relates to the mandate of the organisation and the taxation requirements by the government.
Thematic areas of focus
Some of the key sectors focused on by SWISDO include:
- Humanitarian Assistance, Response and Preparedness;
- Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security;
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene;
- Health and Nutrition;
SWISDO has developed systems and gained expertise in project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation using participative methods. SWISDO has contributed to knowledge in WASH, Health, livelihoods and economic development, through production of adaptable tools, capacity building manuals and approaches that contribute to poverty reduction, employability and improved productivity among primary producers in rural and urban settings.
SWISDO has also developed sound financial and budgeting systems, policies and practice to avoid mismanagement and corruption. Recommendations from due diligence and systems audit process by donors have been implemented to improve management capacity of SWISDO. SWISDO management staff have extensive experience in international networking and programme management.
Financial Management and Compliancy
This is assured through quarterly financial reporting to the donor, budget follow-up and reports on projected expenditures against the Detailed Implementation Plan, annual consolidated audits by an External Auditor approved by SWISDO board and project specific audits initiated by donors.
Audit reports are presented to the board with action steps for improvement if needed. The Executive Director and the Finance Officer carry out bi-annual internal control visits to each project site to ensure compliancy with policy and donor regulations.
The portfolio diversity and scope has also ensured that staff capacity is enhanced by working with different donors. Training, skills transfer and mentoring are regularly done. The Finance team are experienced in financial analysis and budgeting while systems and procedures for technical and financial follow-up of programme implementation have been developed.