Salanga is the strategic MEL Partner to ADRA Canada and also the MEAL lead on two ongoing multi-country, grant-distributing, health and education programmes funded by Global Affairs Canada. These programmes (BRIGHT and TOGETHER) operate in Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, Myanmar, Niger and Sudan. Salanga provides MEAL Framework design, MEAL Planning, capacity building for programme staff, implementing partners and local partners in MEAL, CoLMEAL, Gender and Feminist Approaches, and leads the ColMEAL components in both programs. Further, Salanga co-designs qualitative and quantitative data collection tools, including HMIS (government health data). ADRA Canada has also been using Kinaki, Salanga’s SaaS MEL Solution, since 2013 in all its projects.
FIT is designed to support Canadian SMOs and their global partners to test innovative solutions that advance gender equality in the Global South. Salanga is the MEAL partner for FIT, helping to establish the initial MEAL design and definitions as well as processes around monitoring innovation testing and reporting to donors. Salanga also co-designed the baseline and other data collection tools and provides capacity building in MEAL for the FIT Team and its grantees. Kinaki is used by FIT to track indicators in their performance measurement framework, aggregate results across FIT grantee’s projects and report to the donor. Kinaki is also used by some FIT grantees to track their individual projects.
Salanga is the MEL Technical Partner for HerStart which is a multi-country Initiative implemented in Canada, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda, funded by Global Affairs Canada. Salanga provides MEL design and capacity building for the project teams including local technology and mobile network partners via live sessions; mentoring; a community of practice; and an online learning platform. Kinaki is used by the in-country implementing partners as well as the Canadian MEL program and executive teams to monitor and aggregate data across all the projects and report to the donor.
Salanga assessed the African Development Bank’s MEL systems and technology for tracking health and nutrition indicators. We assessed database system options and provided recommendations. We designed a custom cloud-based database system and dashboard for tracking the integration of key nutrition indicators in their projects.
“The technical support provided to the Bank helped the IT and Nutrition team to collectively developed a specific internal project for institutional sustainability measures and to standardize data collection in the internal business systems for Nutrition Dashboard…[T]he dashboard informed the Bank on its commitments to increase its nutrition smart investments in agriculture and food system projects in Africa…” – Amaka Odenigbo, Nutrition International
Salanga is the MEAL partner for Canadian International Science Exchange Program’s (CISEPO) technology innovation program for maternal child health, operating in the West Bank and funded by FIT. The innovation aims to improve access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic, while supporting immediate workforce strengthening and health system linkage needs through a blended technology and behavioural intervention.
[The] Salanga team was very actively engaged, so professional and always ready to provide solutions to arising issues through out the implementation of the project. I would strongly recommend the technical expertise of Salanga in similar work. The technical support provided to the Bank helped the IT and Nutrition team to collectively developed a specific internal project for institutional sustainability measures and to standardize data collection in the internal business systems for Nutrition Dashboard. (Salanga worked with Nutrition International and the African Development Bank to develop a custom Nutrition Dashboard to track its nutrition smart investments.)
[Kinaki] greatly increases the transparency, accountability, and communication between all parties involved. Additionally, Kinaki’s reporting feature allows us to have consistent reporting year after year.
Salanga provides us with personal security training of our staff for almost two years. We really appreciate their ability to adapt the program to fit our needs. We plan to work with Salanga again in the future and we would gladly recommend them to other organizations, NGO or otherwise.
Salanga helps us to transfer the topic of security into the practical level and strengthen thus not only knowledge and skills but also attitudes of our students through unconventional methods.
Having data in one place, easily accessible and understandable, helped us greatly in the preparation phase and served as a valuable basis for further research in the field during the evaluation.
I must say that the HEAT security training has completely changed my view on many things. In many ways, it has simply opened my eyes and I am only understanding it over time while running into different situations.
The week was very demanding for us and few of us are likely to ever forget it. The HEAT training included everything it possibly could. Pain, happiness, joy, tears, and tears again; but mainly an incredible learning opportunity for all of us. …
We have grown so much, not only as individuals, but also as a team of people.
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