Museolab workshop at the American University of Technology (Halat-Jbail)
Museolab workshop at the American University of Technology (Halat-Jbail)

Unleashing Potential for New Prospects: a workshop on NGO management at Museolab

Our Tandem Amwaj partner organisation Museolab shares an article about the recent developments of the programme in Lebanon.

As part of the Tandem Amwaj programme, Museolab in Lebanon are working on their Impact Experiment to attain agility, fluidity, adaptability, new perspectives, and enhance collective impact on the socio-cultural level. Achieving agility and resilience requires developing leadership capabilities and mastering the tools, frameworks, and methodologies necessary for defining and executing effective strategies in uncertain times. Back in January, the team has organised a workshop in order to gain new perspectives, insights, and tools that foster individual and organisational resilience.

The NGO Management Workshop entitled “Unleashing Potential for New Prospects”, was held on the 13th of January 2024 at the American University of Technology (Halat-Jbail), organised by Museolab in collaboration with Jessica Moufawad Maalouf, a university professor at Sagesse University (Beirut). The workshop aimed to provide participants with practical knowledge and skills to effectively manage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and drive social impact. The workshop was attended by fifteen participants from Museolab team and partners and other local civil society organisations. Here are come key takeaways!

Key objectives and Workshop Highlights

The workshop was designed to fit the needs and expectations of the team and wider network of Museolab. In summary, the core intentions were:

• To enhance participants’ understanding of NGO management principles and practices.
• To equip participants with practical skills in project management, fundraising, and stakeholder engagement.
• To facilitate networking and collaboration among participants and NGO leaders.

After a day full of conversations, there are some key takeaways and highlights that we want to share with you:

Opening Session: The workshop began with a keynote address highlighting context, structure and types of NGOs and their importance in addressing social challenges.

Interactive Sessions: The workshop featured interactive sessions on project management, identity development and citizen centric governance. Participants engaged in group activities and case studies to apply concepts learned.

Expert Panels: Experienced NGO leaders shared their insights and best practices in managing NGOs. They discussed topics such as needs assessment, organisational sustainability, and impact measurement.

Networking Opportunities: Participants had the opportunity to network with each other and establish connections for future collaborations. A networking session was held at the end of the workshop discussing Museolab mission and vision and shared values.

Outcomes and Conclusion

Reflecting on this recent workshop, we observed that participants experienced an immersion into the principles and practices essential to effective organisational stewardship. Throughout our sessions, attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of NGO management.

Together we explored practical competencies: project planning, building an organisational identity, steering citizen governance. Each participant left the room with a refined skill set tailored to address the challenges inherent to NGO management. Moreover, the workshop was also a place for networking and collaboration.

The NGO Management Workshop provided participants with valuable knowledge and skills to enhance their managerial practices. The workshop not only imparted practical skills but also inspired participants to continue their efforts in driving social impact through their organisations. The workshop also was a great opportunity to network with different local stakeholders and start new projects.
Museolab is planning to hold a level 2 workshop this year designed to dive deeper into project management and monitoring and evaluation.