Emerge Capacity Development Programme

The Resource Alliance Capacity Development Programme

Building a more just, equitable and thriving future for social impact organisations and their leaders


The Resource Alliance has a commitment to work with social impact organisations of every size and type, fostering new kinds of collaborations, partnerships and alliances. With more than 30 years of experience in delivering training and knowledge sharing – and a network of expertise that spans the globe – we receive requests from organisations large and small for help with their resource mobilisation and fundraising needs.

The Emerge Programme was developed with insight gained from over ten years’ global and regional experience of delivering tailored capacity development programmes.


The guiding vision for this programme is the emergence of organisations capable of delivering on their mission – a vision that we share with many sector stakeholders and donors. The programme has been successfully implemented with partners in regions and countries across different corners of the globe. The structured approach – incorporating in-depth needs assessments, carefully curated training workshops, strategy development, and executive coaching – has enabled the work to build the capacities of organisations and influence their culture.


What this has achieved includes:

  • Strengthened organisational capacity in fundraising and resource mobilisation, including, if needed, the development of appropriate organisational structures and processes
  • Enhanced resource mobilisation skills, competence and confidence amongst key staff
  • A functioning resource mobilisation strategy with plans and tools to support the process
  • Mentoring for increased and diversified funding in the short, medium and long term.


Over the years, the programme has been implemented with input and insight from our unrivalled network of fundraising and resource mobilisation professionals around the world to deliver a comprehensive capacity building programme.

However, with the ever shifting and evolving social impact landscape the programme has needed to adapt accordingly. Funders are challenging everything: from transparency to ethics, from impact to operating models, from accountability to governance.

We have seen this as more of an opportunity than a need. Why? Because we have learned that traditional models that rely on a narrow approach to fundraising are not necessarily the answers to an organisation’s long term financial sustainability, scalability or greater social impact. Interventions, we believe, need to be more holistic, more visionary, more dynamic. More ‘now’.

Investing in our capacity development work provides an opportunity for organisations to benefit from a tailored, comprehensive and structured programme of capacity development, integrating consultancy, peer support and participation at IFC Holland or IFC Asia.

For more information on the Emerge programme, contact Ajay Mehta.

Eleanor Blomstrom

“We are very grateful to Resource Alliance for the opportunity to engage on the Emerge programme and to also draw so much inspiration from the IFC. Thanks for being so supportive and available throughout the conference. It was an excellent opportunity to learn a lot, network and understand other organisations’ challenges and successes.”

Eleanor Blomstrom Executive Director, Women's Environment and Development Organisation, USA

“In addition to receiving great support through the Emerge programme, we appreciated having the opportunity to come to the IFC. We loved being at this amazing conference. It was inspirational and helpful to us.”

Mary Lusenge Executive Director, Fonds Pour Les Femmes Congolese, Democratic Republic of the Congo

“We benefited immensely from the Emerge programme. This has enabled us to set concrete targets and objectives, and we are engaged to follow up the strategy with concrete implementation. This will allow us to implement our three-year strategic framework”.

Alex Kamarotos Executive Director, Defence for Children International, Switzerland

“We found the Associate you provided us on the Emerge programme to be highly engaging and knowledgeable, and she was quickly able to get under the skin of our organisation to appreciate what we needed and how we could develop our fundraising strategy.”

Maria Alejandra Pavicich Coordinator of Institutional Development, Memoria Abierta, Argentina