Lean Management for NGOs/Donors

"LEAN" Tag Cloud Globe (quality process improvement efficiency)A large number of enterprises in different industry sectors in many countries utilize Lean Management principles to achieve operational excellence, to streamline processes and create innovation. Yet one sector – not-for-profit organizations serving a humanitarian need – has not yet benefited from wide exposure to Lean Management principles and practice.

Just imagine the difference Lean Management thinking can make in these organizations. Imagine the waste being transformed into value. Imagine Lean Management thinking and practice spreading beyond the organization to implementing partners and community organizations. Imagine the difference this can make to the cost and quality of delivery per beneficiary.

Management Development Institute – MDi Pakistan – is hosting a 3 hour seminar on the topic: Lean Management for Donors/NGOs on Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 in Islamabad. All the Donors/NGOs – large and small, local and international – are welcome to attend.

This seminar will provide an introduction to Lean Management principles and will suggest areas where Donors/NGOs can start to utilize Lean Management thinking immediately. The seminar is free and is open to leaders, program managers, project managers, logistics managers, finance managers, HR managers and other key managers working for Donors/NGOs and development sector agencies.

Seminar participants will learn through hands-on exercises and discussions how they can practically apply Lean Management thinking within their organizations for better value to both beneficiaries and donors. The topics covered will include:


  • Lean Management philosophy, principles and tools
  • Brief introduction to the tools with examples
  • Implementation of the above to improve decision-making and optimizing service delivery
  • Value Stream Maps: visual processes to segregate value-added and non-value added activities
  • Selecting problem areas for improvement
  • Identifying root causes of problems and problem resolution
  • The Improvement cycle – DMAIC and its key elements
  • Q&A session
  • Supplementary reading resources.