Fishbone Save the Children was facing several challenges in developing improved and more efficient system support for their 200 staff members who work for the rights of children around the world. Precio Fishbone became an important resource and has developed a system that supports the important processes that handle a grant's entire path through the organization: from application to results.
Save the Children is an organization independent of religious and political affiliations that protects children's rights. Work is based on the UN convention stipulating that all people are of equal value but that children have special rights. Save the Children works worldwide to support all children's rights to education, protection from violence and assault, proper diet and healthcare, and to have their voices heard.
For Save the Children it is very important to be able to perform correct follow-ups to ensure that all funds reach the intended recipients and that they are used effectively. Administration of grants follows strict and complex regulations, and as administrative support, Save the Children Sweden uses a program and grant management system.
A system just as simple as it is powerful
When it was time to develop improved and more efficient system support for its 200 staff members around the world, there were many challenges. It had to be both simple and powerful, and essential for the solution was the system's capability to function in countries and environments where broadband connections were lacking. Considering Save the Children's global structure, it is necessary to be able to collaborate in one and the same system despite many of the users only having access to slow and unreliable connections.
Understanding of operations an important success factor
Precio Fishbone became an important resource in the project. We have carried out and had responsibility for development of the new system. Precio has worked with Save the Children for many years and knowledge of the organization and understanding of its processes have been important success factors in the project. Moreover, Precio Fishbone has extensive experience of building similar solutions based on SharePoint, where we combine utilization of existing functionality with new tailored adaptations.
Simple and intuitive
The system was first used in western Africa and later in other parts of Africa, as well as in Latin America and Asia. Save the Children was very satisfied. As early as during training, the users quickly gained an understanding of the system and were able to independently use the functions, which shows how intuitive and simple the system is.
Save the Children describes the project as a success. The requested functionality was delivered on time, according to plan and within budget. “We succeeded in creating a system that fully supports the important processes that handle a grant's path through the organization, from application to results,” says Lotta Nordström, who is no longer with the organization but was the project manager during implementation. “This is one of the most successful projects I have ever been a part of.”