Activity 1.1 B
Assess strengths and weaknesses
There are two potential exercises included in this activity to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation as a whole, and in particular parts of your organisation.
‘SWOT’ enables you to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats at the organisational level. Process mapping allows you to look at a particular part of what your organisation does, in order to understand weaknesses and potential areas for improvement.
Things to consider
- If you are carrying this out at the national level in a country which is disaster prone, the SWOT will look very different for your organisation depending on where you are in the disaster management cycle. For example, you may have significant funding (strength) in the response phase, but have limited skilled staff (weakness), whereas in the reconstruction phase, you may see funding sources starting to dry up, which is a threat.
- For the Process Mapping exercise, ensure that you have representatives of all your users, and wherever possible include members of the crisis-affected population.
- If you are working with both staff members and affected communities, be aware of the power dynamics and how they might influence opinions that are voiced.