Profile of Faculty Director & Lead Facilitator
Josephine Ogazi (M.Sc., Ph.D.) has over 16 years’ experience in writing winning proposals to access and attract global funding from International donors such as USAID, EU and numerous private donors. She has conducted training specifically on proposal writing for over 200 local NGOs all across Nigeria since the year 2000.
Fondly called “Madam Write and Win” by her kindred, Josephine Ogazi is the founder and CEO of MS4A has a passion for ‘helping the helpless’. She has in-depth hands-on experience in new business development with particularly strong expertise in competitive proposal writing which she has used to help local organizations and her own organization access over $40 million worth of grants from USAID.
In August 2013 she wrote a 100-page technical proposal and 100 cost proposals in response to USAID Nigeria Request for Application for the Local Partners Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (LOPIN). Her proposal writing skills won an $11,049,990 for 5 years. Her organization was one of the first local organizations to win a large grant direct from USAID. This puts her in the position to mentor other organizations to write proposals and access funding from international donors.
Josephine’s skills are highly relevant to developing the capacity of staff of Churches, Businesses, Governments, Schools and Universities to be able to attract large global funds from International donors to support: (i) research and development, or (ii) businesses to set up an NGO arm to support your Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) efforts to give back to the communities, clients and people that support your business; or (iii) churches to set a separate NGO entities to access global funds to help the overwhelming welfare needs of your poor members and rural poor communities where they work.
She is currently the Founder of a local NGO based in Nigeria called Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE). In July 2014, using these proposal writing skills, WEWE attracted an $11,049,990 award for a 5-year cooperative agreement with USAID Nigeria mission to implement a USAID-funded Local Partners Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (LOPIN) Region 2 (Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Imo and Rivers States in Nigeria).
Josephine is also passionate about empowering local NGOs to be able to attract large global funding for Africa. Currently, a lot of global funding is eluding African countries and is being diverted to Asia and Europe or being returned to the donor countries, because of limited competitive proposal writing skills and weak and poorly structured NGOs in Africa.
Some of Josephine’s experience at a Glance
Josephine Ogazi has conducted several workshops on proposal writing for NGOs a number which is listed below
November 15 – 17, 2016: 3-days training workshop on grant and proposal writing for 22 Local Actors in Northeast Borno State, funded by Mercy Corps
November 1, 2016: 1-day training workshop on proposal writing for selected Universities in Nigeria for FAVTOMA Global Resources Limited in collaboration with National University Commission and Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria.
March 11 – 13, 2014: Three 3-day training workshop on proposal writing for 29 participants for Staff of Oxfam International, in Oxfam Nigeria Office
Sept. 25-30, 2009: Training workshop on proposal writing for 30 CSOs to respond to call for proposal and develop a strategic plan for resource mobilization and fund raising to sustain their organization’s activities: Support to Reforming Institutions Programme (SRIP), Calabar, Cross River State.
Sept 12- 25, 2009: Drafting a full training manual on ‘Concept note and proposal writing for CSOs in Nigeria to respond to European Union/Commission call for proposals (CfP) guidelines.
Sept 12 – 20, 2009: Training Workshop on proposal writing for 30 CSOs to respond to a call for proposals for the 9th European Development Fund, European Commission, SRIP, Anambra.
December 20 – 24, 2002: Training Workshop on proposal writing for 25 CSOs to write winning proposal to access USAID funds.