All Blog Posts Tagged 'capacity' (53)

Atlas Corps Featured in GOOD - Educating Next Generation of Leaders

Atlas Corps Founder and CEO, Scott Beale, shares his thoughts in a recent GOOD article,

 

"Educating the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders."

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Added by Atlas Service Corps on August 7, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Friday’s Poetic Pause: “Paper Over People”

Once in a while someone will say something to you that perfectly encapsulates what you’ve been trying to convey, only in a more concise, elegant or articulate way. @Semhar Araia, founder of the Diaspora African Women’s Network did that for me in a conversation recently, and her brilliant summary has stayed with me over the last few weeks, resulting in this poem last night.

I dedicate it to her and the…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 11, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why I support isolated aid workers across the globe and so should you!

Rich countries delivered $3.2 trillion of aid to poor countries between 1960 and 2008 (World Bank, 2011). Yet only 36% of aid workers think projects achieve their intended impact (McKinsey & Devex, 2011).

Aid recipients agree, calling for a change in aid’s business model—from that of delivery of goods and…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 10, 2012 at 10:54pm — No Comments

The Case of the Missing Tomato Cages

I've often said that it was easier for me to move to rural Zimbabwe than to Detroit. When people ask me why this farm-girl-turned-aid-worker devoted myself to placing community-driven development initiatives at the forefront of aid, here’s why:…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 7, 2012 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Does international aid need a 12-step program?

“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous. And after the last week or so, I’m wondering if it’s time for international aid to adopt the same approach to recovery (with more politically correct secular references of course).

Last week I attended the “Summit for Aid Effectiveness in Global…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 5, 2012 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Learn More - Global Service: Benefits, Opportunities & You!

What do Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, UN Foundation, Ashoka, Special Olympics, Techno Serve, and the U.S. Peace Corps have in common? They all have Atlas Corps Fellows volunteering at their organizations! Join Atlas Corps staff and Fellows in person or on a call to learn how your organization can join this dynamic group.…

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Added by Atlas Service Corps on May 3, 2012 at 9:48am — No Comments

“With the available resources we had…”

Understanding the organizational dynamics of local, indigenous, community-based groups directly serving vulnerable families is vastly different from the project-based, accountability-by-paper world of the aid industry. While those in the aid system may acknowledge local groups’ resourcefulness in mobilizing local resources, their language and cultural competencies, and responsiveness to communities’ needs, there are challenges in working with local groups that many organizations are not up…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Designing and Evaluating Capacity Development Interventions

Capacity development seems to be all the rage these days. Many donors require capacity development to be built into any project they fund; this includes USAID’s own Conflict Management and Mitigation office. The popularity of capacity development is further evidenced by the shifting semantics surrounding the terminology itself: we’ve moved from ‘capacity building’ to ‘capacity development’ in order to avoid the implication that no capacity existed to begin with (i.e.,…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 2, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations

Re-posting this series from the early days of how-matters.org

Adapted from: The Barefoot Collective. (2009). The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change. Cape Town: Community Development Resource Association. www.barefootguide.org

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In order to build authentic relationships with grassroots…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

On Love & Justice: A Valentine's Day Reflection

We don’t talk about our hearts nearly enough in international aid and philanthropy. But this Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to do so. Our hearts draw us to this work, and if we keep them open enough, they are what tie us to this work when the frustrations and obstacles seem insurmountable.

A community leader and member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Friday’s Poetic Pause: “Capacity Gap”

I wrote this in a moment of frustration, when it was clear to me that the capacity that needed to be built was not with local partners, but with upper management.

Are you building your capacity to prepare for what Dennis Whittle, co-founder of GlobalGiving.org, terms the pending “democratization of aid"?  It's time for the ability and penchant to work with organizations of any size or type…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 27, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Has aid lost its humanity?

When Mette Müller, founder of Best Self Experience, shared the following comment on my blog, I knew I wanted to invite her to share her story:

“The grassroots [organizations] that I have worked with have been excellent in seeing development as a process rather than a large checkbox... but many aid workers (sorry sorry sorry for the generalisation) seem to misunderstand this, and project their own ambitions and understanding of…
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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 23, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Poverty here, poverty there

150 million people in the United States are perennially poor, newly poor, or near poor. That’s right, the latest Census figures show that half of America is officially poor. In this so-called economic powerhouse of a…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 16, 2012 at 1:14pm — 3 Comments

12 to watch in 2012

I know, I know. I’m supposedly on a self-declared shut-down, but I couldn’t resist sharing my top 12 people, trends, sites, and organizations to watch in 2012!!

In no particular order...

  1. @InnovateAfrica – About to unleash the philanthropic and intellectual capital of the African Diaspora for collective social investment on the continent!
  2. Re-Action – A private-sector…
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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 3, 2012 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

Letting the snark flow

Does snark among aid bloggers go too far? Do aid workers just need and deserve to let off steam? Or does the language we use matter, because it either closes down or opens up dialogue, especially with our partners?

I’m not sure, frankly. (See some others illustrate the points here and…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 27, 2011 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

Mentoring Among Local Organizations—Here’s How!

Following on the interest in my posts on exchange visits between local organizations and oral reporting, here’s another set of guidelines on mentoring relationships for your use and adaptation.

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Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 8, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Local Realities, Local Adaptation

Tanya Cothran writes about how an idea, some information sharing, and a little bit of money can go a long way at the local level when people are behind an initiative. In addition to providing small community-focused grants to build economic security in Africa, Spirit in Action (SIA) also focuses on knowledge sharing. Tanya, who is the Executive Administrator of SIA, shares her reflections following…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

UNDP Capacity Development is looking for a Practice Manager (P5)

Since I was asked to share this vacancy widely, please have a look:

Job advert: http://unjoblist.org/vacancy/?258777

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The group manager works under the supervision of the director of the Capacity Development Group, with reference for a number of tasks to the…

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Added by Sebastian Rottmair (UN Job List) on October 27, 2011 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Real Impact with Saeed Wame

I always walk away from a conversation with Saeed Wame, founder and director of Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) of Malawi, with a new understanding. Whether he be blowing my concept of “capacity” wide open, or offering a completely new definition of volunteer, Saeed is the sort of community leader whose wisdom and…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 25, 2011 at 7:58am — No Comments

How would you measure the strength of a partnership?

Building on how-matters.org’s earlier posts, “How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations” (part 1, part 2, part…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 20, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

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