Capacity development, learning, change, poverty/power/progress
Over the weekend, I followed a tweet to test your role in a community of practice. It comes just at the right time, when I am preparing to facilitate an online community for the first time in my life. I…Continue
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
In order to build authentic relationships with grassroots organizations, these qualities,…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 24, 2012 at 5:44 — No Comments
Most development workers know that development depends on people's own initiatives. Yet, that is easier said then done. How do you then help people to develop? It's a profession! That's why SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, an international NGO, is investing in professional development of its advisors.
You guessed it! Project management is discovering more and more uses of the power of the ever present cellphones. Like the internet, cellphones reached the remote rural areas much faster than refrigerators, TV, radio and even electricity did.
Now, cellphones are used in Monitoring and Evaluations…Continue
Added by Edcanela on February 5, 2012 at 10:26 — No Comments
The international organisation I am working with at the moment has been succesfully supporting the government with multi-stakeholder sector development. All donors and international technical assistance providers, including the organisation I'm consulting with, have agreed to align within one national program. International consultants have just arrived in the country for step two in the design of a multi-donor supported program.
Yesterday I discovered that the national government…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on January 10, 2012 at 18:01 — No Comments
2011 was the year in which I discovered what social media can do for me. I’m intrigued by how using social media changes me, or rather changes the way in which I work and connect professionally. For the Dutch course I am following on social media and…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on January 7, 2012 at 19:50 — No Comments
There was a week in november that really added to my collection for "Beads". I was getting ready for a big…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on December 21, 2011 at 11:10 — No Comments
Last Friday we were out with a group of work-friends to celebrate two weeks of excellent teamwork. Monica, the communications officer, and I had send a tweet into the world to summarize the main insights gained, or rather confirmed in the context of Nepal, and linked it to my earlier blog on the issue…
Added by Lucia Nass on November 21, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments
Ever since I ended my latest fulltime contract in April I have thrown myself into the virtual world. It's amazing what you can do and learn these days from the comforts of your chair. Behind every space I discover, there is a wealth of other hidden spaces. It is so inspiring.
One of the permanent treasures in my google reader (see below) are the TED Talks: videos of under 18 minutes where passionate doers and thinkers give the…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on November 11, 2011 at 11:10 — No Comments
Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 8, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments
Imagine this: you are working in your office and the boss comes in with a stranger, someone who is obviously not from your country or culture and says “This is Some Unusual Name and he/she is going to teach you how to do your job. Make sure you do as you’re told.” How would you feel?
Sound familiar? I’ll bet it does – because if you’re in international development, chances are that has happened - except that you were the stranger from another country with the unusual…Continue
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 humility always leaves you with much to be mulled over and much to be integrated into your work and life.
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 25, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments
The title slogan is not mine, but I remember reading in some of the partnership literature that ‘collaboration is not a marriage’. You don’t have to love each other. The whole point of collaboration is that each party has something unique to achieve and needs the other to do it. Of course it does help if the parties like each other. In case collaboration is expected to achieve better results, how can we realize more likability among organizations, especially when they have potentially…Continue
Added by Lucia Nass on October 21, 2011 at 8:09 — No Comments
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'It's not the biggest, the brightest, or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest'. Charles Darwin
In June I joined a guided reading of the Barefoot Guide 2: learning practices in organizations and social change. (Download this and other Barefoot resources from here). When I saw the announcement of this initiative I immediately jumped at it. Since last April I am freelancing again,…
It was fun to watch the reactions of the participants. They discovered that most capacity development initiatives in project management deal with the planning process and the resulting plan. It is as if the project goals have already been achieved as soon as the plan is submitted.
An informal survey of…Continue
I was reading Ian Thorpe's latest blogpost on Open data - experience needed. Insightful as usual, weighing the pro's and cons of the fact that more and more development data are being made available publicly.…Continue
Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society response to the needs of vulnerable people in the developing world.
Donors can support organizations even at the beginning stages of organizational development with an intent to leave groups stronger than when they first entered into partnership. Different types of capacity building activities such as exchange visits and mentoring relationships between…Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 3, 2011 at 22:33 — No Comments