Workshop Track Key
This year we have tracks of workshops specifically designed for attendees in particular stages in their careers, or with specialized interests. Graduate students and younger professionals may be interested in the Young Professionals Summit. Executives may benefit from the high level leadership training and networking available through our CEO Track. In addition, there will be tracks of workshops for building leadership, humanitarian response, communications, the evolution of international assistance, and those interested in transparency and accountability. Attending one of these tailored tracks of workshops does not remove you from the Forum. Rather, it customizes your experience in an effort to maximize your engagement, learning and networking opportunities.
0 Young Professionals Summit/Track
The second day of the Forum, Thursday, June 12th, is host to InterAction’s Young Professionals Summit. The summit is a full day of speakers, workshops, and networking events tailored for professionals in the first half of their career. Participants will be introduced to cutting edge innovations in the sector, interact with NGO CEO’s, and be challenged as future leaders. The Young Professionals Summit is sponsored by Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services.
0 Effective Partnerships
Effective partnerships are important in any sector, and this track will discuss the NGO perspective on enhancing those partnerships. Focusing on sustainable development solutions, public private partnerships, volunteers and collaborating with universities and other institutions, participants will learn that effective partnerships are the key to success. Discussions will evolve around the topics of global health development, ending inequality and violence, international development programming, healthy communities and healthy ecosystems, maternal and child undernutrition, decent work for youth and increasing overall impact by working together.
0 Reflections on Humanitarian Action
The past year has been a landmark for humanitarian action with the declaration of four Level 3 emergencies, countless protracted situations, an estimated 70 million people in need of assistance and $15.6 billion in pending appeals. The world is witnessing record levels of human movement as a result of natural disasters and crisis. There are more refugees today than there have been in the past 15 years. How are we responding? How are we adapting to meet these needs? What are we doing or what can we do to prevent or mitigate crises? How are we engaging civil society, governments and the private sector to respond with greater efficiency and accountability? This workshop track will explore these questions and more.
0 Building Leadership and Adapting NGOs
In today’s dynamic world, business models are evolving and NGOs are constantly adapting to these changes. Enhancing knowledge skills and developing leaders are necessary topics of discussion for organizational progression. Throughout this track, participants will glean from other leaders, learning new tools to enhance meetings, new ways to advance digital skills and develop ways to effectively make decisions. Building skills in topics ranging from program delivery to advocacy, individuals from all fields will benefit from this track.
0 Communications and Outreach
The Communications Track is geared toward communications professionals at all levels. The workshops will explore the latest trends in communications and multimedia, and challenges facing organizations as they promote their work.
0 Transparency and Accountability
The wide-ranging workshops in the transparency and accountability track all have one thing in common: a concern with improving the accountability and effectiveness of international development and humanitarian relief efforts. The workshops in this track deal with issues such as the role of standards in improving effectiveness, the trend towards greater transparency of aid activities and their results, and mechanisms for improving accountability to those whom aid is intended to benefit.
0 Evolution of International Assistance
International assistance is evolving, and this track seeks to bridge divides and empower others to cultivate a positive evolutionary movement. Looking through a new lens at food aid reform, breaking conventional wisdom around youth and bridging development and humanitarian sectors, participants will gain enlightening perspectives that encourage positive results. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about USAID’s new local systems approach, building resilience, and tools for enhancing risk and program management.
0 CEO Track
This track of workshops is designed for the CEOs of InterAction's member organizations as an opportunity to network, exchange ideas on pressing international development issues, and participate in strategic thinking and capacity building exercises with their peers. The sessions in this track are closed to other attendees.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
0 Corruption and Development Aid: Understanding and Mitigating the “Cost of Doing Business” (Room 144A)
Corruption has always been a quietly recognized aspect of development aid programs, but, until recently, was seldom discussed openly. Today, donors consider it a central development issue. World Bank President Jim Kim called it “Public enemy number one.” This workshop will facilitate an open discussion focusing on the NGO/non-profit community’s awareness of corruption and the abuse and misuse of aid funds. We will look at potential ways to address the issues and develop strategies, including real life examples, that can help aid organizations limit the risk. Key questions for discussion include: What is corruption? What are the conditions under which it is most likely to take hold? How can we mitigate corruption risk and improve on our organizational integrity and resistance towards corruption? What steps can be taken to foster confidence in international aid funds not being subject to corruption?
Nancy Z. Boswell, American University Washington College of Law, former President & CEO, Transparency International USA
Gretchen Wagner, General Counsel, Save the Children
Anders Hjorth Agerskov, Integrity Vice Presidency, Lead Specialist and Head of the Preventive Services Unit, World Bank Group
Dustin A. Lewis, Senior Researcher, Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project
0 Youth: A New Generation of Development Actors (Room 144 B/C - InterAction Member CEOs Only)
This interactive “working” session will bring together CEOs with a new generation of development actors, featuring youth speakers involved with InterAction members’ programs. In small groups, the participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities for U.S. NGOs working with youth, as well as and the top priorities for the development and humanitarian sectors in the coming years. Today's young people are 1.8 billion strong and make up one quarter of the world's population. Connected through new technologies, youth are shaping social and economic development, challenging social norms and values, and will determine the success of the post-2015 development agenda. Young people are also putting their talents to use in the field of development to drive change--both at home and abroad. A growing number of international actors recognize that youth are critical development actors and have sought ways to partner with and integrate young people into their programs and leadership.
0 Gifts-In-Kind vs. Gifts Un-kind: Encouraging Effective Donations Through Social Media (Room 149A)
This interactive session focuses on social media tools and tactics that inform donors about NGO programs and encourages them to maximize their positive impacts on beneficiaries by giving appropriate, needed donations. Strengths of the most popular social media platforms will be discussed, followed by tips on strategy for informing and inspiring donors, along with instructions on how to access and use the platforms. This session will also touch on how to constructively say “no” to GIK not aligned with programs or demands in the field.
Juanita Rilling, Director, USAID Center for International Disaster Information
Dilafruz Khonikboyeva, Chief of Media Relations and Strategy, USAID CIDI
Heather Freitag, Online Communications Specialist, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Kellie Peake, Senior Program Associate, InterAction
0 Foreign Aid Reform: Can it Be Revived? Should it Be? (Room 149B)
Over 50 years later, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 has still yet to be significantly overhauled, despite enormous changes in the way the U.S. delivers aid and the reasons for doing it. Seven years ago, then-House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) made a valiant effort to begin a serious process of reforming the FAA but it stalled and has not made significant strides since Berman's departure in 2012. In this workshop, we will ask some tough questions about foreign aid reform efforts: why have they failed to progress in the past? Should they even be revived? If so, what elements could be most useful?
Beth Tritter, Managing Director, The Glover Park Group
Honorable Howard L. Berman, Senior Advisor Covington & Burling LLP (Retired Member of Congress)
Donald Steinberg, President/CEO, World Learning
Connie Veillette, Senior Fellow, Global Food Security & Aid Effectiveness, The Lugar Center & Co-Chair, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network
0 Ending Preventable Child Deaths? (Room 150A)
Come hear lessons learned from the roll out of A Promise Renewed - USAID’s initiative to end preventable child deaths - in the Democratic Republic of Congo and hear what is next for the movement in countries such as Malawi and Uganda. This workshop will include a vibrant discussion around what has worked, what still needs to be done and the ways civil society organizations can impact this initiative.
Martha Holley Newsome, MPH, Partnership Leader, Health and WASH, World Vision International
Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
Katherine Rogers, Executive Manager, Director’s Office, Program Division Coordinator, Secretariat for A Promise Renewed
0 Effective Local and Community Partners: A Perspective from the Global South (Room 150B)
Development aid: does it get to those for whom it is intended? Using real life examples from Ghana, and Northwest Africa, this workshop will discuss the relationship local customs and social structures play in diverting resources and programming toward “in groups” and away from intended recipients. These conditions will be made more transparent to participants, increasing the probability of assistance and programs reaching original and intended beneficiaries. Designing program features and partnership relationships that check, control, and minimize the ingrained "in-group" tendencies of nepotism will ensure the intended successes of many development programs.
Kofi "Nab" Hayford, CEO, Nana Ewusi VII Foundation
Honorable Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, President, Central Regional House of Chiefs of Ghana
John Coonrod, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project
Musu Clemens-Hope, Director of The Peace Through Development Project, International Relief and Development
0 The Ethics of Open Data: How Open is Too Open? (Room 151A)
The global push for open data, results reporting and increasing organizational transparency begs the question: "How open is too open?" Development actors routinely collect highly-personal and sensitive data on and from primary change agents; how is that data being used and how much of it should be shared? What are the needed protections, standards and policies that need to be in place to protect the identities, finances and communities of the people for whom we work? This lightening-round workshop brings experts from the tech, academic and NGO worlds together to discuss and help workshop attendees brainstorm key questions, existing and emerging best practices and possible solutions for protecting primary change agent data and privacy in the face increasingly open data requirements.
Linda Raftree, Co-Founder, Kurante
Kim Wilson, Faculty, Tufts University
Sean McDonald, CEO, Social Impact Lab
Sophie Romana, Deputy Director of Community Finance, Oxfam
0 Values-Based Management—Translating Personal and Organizational Values into Results (Room 151B)
This skills-building workshop will introduce various concepts of values-based management and leadership as developed by leading management thinkers. In a business that relies on self-motivation, commitment, integrity and trust, it is critical for NGO leaders to be able to internalize not only how their own values drive them, but how to translate them into clearer organizational values, daily actions and better results. Participants will engage in discussion and practical exercises to improve their focus, leadership and results, in addition to four principles of values-based leadership: self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence and genuine humility. Exercises will include practical applications based on organizational field experience of how to use these and other principles to manage and lead. Participants will learn strategies for how leaders and organizations go about defining their values, getting staff “on board” and staying consistent in implementing these values to improve outcomes.
Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Chief Operating Officer, NCBA CLUSA
Alex Serrano, Vice President of Program Development, NCBA CLUSA
0 Effective Leadership in Humanitarian Emergencies (Room 152A)
This workshop addresses the topic of leadership in humanitarian emergencies through two short presentations and a group discussion. The first presentation is based on research conducted by the ALNAP network. The research challenges our assumptions about what leadership is, and provides clear guidance to humanitarian organizations on how leadership can be improved. The second presentation considers leadership in the inter-agency context. Expectations of Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) as the leadership teams of the humanitarian community at field level have grown in recent years. But what does effective leadership of such a group look like - and what does it take to make it happen?
Joel Charny, Vice President, Humanitarian Policy and Practice, InterAction
Paul Knox Clarke, Head of Research and Communications, ALNAP
Claire Messina, Senior Coordinator, Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Unit, UNOCHA
This workshop will take the format of an interview/conversation with key information leaders in the NGO and private sectors. In the first part of the workshop, definitions of shared measurement and shared measurement systems will be offered, then the speakers will discuss why the non-profit sector is increasingly interested in these systems. Speakers will also discuss examples of the scope, deployment and support models of various shared measurement systems the non-profit community is using. In the second part of the workshop, each speaker will outline the key issues non-profits need to consider when moving forward with shared measurement systems. There will also be ample opportunity for the audience to engage in dialogue and ask questions.
Kerry Bruce, Senior Director for Global Health and Measurement, Pact
Herb Caudill, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, DevResults
Carol Bothwell, Chief Information Officer, Catholic Relief Services
0 Growing More than Food: How Empowered Civil Society and Resilient Local Systems Build Food Security (Room 159A/B)
After decades of declining support for farmers in developing countries, renewed U.S. leadership has sparked a global commitment to helping people feed themselves. One of the figures often used to justify these new investments is the U.N. FAO estimate that the world needs to increase food production 60% by 2050 to feed a growing population. Lasting global food security requires more than just gains in production - it requires empowered and mobilized farmer organizations, strong and resilient local systems and flourishing civil society leadership. Come hear from a panel of professionals engaged in local systems - focused on agriculture and food security programming. In addition to sharing key findings from projects and policy work, the presenters will provide an analysis of the approaches their organizations use and where they see new challenges and opportunities for the policymakers and practitioners alike.
Sue Schram, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, VEGA
Katie Campbell, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid
Abdallah Ben Mabrouk, Niger Country Director, Lutheran World Relief
Felix Bamezon, Senior Country Director- National Alliance Partnership Program, Alliance to End Hunger
THURSDAY, JUNE 12
0 Humanitarian Community Meeting (Room 152B)
Formerly the HPP Business meeting, InterAction’s humanitarian members will gather with UN and U.S. government partners and colleagues to discuss issues currently facing the community. Note: breakfast will be provided.
Joel Charny, Vice President of Humanitarian Policy & Practice, InterAction
John Ging, Director, Coordination and Response Division, OCHA
Jeremy Konyndyk, Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), USAID
Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State
0 Role of Post 2015 Partnerships for Development Impact (Room 144A)
This session will examine the role of key actors in advancing the post-2015 agenda for health and the importance of collaboration and partnership. It will specifically discuss the role of the private sector, civil society and country government. All of these actors, in addition to donor governments, will have a role to play in shaping the post-2015 health agenda and then implementing it.
Catharine Taylor, Vice President, Center for Health Services, Management Sciences for Health
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United States
Michael Klosson, Vice President, Public Policy, Save the Children
Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson
0 Enabling Corporate-NGO Philanthropy and Partnerships (Room 144 B/C - InterAction Member CEOs Only)
Sustainable, equitable solutions to poverty cannot be solved by any one particular sector alone. In recent years the idea of multi-stakeholder partnerships has gained a great deal of currency with funders, implementers, and other actors involved in poverty reduction initiatives. At all stages, partners must engage stakeholders with distinct core competencies that, when pooled add value to poverty focused efforts. Successful multi-stakeholder partnerships are distinguished by their ability to create a working partnership based on trust, mutual respect, open communication and a clear understanding of the unique value that each stakeholder contributes to solving problems. This session will explore best practices in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships, and the qualities in international NGOs that will make corporate-NGO philanthropy and partnerships possible.
Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA
Jessica Long, Lead, Donors & Emerging Governments, Accenture Development Partnerships
Daryl Brewster, Chief Executive Officer, CECP
Dr. Ahsiya Posner Mencin, Director, PULSE Volunteer Partnership, TL&OD Centre of Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline
This workshop will explore the international standards and rights for legally aged working youth under the age of 18. It will also explore the difference between hazardous work and safe work from which this age group can benefit from while making a contribution to their societies - especially in rural environments. It will address the youth bulge, unemployment and mitigating risk in labor practices for private sector companies' supply chains. The outcome will consist of a new understanding about how to put into practice guidelines for minimum age youth employment in private enterprises and on and off farm value chain.
Vicki Walker, Senior Program Officer/Lead Child Labor Prevention Portfolio, Winrock International
Kevin Willcutts, Deputy Director Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, U.S. Department of Labor
Laura Bermudez, Senior Program Officer, World Vision
Tracey Duffy, Funding Manager, Source Trust
0 Activists Can Make a Difference: Digging Out the Roots of Child Marriage (Room 149B)
This panel describes evolution in policy, practice and evidence for success in child marriage prevention programming globally, including the U.S. policy arena and in 3 countries in South Asia: India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Presenters from CARE (Doris Bartel) and AJWS (Jacqueline Hart) will share results from their recent child marriage situational analyses in South Asia including the root causes of child marriage and how it is viewed by communities themselves, what the implications are of the problem from lived experience, and possibilities for interventions in those three countries. CARE and AJWS will present prevention strategies given the current contexts in South Asia. To link the work in South Asia with the U.S. and global policy implications, Lyric Thompson from the Girls Not Brides Coalition-U.S. will reflect on the policy agendas and opportunities in the U.S. and global advocacy spaces, and offer insights for maximizing impact.
Meg Greene, Greeneworks
Jacqueline Hart, Vice President for Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation, American Jewish World Service
Doris Bartel, Senior Director for Gender and Empowerment, CARE
Lyric Thompson, International Center for Research on Women
0 The Good, The Bad and The Young: Mythbusting the Role of Young Professionals in International Development (Room 150A)
Mixed messages abound regarding the role of youth in international development. Time Magazine’s May cover read “The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents.” The article created major backlash, with one satirist recreating the cover with the title “The Indentured Generation: We trampled their rights, tanked the economy and trashed the planet for our benefit- but expect them to foot the bill.” Is our generation as lazy and apathetic as some view us, or are we inspired and proactive? How do changing demographics influence our role in future development? Key young leaders working on these issues will be invited to lend clarity to these challenging questions and potentially bust some myths on this topic. Panelists will conclude by strategizing collaboratively with the summit’s young professionals about what role we can hold in ushering in a new era of successful international development.
Sarah Sladen, Senior Manager for International Youth Development, InterAction
Bill Reese, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation
Alexandra Mitchell, President, Pathfinder Solutions
Maureen MacCarthy, Director of Client Engagement, Mission Critical Development
0 Partnerships for Healthy Communities and Healthy Ecosystems (Room 150B)
Bridging the gap between global health and biodiversity involves enhancing the relationship between healthy communities and healthy ecosystems. There has been recognition at the global level that the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and freshwater ecosystem conservation sectors should better align themselves to maximize synergies and minimize trade-offs. However, embedding change in key actors, at all levels, requires strong inter-sectoral cooperation to transform this concept into practical collaboration. This seminar will start with an interactive quiz to assess the audiences’ knowledge about WASH, freshwater ecosystems and examples of successful integration. Three speakers will then give mini-presentations of successful examples of how development and conservation organizations have forged successful multi-sectoral collaborations. These presenters will highlight case studies and tools for WASH and freshwater ecosystem conservation partnerships. Participants will then break into groups to brainstorm further strategies for multi-sectoral collaboration according to three themes of partnerships.
Natalie Bailey, Coordinator, Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group
Renuka Bery, Senior Program Manager, FHI 360
Linda Bruce, former Project Director, BALANCED Project
Colleen Sorto, Senior Manager, Peace and Development Partnerships, Conservation International
0 Agency Level Measurement: Lessons Learned So Far (Room 151A)
A group of INGOs who have been engaged in efforts around ‘agency level measurement systems’ have come together to share their experiences and identify common challenges and keys to success. Much has been learned and experienced in our industry over the years, and we feel the time is ripe to ensure this learning is shared beyond agency boundaries and informal networks. This workshop will allow us to understand better as an industry what ‘agency-level measurement’ looks like, and give us a more unified voice when exploring ‘impact,’ ‘aggregation,’ and ‘outcomes’ at an organizational level. Presenters will share collective findings that speak to the industry, and provide an interactive marketplace format for smaller groups to dig deeper into the systems and issues most relevant to individual participants.
Christie Getman, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Lutheran World Relief
Muluemebet Chekol, Senior Director, Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management, Save the Children
Barbara Willett, Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Mercy Corps
Hap Carr, Senior Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, Catholic Relief Services
0 Social Change Anytime Everywhere: Best Practices to Build a Multichannel Campaign Plan (Room 152A)
From your website to social media, email to mobile messages and online to offline, multichannel strategies require coordination and creative thinking across teams and departments, while maintaining a focus on the core work beyond any one specific call to action. In this session, we will show participants how to craft an online multichannel campaign plan to meet mission and campaign goals, and how other organizations are successfully integrating multichannel efforts into their work. This session provides highlights from the new book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community by Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward, and gives next steps to start creating real social change online and on the ground.
Allyson Kapin, Co-Founder, Rad Campaign
Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN
0 Hitting the Mark? A Discussion on USAID's New Local Systems Approach (Room 159A/B)
In October 2013, USAID released a consultation draft of its new approach for building relationships with local partners as part of the broader USAID Forward reform agenda. “Local Systems: A Framework for Supporting Sustained Development” recognizes that in many cases, building capacity and integrating voices of local actors into development strategies is the gateway to more sustainable results. This workshop will offer a background on USAID’s local systems approach and will assess what has been accomplished six months after its release. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to jointly share their own experiences with systems approaches and contribute to a development community assessment of what has been effective to date, and what could be improved in future iterations of the policy.
Kari Diener, Deputy Director for Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps
Larry Garber, Senior Advisor, USAID
U.S. Representative Adam Smith, (D-WA)
Evan Bloom, Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Innovation, Root Change
0 Breaking Conventional Wisdom Around Youth (Room 144A)
A number of pieces of conventional wisdom inform youth programs: “Idle minds are the devil’s playground”, “youth are unemployed because they don’t have the right skills”, etc. In this workshop, we will discuss the evidence related to these “theories”. Meghan Mahoney, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, will provide a review of evidence from education and labor market programs on what works and where there are still gaps in evidence for what works to improve youth education and economic outcomes. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps, will then present research from a multi-country study in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as evidence from Afghanistan, about when youth unemployment is correlated with political violence, and when it is not. Lastly, Rachel Blum, USAID, will provide insight from a donor perspective about how donors and policy makers are using this and other evidence in designing programming.
Rebecca Wolfe, Senior Youth and Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps
Meghan Mahoney, Policy Associate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Eric Johnson, Education Development Specialist, USAID
0 Effective Advocacy (Room 144B/C)
This workshop will provide an introduction to the best means and methods for influencing decision-makers. The speaker will utilize a case study to demonstrate the basic elements of an effective advocacy campaign; these include properly defining goals, analyzing power relationships and taking direct actions to influence outcomes. This session will conclude with time for questions and answers.
John Ruthrauff, Director of International Advocacy, InterAction
0 Monitoring and Evaluation 3.0 – The Evolution of Program Quality and Impact Measurement (Room 149A)
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is ready for a radical new way of doing things – moving away from complex, slow, intermittent and often expensive data collection controlled by “experts” to a more dynamic and democratic information generation, consumption, and utilization. The current practices in program evaluation and learning are based upon expert opinions, which should be replaced by participants’ direct assessments of interventions and external data monitoring for measuring outcomes. While it will take a while for M&E 3.0 to be fully realized, there are two emerging areas that are very promising: Real time data for management decisions and improvements using digital technology; and using “Big Data” to assess context changes, opinions, trends, and even outcomes measures. This panel will postulate what M&E 3.0 will involve, present examples of real time data systems for management and using big data for development, and will challenge us on “what next?”
Maliha Khan, Director, Learning Evaluation and Accountability, Oxfam
Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse
Madhu Deshmukh, CARE – mHealth Alliance/UN Foundation
0 Seeing is Believing (Room 149B)
This workshop will explore the effectiveness of taking Capitol Hill staff to see NGO projects 'in the field.' Discussion will center around the various methods used when planning these trips, the projects and conferences visited and the impact the trips have on individual staffers and their support for the work of NGOs.
Crystal Lander, Director, Policy and Advocacy, Management Sciences for Health
Matt Leffingwell, Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Kay Granger (R-TX)
John Ariale, Partner, Kyle House Group
0 No Seat at the Table?: The Impact of Local Hiring Trends on Young Professionals (Room 150A)
Increasingly, there is a trend in the field towards hiring local staff rather than ex-patriots to manage development projects on the ground. This session looks at formal and informal systems that influence hiring practices in international development. There will be a specific focus on these systems’ impact on young professionals and those trying to expand their field experience as organizations are encouraged to “hire local”. Additionally, potential long-term effects of this hiring shift will be considered. Panelists will be invited to discuss these changing demands in the field. They will highlight what opportunities are available for young professionals, what sectors are growing and what skills young professionals should hone to increase their ability to add the greatest value to the development world.
Yvonne Hubbard, Director of Recruitment, International Relief & Development
Adrianne Johnson, Senior Associate, Devex
Elizabeth Musar, Program Manager, InsideNGO
Elizabeth Norris, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition & Mobility, Save the Children
0 Leadership Skills You Want to Build: Effective Decision Making (Room 150B)
Have you ever wanted to pull your hair out when making a team decision? Ever had a hard time understanding someone else's decision making process and why they can't just follow your logic? This skills-building workshop teaches how to apply a simple decision-making model to leadership practice for more effective decision-making. Based on Jungian psychology and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator theory, the Z-model helps participants build awareness around the different ways people reach decisions. Through practice simulations and discussion, leaders will learn how to facilitate decision making in a way that leaves others feeling satisfied by the process and improves efficiency.
Alberto Andretta, Ed.D., Senior Technical Advisor, Knowledge Management and Learning, Catholic Relief Services
Anna Quirk, Ed.D., Principal, Fulcrum Consulting
0 How Can We Shift From Crisis Fighters to Systematic Risk Managers? Insights from the World Development Report 2014 (Room 151A)
In the face of social unrest, economic crises, crime and violence, and more frequent natural disasters, effective risk management by governments and communities has become increasingly essential. According to the "World Development Report 2014", adverse shocks – including health, weather shocks, economic crises and conflict – play a major role in pushing households below the poverty line and keeping them there. Recognizing that risk is inherent in the development process, the “World Development Report 2014” (WDR 2014) discusses how individuals, institutions and countries can stop being “crisis fighters” and become “proactive and systematic risk managers.” This workshop will discuss how the findings of the WDR 2014 – as well as the recent OCHA report, “Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow” – relate to the strategies of NGOs.
John Garrison, World Bank CSO program
Rasmus Heltberg, Core Team Member, World Development Report 2014 Risk and Opportunity, World Bank
Romano Lasker, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Ian R. O’Donnell, Senior Information Architect, Red Cross Red Crescent Global Disaster Preparedness Center
0 Model for the Future or Vestige of the Past?: Engaging the Cooperative Sector as an Effective Partner in Sustainable Development Solutions (Room 151B)
The cooperative sector is a worldwide movement with over 1 billion members in almost every sector of the economy. The top 300 cooperatives have an annual turnover of over $2 trillion dollars. In poor and rural economies, cooperatives are key to achieving scale and economic and social inclusion. Co-ops contribute to social and economic growth throughout the developed and developing world, but are often viewed as outdated, unwieldy businesses that are not a desirable model for today’s global economy. This interactive session will challenge these perceptions by exploring how co-op partnerships in three different sectors – agriculture, finance, and energy – are contributing to positive business and development outcomes. After receiving an overview, participants will break into three groups, each led by an expert in that sector to discuss pros, cons, and strategies to achieve outcomes through the cooperative business model. Participants will report on what they learned and how this knowledge will influence their work moving forward.
Paul Hazen, Executive Director, Overseas Cooperative Development Council
Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Chief Operating Officer, NCBA CLUSA
Saul Wolf, Product and Program Manager, World Council of Credit Unions
Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association
0 Building a New Narrative for Development: What does the public really think and how can we broaden support and engagement? (Room 152A)
Get a sneak preview of a major new effort, facilitated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with many InterAction members, designed to help us improve and coordinate our communications and advocacy around development and aid. Learn the latest findings based on in-depth research, focus groups and polling on public attitudes around development and overseas development assistance. InterAction and the Gates Foundation will reveal what research tells us about how to communicate most effectively using clear, compelling and consistent messages to engage our supporters, convince skeptics and respond to critics. This work is critical to help shape a positive post-2015 global discussion and outcome.
Dianne Sherman, Vice President of Communications, InterAction
Tom Black, Communications Officer, Brands and Insight, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Wendy Christian, Associate Vice President, Media and Communications, Save the Children
Candid and informal exchange on policy, leadership and trends that are shaping our community and the role of InterAction. During this session, where any topic is welcome, InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington and Executive Vice President Lindsay Coates will explore collective solutions to our common concerns, share lessons learned during the last year and examine the priorities guiding InterAction's future course.
Sam Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction
Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President, InterAction
0 The Future of International Food Aid Assistance: Implementing Food Aid Reform (Room 144A)
Major changes have taken place over the last year in the laws governing how the U.S. government delivers international food aid. These changes create new opportunities for more flexibility to deliver quality programming and products. Learn from experts about how these changes and new efficiencies will work in the field and what next steps are needed to continue to improve the efficiency of these important programs.
Dina Esposito, Director, USAID Office of Food for Peace
Brian Kriz, Director, Food Security & Livelihoods, Save the Children
Penny Anderson, Director, Food, Health and Nutrition, Mercy Corps
Paul Musser, Vice President of Public Private Partnerships, MasterCard
0 Strategic Partnerships: Getting the Most from NGO-University Collaboration (Room 144B/C)
NGO collaboration with universities and other research institutions as a form of cross-sector engagement is expanding. Donors are putting greater emphasis on the benefits of science and technology, re-engaging with universities as labs for innovation. NGOs are now expected to generate evidence of program impact through more rigorous methods. Donors are also demanding that research products and innovations be taken to scale nationally and even internationally, with development outcomes that have transformative effects on the lives of people. Many synergies can be gained through NGO-University research partnerships. In spite of the potential benefits, challenges abound in the form of differing objectives, expectations, timeframes, communication styles and funding streams. Developing strategic partnerships and a shared value proposition beyond the one-off, project based collaboration can help to overcome these challenges. Working out the details of collaboration well in advance of a specific funding opportunity can help all partners to get the most from it.
David Leege, Director of University Engagement and Research, Catholic Relief Services
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
Michael Sweikar, Managing Director, Initiative for Global Development, University of Notre Dame
Jon Kurtz, Director for Research and Learning, Mercy Corps
0 Life of a Humanitarian Settlement: From Relief to Permanence (Room 149A)
Disasters permanently alter the contexts in which they take place. They accelerate urbanization, especially through the establishment of new informal settlements; refugee, IDP and relief camps; and increased density through host family arrangements. Could large scale settlements that emerge post-disaster be seen as an urban form rather than a temporary settlement or camp? Informal settlements might accelerate urbanization of an existing city, or relocation sites may create a new magnetic urban-like center (instant city). Every action and political decision moves towards a longer-term life of “the humanitarian settlement,” and impacts access to services, security and quality of life. This workshop will explore these situations and delve deeper into how we – as members of the humanitarian and development fields – can better plan for post-disaster humanitarian settlements. Could we, for example, see ourselves more as urban-planners-on-fast-forward, rather than relief workers, constructively reshaping relief delivery to unexpected urban renewal and recovery?
Anya Brickman Raredon, Global Associate, Affordable Housing Institute
David Smith, CEO, The Affordable Housing Institute
Charles A. Setchell, Senior Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor, USAID/OFDA
Seki Hirano, Senior Technical Advisor Shelter and Settlements, Catholic Relief Services
0 Delivering Greater Transparency and Accountability Through a Partnership Approach to Enterprise Systems Development and Deployment (Room 149B)
Participants will be taken on a journey of a multi-agency approach to developing, implementing and supporting a supply chain solution for field operations in difficult and complex environments. Several large INGOs will briefly provide an overview of their respective projects and how these have led to more transparency and accountability within their organizations, as well as better management of in-kind donations. In addition, perspectives will be shared about how collaboration with other organizations has impacted the work of each organization. The workshop hosts will guide the participants through a simulation which will highlight how transparency enables greater accountability, as it relates to not only operations, but the organizations as a whole - and how success breeds success.
Tracy Tumlin Allardice, Senior Project Lead, CARE
Nicole S. Balliette, Commodity and Supply Chain Management Director, Catholic Relief Services
Carmen DeSocio, Supply Chain Management - Project Manager, Save the Children
0 Beyond the Forum – Be a Part of the Change for Young Professionals in Our Community (Room 150A)
This synthesis session will allow participants in the Young Professionals Summit to review what was discussed throughout the day. The session will focus on how each participant can use skills learned to advance in their careers within the field of international development.
Anna Titulaer, Manager, Partnership & Program Development, International Youth Foundation
Andrew Maguire, Program Associate, Exchange and Training Unit, World Learning
Alex Peterson, Advancement Associate, International Relief and Development
0 Advancing Leadership for the Social Sector: Responding to Organizational and Sectoral Demands (Room 150B)
This workshop is a collaborative learning effort among Mercy Corps, ChildFund International and the SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning. The workshop will be an opportunity to learn and debate about leadership development needs of the social sector and concrete ways to address those needs. It will provide an opportunity to critically examine emerging approaches to effective leadership in the social sector. The workshop will focus on leadership approaches being used and developed at Mercy Corps and ChildFund International respectively to strengthen organizational leadership. In addition, we expect to engage with our participants and gather their views in order to develop a collective sense of leadership development challenges and possibilities for social sector organizations.
Aqeel Tirmizi, Professor of Management, SIT Graduate Institute
Dannette Hill, Vice President, Global Human Resources, ChildFund
Jess Carl, Human Resources Director, Mercy Corps
0 Re-Imagining Leadership: Putting the Next Generation at the Forefront (Room 151A)
Although the phrases "mainstreaming youth" and "youth as a cross-cutting theme" are frequently heard, many organizations still find it challenging to move beyond simply talking. It is time for organizations to figure out how to provide a meaningful space for the next generation of leaders in their work, and this workshop seeks to address these challenges. By providing an interactive space, this workshop will enable participants to learn about what makes great leadership and the importance of incorporating entrepreneurial leadership skills in their organizations Additionally, participants will discover successful approaches to next generation leadership development and practice identifying leadership challenges, generating creative solutions with the use of shared processes.
Jessica Elisberg, Program Manager, International Youth Foundation
Ashok Regmi, Director - Social Innovation, International Youth Foundation
Steven Gray, Director - Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Public Affairs, Laureate Education
Holly Wise, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
0 Why Are Most Organizations' Blogs So Bad? (Room 151B)
When it comes to producing web content, how do NGOs compete with adorable cat videos; especially when staff are already strapped for time, fundraising inhibits risk-taking, and immediate returns on investment are hard to come by? Both Jennifer Lentfer and Oscar Abello have significant experience in increasing blogs’ readership, having led efforts to institutionalize blogging within organizations’ policy and program work. They will discuss how to avoid the common pitfalls of organizational blogs, how to avoid diluting authors' voices or perspectives with "institutional voice" and make blogs more readable and interesting. They will also discuss how blogging relates to thought leadership and "old media" communications strategies. Participants will explore developing blog purpose and content strategy, blogger guidelines and expectations, and content production options. Key elements and metrics of successful blogging will be presented and small groups will read and analyze examples of blog posts based on these criteria.
Jennifer Lentfer, Senior Writer, Oxfam America
Oscar Abello, Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist
0 Mechanisms and Motivations – Engaging Communities in Feedback Processes (Room 152A)
This workshop will present evidence-informed guidance on establishing and implementing effective feedback mechanisms in humanitarian/relief programs. Lessons will be drawn from case studies and practical experience of agencies that have different feedback practices. The audience will learn about the current evidence from a recent study on what motivates citizens or aid recipients to provide feedback (or not). Participants will discuss the implications for how feedback and accountability systems are designed, framed and implemented. An additional focus on feedback utilization for program modification and decision-making and related institutional incentives and barriers will feature concrete examples from agencies that have adapted programs using feedback data along with other evidence. The lessons and guidance featured in this session are relevant to humanitarian program managers, accountability officers, M&E specialists, technical advisors and researchers, as well as senior management in humanitarian/relief focused programs.
Sheree Bennett, Research and Evaluation Advisor, International Rescue Committee
Dayna Brown, Listening Program Director, CDA Collaborative Learning
Dan Nielson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Economy and Development Lab, Brigham Young University; Chief Social Scientist, AidData Center for Development Policy
Lupathe Nyathi, Accountability, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, World Vision Sudan
0 Partnerships for Ending Gender Inequality and Violence: Lessons in Engaging Men and Boys (Room 152B)
The workshop is intended to share promising practices that have emerged in working alongside partners, including civil society, government and research institutes, to explore ways of engaging men and boys to transform inequitable gender relations and end violence in households and communities. The workshop will include case studies from Ecuador, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka, and outline approaches for engaging men and boys in challenging and transforming gender dynamics through partnerships. Participants will learn how changes in children’s experiences of violence and abuse in the home and school lead to positive educational, social and emotional development outcomes for children, and how each organization approached partnerships to support these outcomes.
Velina Petrova, ChildFund
Ruti Levtov, Promundo
Alisa Phillips, World Vision
Jenny Hobbs, Concern
0 Annual Members Meeting (Room 159 A/B - InterAction Member CEOs Only)
InterAction member CEOs or formally authorized designees are invited to join InterAction's Annual Members Meeting. The meeting will introduce members to issues under consideration by the Board of Directors, including the election of new Board members, and offer a dialogue with InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington and with members of different committees of the Board. Quorum is required.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
0 Gender and the Data Revolution: What's Next? (Room 144A)
The high-level panel report on the post-2015 Development Agenda included a call for a “data revolution." This panel will explore the implications for monitoring and evaluation and gender. This will be a conversation around successes and challenges for gathering and analyzing gender disaggregated data – not just collecting it, but how best to interpret the data and use it to improve programming. There will be an honest discussion around what has worked and what has not, how donor policies and funding influence data collection on gender, and what the implications are for the post-2015 Development Agenda.
Elise Young, Vice President of Policy, Women Thrive Worldwide
Shaida Badiee, Co Founder and Managing Director, Open Data Watch
Carla Koppell, Chief Strategy Officer, USAID
Judithe Registre, Program Director for Because I am a Girl, Plan International
0 The Future of U.S. Foreign Assistance (Room 144 B/C - InterAction Member CEOs Only)
This off-the-record dialogue with leading U.S. government policymakers will give InterAction member CEOs the chance to hear and discuss perspectives on the future of U.S. development efforts and how the field of international relief and development will be transformed in the coming decades. Will we have worked ourselves out of a job? How will USAID’s role change? How must the U.S. NGO community evolve in a multi-stakeholder environment?
Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council
Marie Lichtenberg, Director of International Partnerships, Humana People to People and Planet Aid
Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. State Department
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting Director, Peace Corps
Dana Hyde, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation
0 Gadgets and Gizmos: The Use of Technology in Humanitarian Assessments (Room 149A)
This workshop will explore the use of data collection and analysis tools in humanitarian assessments. It will consist of a panel discussion focused on exploring the existing and emerging technologies in data collection, mapping and analysis, while also discussing the challenges and ethical issues associated with using these tools. The workshop will end by identifying emerging technologies that are coming on line and how the lessons learned from existing technologies can contribute to the effective development of these tools.
Patrick Vinck, Director of the Program for Vulnerable Populations, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dale Kunce, Senior Geospatial Engineer, American Red Cross
Manuel Fiol, Senior Imagery Analyst, UNOSAT
Vincent Annoni, REACH Global Coordinator, Impact Initiatives
0 Is Rising Inequality a Development Problem? (Room 149B)
For decades, economic growth has monopolized the development debate. The assumption has been that economic growth trickles down to the poor. However, high or growing levels of inequality reduce the impact of economic growth on poverty reduction. Some countries neglect to invest their new wealth in social services and rural development, and poverty traps remain entrenched. At the same time, crony elites use their influence to capture the new wealth. The UN (“leave no one behind”), the World Bank (“shared prosperity”), and the IMF (“redistribution is good for growth”) talk about inequality as a development challenge. Civil society organizations have yet to work out what it means for them. Addressing inequality will require new thinking, new programs, and new advocacy approaches. This panel will look at whether inequality is the new development challenge and what it means for development NGOs.
Paul O'Brien, Vice President, Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Paul Divakar, General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
Sanjeev Gupta, Acting Director, Fiscal Affairs, International Monetary Fund
Nora O'Connell, Associate Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Save The Children
0 The Shrinking Space for Civil Society: What Does it Mean for Development and Humanitarian Programming? (Room 150A)
This workshop will discuss the ways in which the enabling environment or “space” for civil society is shrinking around the world, including in Canada and the U.S., in terms of basic civil and political rights, legal and policy space, meaningful engagement with governments, and access to funding. What are the implications of this for our work at home and in our development and humanitarian programming overseas? What happened at the last High Level Meeting in Mexico in April to move this agenda forward? Where do we still need to go to open up this space as we look to 2015, with its new set of sustainable development goals and a new global partnership that is inclusive of all development actors?
Fraser Reilly-King, Policy Analyst, Canadian Council for International Co-Operation
Nilda Bullain, Vice-President for Operations, International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law
Steven Pierce, Special Coordinator for Development Effectiveness, USAID
Nerea Craviotto, Lead Advocacy Coordinator, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
0 Private Sector Partnerships & International Development Volunteers (Room 150B)
Learn to push the boundaries of international development by exploring new partnerships and integrating expert volunteers into development programming. This skills-building workshop, based around interactive discussion in activity break-out groups will help participants design development programs that capitalize on the partnership resources of venture capital and expert volunteers. It will identify needs and areas of shared vision, as well as potential areas of conflicting priorities and potential solutions of the various project stakeholders. The workshop will also include a Q&A session with context experts, as well as discussion on "next steps" for interested participants to continue the conversation beyond the Forum.
Michael Deal, Executive Director and CEO, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
Bob Webster, former COO, Grass Roots Business Fund
Amanda MacArthur, Vice President, Pyxera Global
0 Not Another Boring Meeting: Tools for Including and Unleashing Everyone (Room 151A)
In this highly immersive workshop, participants will learn new meeting structures, called liberating structures, that quickly and easily foster lively participation in groups of any size. Liberating structures create a safe place for everyone to participate and unleash innovation. These structures are being used all over the world, in NGO field programs, hospitals, universities and corporate settings. Workshop participants will engage in some liberating structures to reflect on their own work while learning more about what they are, how they work and how they could be used. Participants will leave emboldened to begin using them immediately for better results.
Henri Lipmanowicz, Co-Developer, Liberating Structures
Marie Lindquist, Director of Field Service Education, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
0 Creating the International NGO of the Future: What are Industry Leaders Doing? (Room 151B)
International NGOs (INGOs) stand at a critical juncture. Although they have a unique and important role to play in addressing critical global challenges, many are not living up to their full potential. In a recent report, “Ahead of the Curve”, sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, FSG highlights a number of operational changes INGOs need to make in order to accelerate and deepen their impact. What tools are leading INGOs using to make strategic choices about what – and what not – to focus on? How can evaluation systems be used to not only generate donor reports, but also to serve as true learning platforms that inform programmatic direction? How are INGOs innovating with new organizational design to take advantage of big disruptions affecting the field? Senior leaders from three leading INGOs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Population Services International (PSI) and Mercy Corps – will share their perspectives on these questions on this panel.
Adeeb Mahmud, Director, FSG
Annemarie Reilly, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Development, Catholic Relief Services
Amy Ratcliffe, Senior Technical Advisor, Metrics, Population Services International
William Farrell, Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Mercy Corps
0 Can Independent Verification Contribute to Humanitarian Effectiveness? (Room 152A)
This event will create space to share learning from on-going certification initiatives in the humanitarian sector at the national and international levels. Speakers and participants will share their experience and propose avenues they believe will best suit the needs of humanitarian actors. The event will address the rationale and incentive of certification, its potential role in monitoring effectiveness and impact, and the harmonization of current standards. We will examine whether certification provides a verification model that would support quality, learning and improvement while being credible, independent and affordable. During the event, interactive sessions will address key questions related to the above themes. The outcome of the learning event will contribute to further work in determining the most appropriate verification model for the humanitarian sector.
Kate Halff, Executive Secretary, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR)
Teresita Ang See, Vice-Chair, PCNC and Founding President and Executive Trustee, Kaisa Heritage Foundation
Pierre Hauselmann, Head Certification, HAP
Barbara Wallace, Vice President Membership and Standards, InterAction
0 The Kids Are Not Alright: Accountability to Adolescent Girls and Boys Before, During and After Conflict (Room 152B)
For boys and girls, adolescence brings starkly different roles and risks, expectations and pressures. Local gender norms shape adolescents’ realities before conflict, alter their experience during conflict and impact a conflict’s long-lasting effects on individuals. Boys generally face risks that compromise their well-being and the safety of others. Girls more often lack the resources, skills and networks to cope with crisis and are at greater risk of experiencing sexual- and gender-based violence. Global efforts to support this next generation of peacekeepers, leaders, fathers and mothers must account for gender differences during adolescence. This interactive workshop will draw upon applied research and field experience to outline opportunities for and challenges to a more holistic, inclusive approach that accounts for adolescent boys’ and girls’ needs, risks and capacities. It will convene both humanitarian and development actors, whose work in conflict-affected countries shape policy and programming for adolescent girls and boys (10-19).
Anita Malley, Team Leader for Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement, USAID
Alexa Hassink, Communications Officer and Program Associate, Promundo
Omar J. Robles, Sr. Program Officer, Women's Refugee Commission
Agut Odalla, Patterson High School, Valedictorian
0 Making Aid Data Count: Users and Uses of Open Aid Data (Room 159A/B)
Donors who receive high marks for transparency also want to ensure better aid data is fed back into producing better development outcomes. If better aid transparency is supposed to lead to better development, how is aid data actually being used to bring this about? Who is using the information that donors and other aid data suppliers are publishing to the IATI registry? How are local actors using aid data to push for accountability for the use of aid funds? Is the aid data currently available actually useful for this purpose? These questions and more will be brought to light, giving participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue around open aid data.
Gregory Elias Adams, Director of Aid Effectiveness, Oxfam America
Semkae Kilonzo, Coordinator, Policy Forum (Tanzania)
Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Managing Director of Development Policy, Millennium Challenge Corporation
0 0 Civil-Military Coordination After Typhoon Haiyan: What worked? What didn't? (Room 144A)
This workshop will feature a candid discussion exploring lessons learned from the civil military coordination perspective following Typhoon Haiyan. The discussion will include representatives from OCHA, U.S. Pacific Command and NGOs who responded to the disaster.
Joel Charny, Vice President Humanitarian Policy & Practice, InterAction
Mike Marx, Senior Civil-Military Coordination Advisor, OCHA
Major Darryn Gray, J7 Training, 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, Canadian Armed Forces
Colonel John Armellino, USMC, III Marine Expeditionary Force,U.S. Marine Corps Forces Japan
0 Knowing Your Value, Proving Your Worth (CEOs Only-Room 144 B/C)
Organizations face increasing pressure to show impact. In an environment in which the role of INGOs is being questioned, the ability to demonstrate your organization is making a difference is critical. But how? In this session, we will address questions such as: How can a CEO use evaluation and research to strengthen an organization’s position as a thought and practice leader and capture organizational effectiveness? What can CEOs do to make M&E and learning part of an organization’s DNA, and how can it support fundraising, branding and other organizational priorities without compromising quality? What will all this cost and how will it be paid for? And what are the consequences of not being able to demonstrate effectiveness?
Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President, InterAction
Donald Steinberg, President & CEO, World Learning
Jeannie Annan, Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee
0 Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN) – Using Our Collective Voice to Accelerate Progress (Room 149A)
The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Civil Society Network (SUN CSN) comprises national and international organizations working in various sectors important for nutrition, including health, agriculture, education and community development. Members of relevant civil society groups include health professionals, farmers, fisher folk, human rights defenders, women’s groups, humanitarian and aid assistance agencies, research entities, consumer groups, trade unions and many others. The workshop will provide an overview of global nutrition efforts and of the SUN Civil Society Network. It will highlight civil society efforts underway at the global level and at the country level to raise awareness about the impact of undernutrition on development, to increase attention and resources for nutrition and to deliver nutrition programming to communities most in need.
Dr. Claire Blanchard, SUN Civil Society Network Coordinator
Dr. Victoria Quinn, Senior Vice President, Helen Keller International (SUN CSO Network Steering Group member)
Asma Lateef, Director, Bread for the World Institute, (SUN CSO Network Steering Group member)
Jennifer Rigg, Director of Policy & Partnerships, 1,000 Days
Barbara Wallace, Vice President of Membership and Standards, InterAction
Nan Dale, CEO, Action Against Hunger, Member of InterAction Membership and Standards Committee
Andrew Bhattacharya, International Operations Manager, American Red Cross
Karen Heinicke-Motsch, Director, International Programs, CBM US
0 Climate Adaptation Finance – Building Policies and Practices that Enable Vulnerable Men and Women to Be Heard (Room 150A)
Have you ever thought to yourself, "If it was up to me I would..."? Here's your chance to share your ideas! Emerging institutions like the Green Climate Fund are meant to channel large amounts of funding. At the same time, adaptation needs are highly location specific. How do we deal with these realities? This workshop will engage participants in a discussion of practices, policies and institutions that can more effectively address the realities of climate change and build people’s resilience. Together we will identify good practices that have the potential to increase the effectiveness of adaptation finance and make it more transparent and accountable - especially to the men and women most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.
Annaka Peterson Carvalho, Senior Program Officer, Oxfam
Pieter Terpstra, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
0 Education as a Vehicle: Bridging Development and Humanitarian Responses (Room 150B)
Participants, through presentations and interactions, will come away from this workshop with new ways of thinking about the factors that constitute development in contrast to emergency, and the role education can play in bridging the humanitarian-development divide across contexts. It is hoped that participants from the humanitarian and development communities will start the process of developing innovative solutions and ways of working together to ensure the provision of education in all circumstances.
Kerstin Tebbe, Deputy Director, INEE
Sarah Bouchie, Vice President Program Development, ChildFund
Rachel McKinney, Director of Education in Emergencies, Save the Children
Jennifer Sklar, Senior Technical Advisor Education, IRC
0 Listening to Local Partners: Using Feedback to Drive Quality Improvement (Room 151A)
This workshop will examine general feedback from local partners on how they rate their INGO partners' performances, based on the 2013 data set compiled through the Development Partnerships Survey by 3000 Local Partners of 62 INGOs, administered by Keystone Accountability. Three participating INGOs (ChildFund, Save the Children and IRC) will present how they are responding to their partners' feedback to drive organizational change and enhance partnering relationships. In break out groups, we will explore how INGOs and donors can be more responsive to local partners, and how this can improve capacity, program delivery, and impact.
Kai Hopkins, Senior Consultant, Keystone Accountability
Jason Schwartzman, Director of Program Assessment and Learning, ChildFund
Wendy Guyot, Senior Advisor for Partnership Strategy, IRC
Patrick Crump, Associate VP for Program Quality and Impact, Save the Children
0 0 Prioritizing Reproductive Health and Rights in the Humanitarian/Development Continuum: Preliminary Findings from the IAWG Global Evaluation of Reproductive Health in Crises (Room 151B)
A decade since the last Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG) review of reproductive health (RH) in crises in 2004, there are clear gaps in the evidence to inform programmers and policy makers. In order to better guide field services and agency activities, the IAWG led an updated field review to identify services, quantify progress, document gaps, and determine future directions for programs, advocacy, and funding priorities. Workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of: the current commitment to, scope, coverage, quality and use of RH services by populations affected by humanitarian crises; the progress made since the last IAWG global evaluation in 2004; continued gaps requiring attention and improvement; and recommendations for the way forward.
Sarah Frank, Coordinator for the Inter-Agency Working Group on RH in Crises
Mihoko Tanabe, Senior Reproductive Health Program Officer, Women's Refugee Commission
Erin Wheeler, Program Officer at RAISE Initiative, Columbia University
0 Leveraging Private Sector Partnerships for Increased Impact (Room 152A)
There is growing momentum and pressure for traditional development partners to work together across sector lines, particularly with the private sector. This panel discussion will target members of the NGO, private sector, and other communities interested in learning firsthand what works and what doesn't when actors from different sectors try to work together. This workshop will include representatives with expertise in implementing or supporting innovative cross-sector partnerships addressing global health issues in resource poor settings in the Global South. An increasing amount of attention is paid to encouraging and creating public-private partnerships, however the challenges and payoff from these partnerships is sparsely documented. What has been the impact? What has not worked? Where do we go from here? This panel will explore how successful public-private partnerships are able to find common language and shared priorities in order to successfully address critical health issues in the Global South.
Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director, Global Health Council
Claudia Vondrasek, JHU/CCP, Global Malaria Program
Dr. Doyin Oluwole, Executive Director, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Meghan Majorowski, Director of Global Health, FSG
Many virtual or digital NGOs have sprung up in the last ten years and become significant players in civil society, both in the US and globally. Avaaz, Change.org, ONE, Ushahidi and MoveOn.org are examples. They rally citizens to initiate and support campaigns and petitions, serve as watchdog agencies and facilitate bottom-up citizen fundraising, among others. They have shaken up the traditional ‘intermediation’ function of development and campaigning NGOs. At the same time, many ‘traditional’ NGOs have moved into digital operations in areas such as fundraising, membership development and campaigning. Especially in the campaigning field, NGOs have found that with the younger generations of supporters they have to ‘let go’ of traditional modes of campaigning. To what extent are digital NGOs different from traditional NGOs? How do their organizations and leaders compare and contrast with those of other NGOs? How is virtual campaigning different? These are some of the questions addressed in this workshop.
Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken,Transnational NGO Initiative
Jeff Davidoff, Chief Marketing Officer, ONE
Mike Jones, Senior Campaigns Director, Change.org
Dave Karpf, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University (author of book on Moveon.org and upcoming books on Change.org and Avaaz)
The workshop is designed for nonprofit decision makers and NGO staff who manage and/or oversee their organization’s web and marketing/communications strategy. This session is geared towards professionals who would be interested in learning more about the upcoming launch of new top-level domains like .NGO and others, and how changes in the Internet landscape and the use of new technologies will impact the way they do fundraising, partnering, branding and marketing. Lastly, it will look at how these changes can help raise awareness for their causes.
Andrew Mack, Principal, AMGlobal Consulting
David Vyorst, ISOC DC Chapter and Co-Founder, Relay Station Digital Strategies
Corey Griffin, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at Peace Corps, formerly with Microsoft
Alan Robbins, Partner & Global Head of Membership & Alliances, Devex