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Three Myths about Passion that are Keeping you Stuck

Submitted by Stacy Campesi, CPC, ELI-MP, SLC Coaching.

As a leadership coach, "passion" is a word I hear often in my conversations with clients. It shows up in in all sorts of ways, but most often sounds something like, “I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and I need someone to help me find my passion." After working with dozens of young professionals in the non-profit world, I've found that there are three big myths that keep them from feeling fulfilled and happy in their careers.

So, What Does It All Add Up To?

Submitted by Carlisle Levine, Sherine Jayawickrama, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken.

International NGOs have well-established practices for measuring results at the project and program level. But how to measure results at an agency level across numerous countries, sectors and projects? What does it all add up to? Are there meaningful, cost-effective ways to tell?

Think small: What is the future for small NGOs?

Submitted by Bill Abrams, president of Trickle Up

In December 2013, I attended an InterAction CEO Retreat presentation on a study by consulting firm FSG called “Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future.”  It was an interesting, thoughtful study but, frankly, I was annoyed.  Its sole focus was big NGOs; all of the consultants’ interviews were with representatives of the 50 largest U.S. NGOs.

The Coming Revolution in Development

The prospects for a majority of people in the developing world have radically altered over the last 25 years. Never before has so much changed for so many. Average income doubled and female illiteracy declined by 50%. Six billion people gained access to cellphones and the percent of people living in extreme poverty dropped below 10% for the first time in recorded history.

NCBA CLUSA embraces InterAction’s NGO Aid Map

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) was one of the first organizations to join InterAction’s Global NGO Aid Map when it launched in June 2014. Compiling information for the initial batch upload of project profiles was a lengthy process that required a lot of coordination amongst NCBA CLUSA’s program management team and consultation with InterAction’s Mapping team, but once this first wave of projects made it to the map, it was smooth sailing from then on.

A New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests, and align our investments to be more impactful? These questions arise frequently for my colleagues and me at Bernard van Leer Foundation. As the range of actors investing in early childhood development (ECD) in East Africa grows, so does the challenge of understanding who is investing in what, and where. 

Women and bicycles - the solution for those left behind in the wake of the Mediterranean human tsunami

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.” – Susan B. Anthony

When Things Go Sideways…

In 2012 Plan was awarded a large grant to improve government delivery of basic services in a war-ravaged region in Africa.  Plan, although one of the world’s oldest international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) operating in 72 countries and with a large diversified funding base – mostly from individuals donating via almost two dozen countries – was not built for managing large institutional government grants.

Built for the dying - Now it’s bringing new life

How one Ebola treatment center underwent a dramatic change of purpose

Sam Holder led us up a narrow bush path towards John Logan Town, a small city deep in the forests of Grand Bassa County in northern Liberia. It took two hours driving to get here from the main road, along a deeply rutted and often flooded dirt track. Eventually the water was too deep for even a Land Cruiser to get through and the only passage was on foot, using slippery logs to cross the swollen streams.

We're Not Done Yet: The Road to Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Less than a decade ago, HIV positive women like Martha Cameron from Kitwe, Zambia, had little hope of having healthy children. Today, Martha and others like her are not only staying healthy, but also having healthy babies.

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