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Past Sessions

U.S. NGOs including many InterAction member organizations manage the delicate balance between critiquing the practices and behaviors of select companies while at the same time increasingly focusing on cultivating deep partnerships in order to generate inclusive growth in areas such as health, education, food security and agriculture, empowerment of women, technological innovation, and most importantly job creation. Private companies and U.S. NGOs operating around the world are exploring partnerships that create shared value and differ from purely philanthropic conversations.

Started in fall 2014, InterAction's Leadership Development Series offers NGO executives a unique opportunity to explore and develop viable strategies to bridge the gap between developing markets and creating a more balanced, sustainable and stable world for future generations. Below is a collection of summaries from previous Leadership Development offerings.


Innovative Finance for Development — October 2015 & New dates in 2016 to be announced soon 

This intensive training, held at InterAction's DC office, covered the evolution of Innovative Financing for Development (IFfD) and through case studies, practicums, and face-to-face coaching by Dalberg, CEOs and C-Suite attendees gained sharp skills to start new financing partnerships and programs that meet the requirements of both investors and implementers.  “Innovative Finance for Development”  included two separate full-day sessions, each with two intensive modules of in-person training. Each full-day session allowed participants to explore in-depth what to look for in potential private sector partners, the changes needed in their own business standards to make partnership work, and how to make the right pitch for their organization. 

Topics included:

  • Taxonomy & Mechanisms: What – exactly – is IFfD? What kinds of instruments are being created and employed, and by whom?

  • How Tos & Exercises: Which instruments are right for your INGO? Where can we find IFfD partners and funders? What are the best ways to structure and present a particular financing opportunity?

  • Drill-Down Case Studies with the opportunity for one-on-one consulting with Dalberg experts.

Making Partnerships Work — November 2014 & March 2015

The objective of this intensive program was to explore in-depth new approaches to partnering with the private sector, the changes that need to be introduced in NGO practice to facilitate stronger partnerships, and how to make the right ‘pitch’ to different private sector partners. The program included two separate full-day sessions, each with two intensive modules of in-person training. Each full-day session allowed participants to explore in-depth what to look for in potential private sector partners, the changes needed in their own business standards to make partnership work, and how to make the right pitch for their organization.

Learning Objectives

By the end of “Making Partnerships Work,” attendees were able to:

  • Understand how partnerships between international NGOs and the private sector have evolved.

  • Develop self-assessment tools for partnership readiness, and

  • Develop a compelling pitch to kick-start an effective relationship with corporate partners.