Three Reasons to Use Innovative Finance, and three Reasons to Avoid It

Free money is the best kind. But is there such a thing? For NGOs, the closest is grant funding from donors. It may take days, months or years to acquire, but you don’t need to return it once you’ve spent it.

Three reasons to be excited about the potential of the Net Promoter Score for the nonprofit sector

Every 90 days, I get an email in my inbox with the subject line “Continuous Improvement.” In the email, I’m asked how likely I would be to recommend my gym to my friends and family on a 0-10 scale with the option to comment about why I gave my particular score. It only takes me about ten seconds to answer this question, and I quickly see my feedback integrated into how the gym operates.  

Let’s Take Empowerment to Scale

At the upcoming Forum, we will join with Catholic Relief Services and the Alliance to End Hunger to host a workshop to create a Campaign for Community-led Development.

Why is this campaign needed now? I’m convinced that this is the highest-leverage action we (as civil society) can take within the global effort to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 in the Post-2015 era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here are 10 reasons:

Three things to consider before posting your resume online

Will a CV get more attention if posted to a wide range of job boards, or is less more when it comes to online posting? Our members increasingly ask this question as both general and niche job boards –  including in international development – have cropped up around the world, spurred in part by more accessible and affordable website building tools.

Five Ways I Think Like a Millennial (Sort of)

My 22 year-old son is a member of the Millennial Generation and is, at first glance, a completely different creature than I was at his age: I wore shoulder pads; he wears ear buds. I tuned the radio; he streams songs online. I searched for a phone booth to call a friend; he reaches into his pocket and sends a text.  

But as it turns out, we’re not so different. I am – basically – a Millennial myself. Bill Gates told me so.

Why We Exist and How We Can Evolve

Effective development is ultimately local. It is driven by market economics, the private sector, and shaped by effective governance institutions, namely host governments. If this is true, our goal as international nonprofits working across borders is to “work ourselves out of a job.” Does this make sense? It does not for three reasons.

Wealth, Violence, and a Changing Development Landscape

The world is talking about new broader and deeper goals to eliminate extreme poverty and decrease inequality. Middle income countries such as Brazil and India have increasing wealth and capacity to uplift the poor. Simultaneously, governments in conflict-ridden and war-torn states are struggling or simply unable to provide basic services for their people. What is the evolving role of international NGOs in the Brazils and Indias of the world? What is the role of international NGOs in areas with weak and fragile states?

Message of Hope from Kathmandu

Finally, came back to my workstation after few stressful days. The earthquake last Saturday drained everyone to the core. I spent three nights under the open sky with my family and community, and we were constantly hit by strong aftershocks.

It was hard to believe that this had happened – that we had lost our centuries-old heritage, our identity. I was crying with my family as memories of us roaming around the old city came flashing back. However, as hard it was living in that trauma of 72 hours, it made me realize how everyone who survived that disaster was given a chance.

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