Empowerment for small NGOs and change agents – YOU are leading healthy development in our communities and environments!
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A 5-point plan for Financial, Organisational and Institutional Sustainability for projects and people.
• Interviewing & counselling • Handling information • Improving English • Organising training & managing activities
The project cycle consists of four stages: 1) assessment and planning, 2) implementation and monitoring, 3) evaluation, and 4) adaptation. Each stage has its own characteristics and requires specific knowledge and skills.
Healthy finances are 'mission-critical' for NGOs – the important questions and resources that will help you.
It may be the right time for your NGO to start looking at the people it employs in an organised way. Perhaps your NGO needs to develop a Human Resources policy. What issues do you need to consider?
Are you following the principles of good administration?
• Building and sustaining an effective Board • The boss • Conflict resolution • Gender
• Problem-Solving with a SWOT • Making a Strategic Plan • Implementing, Monitoring & Evaluating
A 7-point plan for aligning your vision with your mission, strategies and goals.
Links to resources for finding the money and training in financial management.
A facilitated group is the most powerful way to bring about behaviour change in its members. Such groups tend to be informal and develop their own norms and rules. They can meet for extended periods.
Many of the issues that 'development', 'environmental', 'social justice' and 'human rights' groups work on – these are often one and the same.
Poverty is a cross-cutting issue. NGOs may address it via 'development', 'environmental', 'social justice' and 'human rights' approaches.
“Rights without power are meaningless” is a statement that needs thinking about in the context of children.
Are you working with children who have been through catastrophic events – wars, the effects of HIV/AIDS? Here are some effective resources:
What kind of minorities exist where you are? They may be racial, religious or cultural minorities. Or minorities of the disabled, the elderly, homosexuals.
People working in development are finding that two questions are increasingly important. These are: who is included? And, who is left out?
Your organisation has an impact on the environment. How can you make it better?
To translate words into deeds and be the change we want to see, Networklearning has started its own environmental project. It is located almost literally in our back-yard – on unused land bordering the foundation’s registered address in Schoorl, North Holland. So we are able to keep a good eye on developments!
Some guidance for NGOs…
Reports are important management tools for influencing future actions. Through reports, information can be shared and consequently lessons learned.
However, good report writing is not easy and it is very time consuming. In addition, if a report is not easy to read, it probably will not be read at all.
In these guidelines attention is paid to report writing in general and, in particular, to the Project Progress Report.
You have started your NGO and now want to move to another level, to improve your work. How do you do this – and what does Networklearning have to offer?
'Permaculture' combines the ideas of permanent agriculture and permanent culture.
Fair Trade is a small but growing movement that offers a progressive alternative to the conventional model of trade.
Food sovereignty refers to the right to produce food on one's own territory. The protection of local biodiversity is key to building natural resistance to turbulent climates and market forces.
The world has a limited amount of land available for growing food. And the available land has increasing demands put on it.
Is you NGO looking for funding? Have you been – or will you be – sending out emails requesting money? Stop for a moment and consider how you do it.
Are you working in the field of Early Childhood Development? Or in a related field – health, education, nutrition? Child Development is important for us all because the future of every country is bound up with the quality of its future adults. We need them to be as healthy as possible, as bright and hard-working and productive as possible.
National and international consultants are used for evaluations of projects and most have a thorough knowledge of their own specialism. Increasingly, though, projects have training components that also need assessing, even though the consultant is not really a trainer. This paper assumes that s/he is not very knowledgeable and could use a few suggestions.