Engaging Internationally

The Grand Challenge: Saving Lives through Collaboration

July 20, 2011

Although I generally don’t like Contests, they do exist, and sometimes participation is important.

Earlier this year a partnership of the Gates Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID and the World Bank launched a Grand Challenge “To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, [by …


Reflecting on being a ‘changemaker’

July 5, 2011

At the end of June I had the good fortune to be among a team of facilitators from different countries helping with the Ashoka Changemakers Week in France.  I facilitated sessions on scaling up, attended the plenaries and a workshop on social impact, and had numerous conversations with people doing exciting work from around the …


Increasing International Dialogue and Engagement

June 27, 2011

What does it take to have more effective international dialogue? Incorporate diverse and marginalized voices?  Communication to be effective needs to be two way [See “Words that Communicate“].  Even in one language and homogeneous cultures we are not always successful in having dialogue in which everyone listens and makes an effort to understand, as much


Impact without Boundaries

June 8, 2011

As we’ve been working to bring about significant social change, alleviate poverty, and face other challenges over the past few decades, we’ve separated ourselves into silos.  We refer to:

  1. Non-governmental organizations or NGOs (also called by a whole host of other names),
  2. International development  practitioners (aid providers, not beneficiaries who have only recently been ‘asked

Trends in the international NGO (INGO) world

May 31, 2011

I often write about a spectrum of international engagement as illustrated here –  from organizations that just ‘dabble’ in the international arena to organizations that operate globally.  I try to touch upon issues that organizations deal with and lessons that can be learned at those different stages.  This blog post focuses on organizations at the …