Archive for the 'Partnerships' Category

Creating Effective Partnerships: Ownership and sustainability at the local level

Written on April 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is a guest post by Meg Mall,  International Development Consultant for Goodwill Industries International

In my various roles with Goodwill Industries International over the past 10 years, I’ve supported and led Goodwill’s international growth and have also played a leadership role in other international associations, such as Workability Americas/Workability International. Those of us working in the international development field all face different challenges based on our mission statements, structure and governance, etc. but I have learned that we all must address issues related to funding, sustainability and how to create and measure impact.

I have been doing a lot …


The Boundary of Age

Written on February 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

This is a guest post by Kate Otto of  Everyday Ambassador.  My guest post on the same theme can be found on EA’s site here.

My name is Kate Otto, and I manage a website called “Everyday Ambassador”, where we discuss the dynamics of crossing boundaries of geography, culture, and socio-economic status in our efforts to make the world a better place.

When I recently met Bonnie, and we bonded over how many goals we have in common, I realized a boundary I so rarely cross on my site:

 What about the boundary of age?

So often, my generation sets …


We’re All in this Together

Written on January 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

Reading and thinking about Oxfam America’s new aid campaign and some of the reactions to it, made me think about the title of a song my kids used to listen to years ago “We’re All in this Together”.   As the greater community of “we” try to figure out what Smart Aid or Disruptive Development  or whatever we want to call it is, and how we transform from where we are to where we want to go, it’s a giant puzzle, with many moving and interconnected parts,  and we need to be listening to and talking to each other.  Is some …


What’s the recipe?

Written on November 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

I’ve been reading a lot of things and heard a number of conversations recently that seem to imply that “If you just use this new innovation or tool, or have this kind of leader, or follow our recipe for success…”  But it’s not any one (or even two) new things.  It’s asking questions and brainstorming with the group, and having a vision, and learning from others,  and finding new partners, and innovating, and trying out these new ideas, and having a plan, and evaluating, and admitting failure, and adapting your ideas, and lots of communication, and most of all its …


Blog Action Day: The Power of WE

Written on October 15, 2012 at 8:15 am


The theme of this year’s Blog Action Day is “The Power of WE –  a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world…”  I’ve written a lot over the past few years about collaborative activities that I’ve been involved in.  So for my Blog Action Day blog I thought I would highlight some of these and what makes them so special:

Helping Babies Breathe:  A wide variety of stakeholders who put in countless hours around the world, working though communication, cultural and other challenges of global work, to help bring babies safely in to …