Archive for the 'Scale-up' Category

Strategic International Outreach

Written on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 am

If your organization is expanding its international reach, taking time for doing the due diligence to explore and understand new environments is crucial. First steps to take include clearly articulating with your board and senior leadership why you want to engage with a particular country or region and what you are trying to accomplish.  Once the answer to these questions are clear, developing a criteria for identifying or determining if a particular area of the world is aligned with your goals is an important next step.

There is a range of steps you can take to conduct your due diligence …

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Going Global Takes Time

Written on August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

Going Global Takes Time – that was the theme of an American Society of Association Executives MasterClass on operating globally that I presented at last week.  80% of the group represented organizations operating internationally for more than five years, and 24% for more than 20 years, so there was a lot of experience in the room.  The group discussed some of their successes and challenges in increasing their international engagement.  The unifying theme was the need to look at long-term horizons and not rush the process.  Some of the specific topics discussed included:

Cultural sensitivity –  For organizations, there should …

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Learning Lessons from Implementation

Written on October 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

The Helping Babies Breathe  (HBB) program, launched as a global collaboration in 2010 had as its first partners the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Laerdal Medical Company of Norway,  the U.S. Agency for International Development’s  (USAID)  Newborn and Maternal Health program, Save the Children, and the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD).  It now encompasses numerous additional partners, working in over 80 countries.

Recently I visited three centers in Uganda (in the Kampala area) with staff from Save the Children –Uganda.  All three of these facilities are also testing the Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) which is being …

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Networking and Global Growth – Part #3

Written on March 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

This is the third in a series of posts on how new approaches to networking are affecting the ways in which organizations grow their global footprint and impact. This post focuses on how one organization, by staying flexible and using its networks, has found a new orientation to its overall strategies.

Restless Development was started in 1985. It was known for most of its existence by the name of Student Partnerships Worldwide, with a focus on young people from British schools volunteering to work full time in underserved schools, initially in Zimbabwe and India. Programs were subsequently started in Uganda …

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Networking and Global Impact – Part #2

Written on February 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

This is the second part of a series on how our changing approaches to networking are affecting how organizations grow globally. The first part of the series, providing the background context, can be found here.  This post focuses on two examples: Ushahidi and Dance for PD®.

Ushahidi

Ushahidi”, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name “Ushahidi” has come to represent the people behind the “Ushahidi Platform”.  Ushahidi was founded by five Kenyan bloggers who knew …

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