What difference does Norwegian aid make?
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What difference does Norwegian aid make?

A new report from ITAD, in association with the Chr. Michelsen Institute, commissioned by the Evaluation Department at Norad, has generated a lot of discussion. The report asks “Can we demonstrate the difference that Norwegian aid makes to the lives of poor people in developing countries?” and concludes that no, it’s not possible to effectively measure this change.  Read … Continue reading

Non-Profit Organizations – Think Business Model Before You Sink
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Non-Profit Organizations – Think Business Model Before You Sink

By Charles Lusthaus and Mariane Arsenault About a year ago, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) asked Universalia to help them explore alternative ways of thinking about resource mobilization for think tanks in developing countries. In recent years, resource mobilization has become a huge challenge for non-profit research institutions, as funding has decreased while competition … Continue reading

Organizational Assessment Tool for Social Movements
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Organizational Assessment Tool for Social Movements

RoadMap, a consultancy firm based in the United States, has developed an organizational assessment tool for social movements – the My Healthy Organization (MHO) Social Service Assessment Tool -, tailored for non-profits focused on social change and social services. Recognizing that current assessment tools may be less user-friendly or easily applicable to organizations specialized in … Continue reading

Applicability of business models to not-for-profit organizations
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Applicability of business models to not-for-profit organizations

Universalia has been working on a research paper meant to understand whether or not the “business model” concept is applicable to not-for-profit organizations, and more particularly to research institutions in developing countries. Can we apply private sector knowledge and terminology to not-for-profit organizations? If so, how can this knowledge be used to ensure that these organizations remain … Continue reading

Short-term consultancy for the 2013 MOPAN Common Approach
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Short-term consultancy for the 2013 MOPAN Common Approach

Universalia, a Canadian-based consulting firm, is looking for local consultants to support the implementation of a survey for the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) between mid-February and April 2013. The consultants must reside in one of the following countries: Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Thailand, or Vietnam. MOPAN is a network of 17 … Continue reading

E-learning course
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E-learning course

For those of you who are you interested in emerging practices in development evaluation, My M&E is offering a free e-learning course during the Spring of 2013. In fact, two members from our team, Charles Lusthaus and Katrina Rojas, are presenting one of the course modules on organizational assessment. Registration for the course is already … Continue reading