How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Blog Edition (Part I)
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How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Blog Edition (Part I)

We have reached a turning point in history in which major changes are dramatically transforming the way the world is operating. To what extent is organizational influence playing a role in this? Last year, I had been invited to speak to a group of students and faculty members at Claremont University. When I was introduced … Continue reading

Capacity Building: Jared Raynor calls for a renewed conversation on the topic
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Capacity Building: Jared Raynor calls for a renewed conversation on the topic

Jared Raynor (@jraynor1) recently published an interesting post on “The Return of Capacity Building” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  In this thoughtful piece he reflects on how capacity-building remains a cornerstone in the social science sector. Jared argues: Capacity building—the process of building the systems, structures, and skills organizations need to succeed—is getting left behind, … Continue reading

What’s in a name?  Defining your organization’s ‘Value for Money’
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What’s in a name? Defining your organization’s ‘Value for Money’

By: Elisabetta Micaro Value for Money (VfM) is becoming the new credo of aid development and the new rule of the game. Yet the international development community is still struggling with proposed definitions of VfM. Donors are putting more and more pressure on organizations to show how and to what extent they deliver VfM. However, … Continue reading

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Towards a Gender-Responsive Institutional and Organizational Assessment Model

By Emmanuel Trépanier  Understanding how organizations function and operate is fundamental because organizations link with every aspects of our world. Development agencies, in particular, ought to be able to understand and improve their performance (and that of the in-country partner organizations they support) if they are to deliver development assistance in an efficient way. The … Continue reading

Babies, Bosses and Pay Raises: Gender Bias in Organizational Culture
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Babies, Bosses and Pay Raises: Gender Bias in Organizational Culture

By Emmanuel Trépanier It is often assumed that progressive social and institutional policies that support gender equality in the work place can single-handedly level the playing field for women and men. New parents are an interesting object of analysis to test this assumption. In a New York Times article titled The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood … Continue reading

The Secret to Effective Communications
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The Secret to Effective Communications

Today’s blog post comes to us courtesy of Jon Druker, whose insightful blog The Secret Sauce to Leadership & Managing discusses how to use good judgement and people skills to be able to ‘manage any empire’. The text below is a condensed version of his post Great Leaders Have Great Communications Skills. Great Communications Plans Any great … Continue reading

Special Guest Blog – Bangladesh: Out of Fragility?
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Special Guest Blog – Bangladesh: Out of Fragility?

Below you will find Reflect & Learn’s very first special guest blog, which is part of a new series dealing with contextual issues surrounding development challenges and opportunities. We feel that this is a crucial topic to explore, as contextual issues form the environment within which organizations and networks operate. On November 26, the School … Continue reading