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

PART III – Environment, Sustainability and Organizations: Case Studies and Best Practices
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PART III – Environment, Sustainability and Organizations: Case Studies and Best Practices

By Mélissa Rodrigue Special thanks to Charles Lusthaus for his insight and encouragement. This is the final installment of a three-part blog series by Reflect & Learn on integrating environment and sustainability in organizational practices and culture. Please let us know if there are components we have overlooked or others that we should explore in … Continue reading

What Organizational Capacities are Needed to Address the Issue of Violence against Women?
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What Organizational Capacities are Needed to Address the Issue of Violence against Women?

By Charles Lusthaus and Efrat Shemesh Violence against women remains a significant issue in Canada. In July 2013, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a report titled The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada, which notes that the percentage of women who experience violence is unclear due to a lack … 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