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  • Student Volunteer Research and Networking Opportunity with the 2019 Moynihan TNGO Fellow

    This announcement outlines a critical student volunteer opportunity this semester to interact and gain insight from a TNGO fellow. Please apply by Friday, February 8th in order to be considered for this oppurtunity. 


    Amnesty chief: Trump's presidential policies fueling human rights campaigns

    Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International Secretary-General expressed that Trump's presidential policies are fueling the fire in various human rights campaigns. He bluntly said that most of the current political and business leadership, globally are suffering from denial of reality and this factor is causing many young people to mobilize human rights movements around the world. Naidoo mainly identified climate change and authoritarian governments as major threats to human rights and well-being. He implores young people to continue fighting for human rights and not fall prey towards bias, because it can easily create divisions around human beings. Once a division is created by a bias, it is very hard to remove the bias. We are human beings first and foremost and are born as human beings regardless of where we come from. 


    Internal democracy within transnationally operating non-governmental organisations: are we as democratic as we think?

    CIVICUS's well known annual report State of Civil Society is this year devoted to 'Re-imagining Democracy'. Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, was invited to write a guest essay for the report. She decided to devote it to organizational culture-based impediments to internal democracy, based on her observations.


    Disinformation Toolkit

    The purpose of the Disinformation Toolkit is to raise awareness of the emerging threat of online disinformation, highlight its ability to negatively impact the work of INGOs at home and abroad, and to provide guidance to INGOS and civil society actors to identify their risks; develop organizational risk mitigation plans; and to build resilience to disinformation campaigns throughout the Inter Action community.


    Is that environmental group a pawn of Beijing? Nonprofits wary of being branded 'foreign agents'

    The article talks about the impact of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) on intergovernmental organizations and NGOs that operate globally. This statute has the potential to to be weaponized by politicians to go after their opponents. What are the implications of NGOs being forced to register as foreign agents under the FARA act and how could it deprive various institutions from developing international relationships that are important for their sustainability?



    The Unintended “Foreign Agents”

    The article by Doug Rutzen and Nick Robinson describes the unintended implications of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) on various stakeholders in the current political landscape. It analyzes the current legislation that has been suggested to fix various ambiguities of the FARA act which otherwise could be misused as a political weapon and concludes that there needs to be a way to distinguish foreign interference without undercutting democracy in the United States.  


    Discussing Digitally Enabled NGOs with Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

    In this interview, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, discusses digital NGO campaigning strategies and how transnational NGOs must integrate offline and online action to continue to affect global change, specifically in a digital world.


    White paper on Organizational Culture Change in TNGOs, by Conner Advisory

    Organizational culture change is often not well understood among TNGO leaders. This white paper usefully unpacks this somewhat abstract topic. It was based, among others, on input from Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the TNGO Initiative.


    White paper on Merger and Acquisitions in TNGOs by consultants at Conner Advisor

    Mergers and acquisitions among NGOs are a new but growing area of interest for leaders as well as academics. Conner Advisory - a nonprofit focused consulting practice run by well known private sector consultants Daryl Conner and Ed Boswell, recently published a white paper "Cultural Implications of INGO Mergers and Acquisitions" .  Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the TNGO Initiative, gave input into this white paper. 


    White paper by well known consultants of Conner Advisory on how to successfully lead change in NGOs.

    This white paper was written by Daryl Conner and Ed Boswell of Conner Advisory describes their observations on change management, based on their long experience in the private sector with this topic. Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, offered input into this paper.


    How to build a successful movement in 4 steps

    This article describes how to build a successful movement in four steps in the context of a digital NGO campaigning landscape. The base behind a successful movement is knowing how and when to strategically create change based on a particular cause; it describes ways to capitalize on change to create a lasting movement. 


    Reflections on an External Assessment of the Global Transition Program at Amnesty International

    The external Assessment of Amnesty Internationals Global Transition Program has allowed the TNGO Initiative to assess how this process has affected Amnesty's human rights advocacy outcomes and the efficacy of their change leadership and management. After having assisted a number of major international non-governmental organizations review these processes, TNGO Initiative Director, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken poses reflections and lessons learned.


    Final Assessment of Amnesty International’s Global Transition Program Completed by the TNGO Initiative Goes Public

    Amnesty commissioned the TNGO Initiative in 2016-2017 to carry out an independent Final Assessment of Amnesty International’s Global Transition Program. This represented a significant organizational change for Amnesty: it set up Regional Offices across the globe in 11 locations, hired many staff and leaders from the global south and reduced the number of staff in the International Secretariat in London significantly. 


    Bruno-van Vijfeijken quoted in HR article on measuring change projects

    Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School, was featured in the HR magazine article "Measuring change programmes' effectiveness." Bruno-van Vijfeijken was the leader of a team that helped Amnesty International review and evaluate the effectiveness of their change management efforts.


    NGO leaders take part in Leadership Institute offered by Moynihan

    Fifteen rising top NGO leaders are on campus this week to take part in the annual Leadership Institute, offered by the Moynihan Institute’s Transnational NGO Initiative.

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