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INTRAC, ''Calling our bluff on capacity building''

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''International NGOs are under threat.  Between 2009 and 2011, the proportion of funding through Northern NGOs as compared with direct funding to Southern civil society fell by 60 per cent.  Across Europe, government donors are questioning the added value of international NGOs (INGOs). They are no longer satisfied with glib INGO responses about ‘we build local capacity.’  They want to see evidence.  They are calling our bluff.....''

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Interviews: James Crowley, Associate, Accenture Development Partnerships

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The interview is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7AIMKFQkFA

Career interview is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnmJ7lcLijY


About James Crowley:

James is a business advisor with more than 25 years’ experience with a variety of large private-sector companies and, more recently, with a range of agencies in the international development sector.   James joined Accenture’s strategic consulting practice in 1989, became a partner in 1997 and worked across a range of strategy and organisation change issues for energy, consumer products, high tech and public sector companies, including major international clients such as SmithKline Beecham, Hewlett Packard, Shell and British Gas, as well as a range of energy companies. Up to 2005, James led Accenture’s strategy practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland and was the practice lead for the European Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances practice for many years.   He formally left Accenture’s commercial consulting practice in 2005 to focus on strategic and organisational performance issues in the international development sector. However, he has continued to work extensively with Accenture’s not–for-profit practice; Accenture Development Partnerships. Over that time, he has led a range of assignments on international strategic issues for clients such as Plan International, African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF), World Vision, Amnesty International, Catholic Relief Services and Voluntary Service Overseas.     In parallel with his ongoing advisory work, James invests a portion of his time on new independent research pieces which aim to stimulate new management ideas around the effectiveness of large international NGOs, as well as new collaborative approaches between development and private sector organisations. The first of these was released in 2009 in collaboration with World Vision and Accenture Development Partnerships, “The Rubik’s cube of cross-sector collaboration” [www.thecrowleyinstitute.org].  In 2013, James published a series of new research papers in a book titled “Building a Better International NGO - Greater than the Sum of the parts?”, which has been widely reviewed and appreciated by leaders in the sector across the world, and is now available on Amazon.comhttp://amzn.to/143ZEtM James holds a first-class honours degree in Engineering from University College Cork, a Master’s degree in offshore engineering from University College London and a Master of Business Administration from London Business School. 

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