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Maxwell Student and NGO Practitioner to Present on Innovative Fund Development: March 31, 2010

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Strategies for Financial Sustainability in NGOs, Transnational and Local: Perspectives from PRADAN (India) & The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (USA

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

12:00-2:00

Eggers Hall 341

 

 

Sustainability is increasingly a hot-button term in the NGO sector, both transnationally and locally.  More specifically, financial sustainability has become a central issue for many NGOs in light of the global financial crisis and related limitations on traditional revenue sources for NGOs. 

 

 
The TNGO Initiative and TNGO Student Group will host a workshop on the following questions for financial sustainability in the NGO sector: 
-Under what conditions are self-sustaining fund strategies legal and socially acceptable? 
-How are self-sustaining fund mechanisms working for Pradan (rural development NGO in India) and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (refugee assistance in Utica, NY)?
-How are the beneficiaries and communities served involved in managing and governing these self-sustaining fund mechanisms?
-What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with self-sustaining fund strategies?
-What capacity is necessary for the beneficiaries and NGO to implement self-sustaining fund mechanisms?
 
Shouvik Mitra, Humphrey Fellow in the EMPA program, will present his perspective on financial sustainability from his experience as a Team Leader for PRADAN, an Indian NGO focusing on rural development.   Peter Vogelaar, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, will discuss the financial sustainability strategies of MVRCR.

Young TNGOs Leaders Share Their Unique Perspectives

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The TNGO Iniative and Student Group had guest speakers, Maxwell student Clint Misamore and Pan-African Studies student David Mwambari, share their perspectives on setting up and managing a transnational NGO.  Mwambari, a native of Rwanda, and Misamore are co-founders of Sanejo, a relatively new TNGO with a mission support communities transitioning from war to peace or facing abject poverty, through the promotion of education.  

 

Despite the blizzard Syracuse received on February 25, 2010, nine students joined David and Clint for a stimulating discussion covering a wide range of issues facing the NGO sector, from financing projects to structuring the governance structure of the organization.  If you would like to learn more about Sanejo, visit http://www.sanejo.org.

 

Due to the great quality of the discussion, we have scheduled a follow-up presentation and discussion for Tuesday, April 13th, 12:00-2:00.  We'll send out more details as they become available.  For an overview of Clint and David's presentation, check out their powerpoint:  TNGO Workshop: Sanejo Presentation.

Visit by Ricardo Gomez (formerly with Plan International)

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The TNGO Initiative Team was pleased to host Ricardo Gomez-Agnoli of Plan International Guatemala this past week. His visit was extremely engaging and his public presentation attracted over 30 students and faculty members! He presented on the topic of how human rights changes the driving force behind NGOs. His perspective is back by many years working for Plan International in a variety of field and managerial positions. If you would like an overview of his presentation from March 3, 2010, his powerpoint is here.


For more questions about Mr. Gomez's partnership with the TNGO Initiative, contact
tngoinfo@maxwell.syr.edu

Visiting Fellow, Colm Ó Cuanacháin of Amnesty, Presentation

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Colm O'Cuanachain, Senior Director of Campaigns, Amnesty International

Presentation:  The Complexity of Leadership in an International Human Rights NGO

 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

12:00pm

341 Eggers Hall

 

Leadership in multi-site and multi-governed organizations like Amnesty International is challenging!  Internal democracy, decision-making, and management processes can make it difficult to balance the internal systems with the compelling external human rights demands.  Amnesty International's democratic membership base underpins a particular leadership dynamic where change management requires resource intensive internal processes.  Leadership must be balanced and effective to avoid internal conflict or high transaction costs.  Colm provides strategic direction and overall management for Amnesty International's campaigning and activism activities as a member of the Senior Management Team at the organization's International Secretariat.  His role includes oversight of global campaigns.

 

Career Discussion

 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

12:30pm

341 Eggers Hall

 

Join Colm O'Cuanachain, Senior Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International, for an informal career talk.  As a visiting fellow, Mr. O' Cuanachain will share his perspective on developing a career in the TNGO sextor.  His current position is with Amnesty's Senior Management Team and is backed by experience at ActionAid International as Head of Campaigns.  His career straddles the development and human rights sectors, which is reflective of the current trend towards Rights Based Approaches and work on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.  Mr. O'Cuanachain holds degree qualifications to the PhD level in Human Rights Education.

 


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