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Shared documents by recent TNGO Program Fellow, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Secretary General, World YWCA

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During her two weeks of "intellectual rest and recreation" as a Program Fellow for the TNGO Initiative, Nyradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Secretary General of the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), researched the challenges of inter-generational, shared, and transformative leadership as a global movement as well as how it can be applied to the YWCA. 

Mrs. Gumbonzvanda gave two insightful and inspiring talks at The Maxwell School. In her first talk, Mrs. Gumbonzvanda took us through her career story, sharing with the group her path to becoming a global leader and her motivations for taking the position of Secretary General. Her second talk, titled "Inter-Generational, Shared and Transformative Leadership" addressed these approaches to leadership and their relation to women's rights.

You can access her Career Story here.

You can access the presentation to her leadership talk here.

Interesting Blogpost on international development aid cuts and what to do about them

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This blogpost looks at changes in the total amount of development aid given by OECD countries from 2010 to 2011 and makes several observations based on the overall decrease in total aid. Mr. Green also suggests some options for NGOs and aid campaigners to address this phenomenon.

From Poverty to Power is a blog written and edited by Duncan Green who is Head of Research for Oxfam Great Britain. The blog attempts to address how active citizens and effective states can change the world. 

You can access the blogpost here.

Hans Peter Schmitz delivers keynote address at Freedom House conference

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‘Human rights advocacy in the 21st century,’ keynote address at the Global Conference for Human Rights Defenders Networks, Freedom House, Washington, DC, April 18, 2012, link here.

Civil society organizations and human rights defenders are facing increasing legal restrictions in many countries as repressive leaders share 'best/worst practices' in orchestrating a backlash against human rights. What can NGOs and their networks do to respond effectively to these new challenges?

Corporate Social Responsibility and Rights Based Approaches: Incompatible Entities? by Uwe Gneiting, Free University in Berlin, Germany

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TNGOs, rights-based approaches, and the CSR agenda

In this blog post, Uwe Gneiting introduces some of the key tensions behind his dissertation research on Business and Human Rights: how should NGOs engage with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) if they also embrace a Rights Based Approach in their work.

Uwe Gneiting is a PhD student at the Free University in Berlin, Germany and a TNGO Initiative Research Associate

You can read the full blog here

TNGO Talk: Marshall Ganz, Harvard University​: “People, Power, and Change: Leadership​, Organizing​, and Democratic Renewal”

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The Transnational NGO Student Group is proud to present:


Marshall Ganz
Harvard University

“People, Power, and Change: Leadership, Organizing, and Democratic Renewal”


Marshall Ganz is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. In 1964, a year before graduating from Harvard College, he left to volunteer as a civil rights organizer in Mississippi. He found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers. During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing, became Director of Organizing, and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for 8 years. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year "leave of absence," completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000.
Mr. Ganz is one of America’s foremost social movement scholars. As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He served as adviser to the 2008 Obama campaign on citizen mobilization approaches.
April 18, 2012

12:30 - 2:00 pm

341 Eggers Hall


Lunch will be served

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