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Talk on Evaluation of Transnational Advocacy

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Subarna Mathes of iScale will be joining the TNGO Initiative on Thursday, September 27th to discuss the rise of transnational advocacy and its implications for evaluation frameworks, methods, and tools.  The talk will be held in 341 Eggers from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. See here for more details. 

Review of 'Borders among Activists. INGOs in the US, Britain, and France' published

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Hans Peter Schmitz has written a review for H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews of the book 'Borders among Activists: International NGOs in the United States, Britain, and France,' by Sarah S. Stroup, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012.

New publication: 'Strategic Responses to Resource Dependence Among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States'

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The journal Voluntas has published George Mitchell's research article 'Strategic Responses to Resource Dependence Among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States.'  

Abstract: Many of the world’s largest and most impactful transnational NGOs are registered in the United States where they engage in significant fundraising activities to support their global operations. Their reliance on the external environment for financial support exposes them to resource dependence and the possibility of external control. However, as civil society organizations organized as firms, transnational NGOs attempt to maintain operational independence from the donors upon which they rely for funding. This article contributes to resource dependence theory by identifying the strategies that transnational NGOs employ in response to resource dependence, explaining the emergence of strategic response, and exploring the conditions under which NGOs are capacitated to preserve organizational autonomy. The responses transnational NGOs employ include alignment, subcontracting, perseverance, diversification, commercialization, funding liberation, geostrategic arbitrage, specialization, selectivity, donor education, and compromise. Elements of this strategic repertoire empower NGOs to resist external control, even circumventing and influencing donor preferences. Findings are based on in-depth, face-to-face interviews with top organizational leaders from a diverse sample of transnational NGOs registered in the United States.

 

 

Link to the publication.

 

George Mitchell's webpage.

Our Ineffectiveness at Measuring Effectiveness: A Dispatch from the Harvard Business Review

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Social entrepreneur Dan Pallota considers the obstacles to truly effective nonprofit program evaluation, and discusses how critically thinking about them can improve philanthropy. Find the article here.
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