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Capacity Building

Calm, Clarity and Capacity in Our Lives

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Hans Hickler

We all know that taking time out during the day to recharge is solid advice. It clears the cobwebs. Meditation goes a step further. For me it is a gift that keeps on giving. I'm learning that our mind doesn't enjoy chaos and noise but takes it for granted.

Improving Teaching Through Collegial Support

Sean McComb | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Sean McComb

Our children deserve a national emphasis on bolstering education in every classroom through systemic, on-going, collegial support. We can ensure that every child gets great instruction because we share our strengths.

Continental-Wide Financing Needed to Strengthen African Universities, Ivorian President Says at AAI Awards Gala

Amini Kajunju | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

In accepting the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award from AAI, H.E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, called on AAI to launch a continental-wide effort encouraging African countries to pool together their resources and establish a fund to support the organization's work.

How The ALS Association Should Spend Donations From the #IceBucketChallenge

Steve Delfin | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Delfin

The ALS Association has been given a gift; the $79.7 million they have raised through this social media extravaganza is "unrestricted funds," which means they can use those funds however they wish

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

To have real and lasting impact, we must step back from the intervention level of analysis to understand how we can mold entire ecosystems to better serve the health of broad populations.

Capacity Building vs. Innovation Readiness

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Oftentimes the response to this challenge is to do "capacity building" -- when it's "innovation readiness" that's needed most.

What Nonprofits Need Most

Sylia Obagi | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Sylia Obagi

Most nonprofit leaders don't think of income generation as their top priority. Their purpose is to serve, they reason. Raising money is secondary. T...

Work in Progress

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The focus on non-profit organizations' overhead expenses as a top benchmark for performance has hindered capacity-building efforts and limited the entrance and retention of talent in the sector.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Daniel Ben-Horin

The drama plays out of whether or not Kenyatta and Ruto will appear in the Hague. The balance between repudiating colonialism and protecting human rights is infinitely tricky. We must get it right.

Scaling Community Solutions: Reflecting on the Social Innovation Fund With Paul Carttar

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In the face of continuing cutbacks from government austerity measures, many nonprofits and their grantmaker partners are exploring ways to increase their impact and most effectively invest their resources in communities.

Closing the Capacity Gap in Saving Lives at Birth

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

I have always believed that all game changing solutions are inherently multidisciplinary. Learning from higher education, using the tools of information technology and applying them to public health may prove to be the most potent of solutions to permanently end preventable maternal and child mortality.

Learning to Create Lasting Social Change Online

Thenera Bailey | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Thenera Bailey

The common link for all our interns is their desire to better understand social issues and strategies for creating lasting change.

Less Talk, More Do on Capacity Building for Development

David de Ferranti | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

A country should always be in the driver's seat, making decisions as they arise -- no one knows a road like a local citizen. Helping countries as they learn to drive that road is the goal of capacity building.

Heartbreak and Hardship -- Finding a Way Out for Fragile States

Dominique Desruelle | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Dominique Desruelle

Everyone agrees that countries need help to recover from these situations. But it is not easy to come to a shared understanding on what this really takes.

Peace Corps Placement Is Like Flying Standby

Ross Szabo | Posted 06.06.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Apparently, like the fated flight I couldn't make in the airport, Peace Corps opens positions to more people than they have posts. In this case, everyone made it before us, so we were going on standby!

Capacity Building: A Continuous Learning Process

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

As the donor community continues to debate foreign aid reform and the importance of "capacity building," I hope we remember that all elements of society have the potential to lead the development process.

Bridges to Growth, Not Roads to Nowhere: Scaling Up Infrastructure Investment in Low-Income Countries

Hugh Bredenkamp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Bredenkamp

For low-income countries, the absence of reliable infrastructure -- roads, railways, ports, but also power supply -- has become an increasingly binding constraint on growth.

Don't Let Goodwill Slip Through The Cracks

Gary Bagley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gary Bagley

It's been a watershed time for volunteering. Tens of thousands of Americans have been inspired to action, but have you ever tried to volunteer at homeless shelter, a school, or a social service agency? It's not as simple as it sounds.

Science for Us, but Also for the World

Dr. Seth Berkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Seth Berkley

The Obama administration should extend its fervor for science to its foreign aid policy, putting science and technology at the heart of U.S. assistance to the developing world.

Breaking the Resource Curse: Concession Negotiation in Liberia

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

Sub-Saharan Africa possesses some of the highest concentrations of natural resources. Yet, for all the mining and extraction, relatively precious few of the benefits trickle down to its citizens.