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Helen Mealins

…executives in a variety of leadership and consultancy roles, to advance social change in Africa, Asia and Europe. Immediately prior to joining INTRAC she was working in Uganda leading the…

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Helen Mealins appointed as INTRAC Chief Executive

…Helen has also worked with public sector policy makers and civil society practitioners in a variety of leadership roles to advance social change in other parts of Africa and Asia….

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Jan Nowell

…Jan works as a freelance consultant supporting organisational change and leadership development. Before going freelance she worked for more than twenty years in the not-for-profit sector, with most of…

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Followership: the overlooked ingredient in successful organisations

…While the tip of the iceberg glistens in the Arctic sunlight, its mass lurks unnoticed in the cold water below. Of course leadership in civil society organisations (CSOs) is vitally…

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Consulting with soul

…(whether in water and sanitation, livelihoods, health, advocacy…); Strengthening the organisation itself, helping it adapt to and manage change (whether in strategy, structure, leadership, staffing or systems…); Improving external relationships,…

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Amer Madi

…local NGOs with funding from the Government of Norway (2009, 2012 and 2015). a women’s leadership project of the Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy and Kvinna Till Kvinna (2010)….

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Valli Yanni

…planning; governance and leadership skills; change management; communication and facilitation skills; Training of Trainers; participatory approaches to development; advocacy for human rights; and cross-cultural communication. Facilitation: of a wide range…

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Charles Kojo Vandyck

…Charles is a development professional who has worked assiduously to improve civil society governance, leadership, sustainability and an enabling environment for citizens’ participation in development processes. Charles is actively…

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Rhian Cadvan-Jones

…organisation change and system improvement. Having worked at executive level, Rhian uses her governance and leadership experience to inform her practice. Shehas worked with senior leaders in the UK and…

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John Hailey

…a range of international NGOs, donors and UN agencies, in such areas as strategy and organisational development, governance and leadership, as well as undertaking evaluations and programmatic reviews. He was…

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Isobel McConnan

…a teacher in Palestine, continued through her leadership of a health NGO, and expanded into her current facilitation practice. At the last count, she’s designed and facilitated over 65 events,…

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Catherine Squire

…on capacity building practice for small and medium sized organisations – including developing strategy, building skills, governance, leadership and organisational values. Since 2003 she has worked freelance as an INTRAC…

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Candida March

…search and leadership development consultancy serving the international aid and social enterprise sectors. Previously she was a policy advisor and international trainer on gender relations and women’s empowerment for Oxfam,…

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Phil Vernon

…Phil joined INTRAC’s Board in 2014. He is currently the Director of Programmes at peacebuilding NGO International Alert, providing leadership and oversight of Alert’s programmes in Africa, Asia and…

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Sue Weaver

…has a degree in psychology and a graduate diploma in law, as well as a professional background in human resources, management, and leadership. She is a Fellow of the Chartered…

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Carolyn Miller

…Carolyn has more than 30 years experience of leadership and management in international development, both in the field and at global level. This included significant involvement in global health,…

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Rick James

…NGO capacity building and organisational change issues. His main areas of specialism include: Organisational change and NGOs Developing NGO leadership Formation of organisational development consultants Working with faith in development…

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Organisational & Capacity Development

…books and articles. Our approach goes beyond organisational systems to issues that may have as much or more impact on the legitimacy and strength of CSOs, such as: leadership, integrity,…

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Needs assessment for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in the Middle East

…In May 2016, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy commissioned INTRAC to help inform its operational, partnership and learning requirements across the Middle East. INTRAC conducted a comprehensive needs assessment…

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There is hope beyond this life: Five keys to founder transition

…significant changes in funding streams and detailed and frequent reporting requirements, for example, are incongruent with their preferred leadership style. Hence, there does come a time when founders move on…

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Founder’s retirement: Are you serious?

…Transitions of top leadership and CEO must be planned even more carefully. Typically, the Governing Boards of entities should be responsible for ‘smooth and effective’ transition of CEOs. So, what…

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Founder transition: from pointing fingers to healing hearts

…CEO and senior leadership team it is worth thinking through: Who appointed the new CEO – what was the retiring founder’s influence? It is important to ensure an independent appointment,…

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Proactively managing healthy founder transition

…By Rick James, Principal Consultant at INTRAC. Healthy leadership transition from a founder is never easy. It requires careful and proactive management. It benefits from: A transition team and…

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Boards stepping up for founder transition

…By Rick James, Principal Consultant at INTRAC. Too often we blame Founder’s Syndrome on the founder alone not letting go. But healthy leadership transition is about much more than…

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A loss of words – remembering Chiku Malunga

…across Africa and indeed the rest of the world. Through his leadership development work, people across the continent looked up to him as a mentor and example. A few years…

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Identity and gender in founder transitions

…less discussion of diversity practice in relation to leadership recruitment and especially founder transitions. Addressing these issues therefore requires a lot of groundwork by Boards well ahead of the start…

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What stops founders letting go?

…and frustration. Emotions are intensified during times of uncertainty and change. Emotions can take a long time (if ever) to adjust. Leadership transition is too significant to be anything but…

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Why haven’t we cured Founder’s Syndrome?

…Founder’s Syndrome is the condition commonly referred to when a founder stays on too long in leadership so that it creates increasing organisational dysfunction. Some liken it to the founder…

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How not to run an international organisation: the perfect case study

leadership, poor accountability and high consumption of resources at the top have a cost. In fact, FIFA does sometimes live up to its status as a registered charity with some…

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Praxis Note 73. Click! Using YouTube as a training tool

…to include video material in a tailor made training. Here’s a good clip: useful for discussing leadership and creating social movements. It’s called ‘Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ…

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Building a strong and sustainable civil society across Middle East North Africa: a collaborative approach

…provide long-term and context-relevant support that is empowering and effective. Capacity building for sustainability should cover a whole range of areas such as leadership, programme effectiveness through improved monitoring and…

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Go through the door marked ‘Exit’ to reach sustainable development

…need to take ownership and leadership of the process. It requires careful management and healthy relationships. Exit may be challenging and even threatening to our normal NGO ways of operating,…

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How to Kill a Civil Society Organisation

…Posted by Rod Macleod . There are many aspects to building strong and sustainable civil society organisations. Mission and values, leadership, resources and an enabling environment all play a…

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Which way to sustainable exit?

…research with beneficiaries, leadership, strategy, resource mobilisation, and financial management. 4. Influencing wider stakeholders at community, district and national level Greater attention to advocacy is part of the shift towards…

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Leading by example? Why leadership buy-in is crucial to NGO exit strategies

…and strong leadership as critical points in the exit process. Again and again, we found our discussions revolving around the need for investment in the exit process, investment of both…

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Thinking about consortia? Answer five simple questions first

…the learning from three consultancy firms delivering leadership development in Ethiopia. There are interesting similarities and contrasts with a previous experience of four foundations working together in Africa. So what…

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Praxis Note 69. Making Consortia Work. An example of competing consulting firms in Ethiopia

…funded by the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in Ethiopia proved him wrong. The pilot programme, with Center for African Leadership Development(CALD), Emerge Leaders Consultancy and Training and Center for…

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Social Justice, leadership and civil society: the Nigerian example

…Guest blog by Felix Obanubi from SAVI Nigeria. The fundamental crisis of social justice is rooted in leadership, management and persistent self-centeredness. When the interests of some groups and…

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The human side of the exit strategy: staff care and personnel management

…emerged at each ALS meeting: You need to invest in the exit process; staff care during exit may require additional resources Leadership from senior staff and trustees is essential to…

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Donetsk, Charlie Hebdo, Fergana Valley… and civil society

…and from below (political and social movements). In Central Asia a change in CS leadership is gradually taking place, after 20 years of independence in Central Asia, during which migrants’…

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Why space and context matter: The importance of being place-sensitive

…By Suzanne Hammad. Civil society organisations can be well resourced and legitimate with established structures and strong leadership, yet still struggle to become truly sustainable. One reason for…

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Sustainability: Why Leadership Matters

…hold back the waves. But if no individual NGO leader can last forever, leadership must be part of any serious debate about NGO sustainability. This assertion is most easily proved…

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Civil society sustainability: Stepping up to the challenge

…within an integrated concept of sustainability are leadership, purpose, values, and structures. We will explore whether particular leadership qualities or approaches matter to sustainability. Organisations that prove to be effective…

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Well-being at work: Fluff or fundamental?

…Team building opportunities Social time (Friday biscuits, lunches etc.) to support social relationships Bike-to-work schemes and other schemes to support physical well-being Management and leadership training which focuses on strong…

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Capacity Building, Partnership Relations and Exit Strategies

…that jumped out for me included: leadership, trust, conscience, character, being self-critical, cultivating not building, cultivating not controlling, making it personal not mechanical, thinking long-term not short-term, and being ruthless…

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Sustainability of civil society organisations in a rapidly changing world

…The takeaway from the discussion is that the context – in terms of countries, policy landscapes, funding support, leadership, capacity – will always be decisive in how influential civil society…

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Making it personal

…have often tried to follow Robert Quinn, who writes: ‘When I discuss the leadership of organisational change with executives I usually go to the place they least expect. The bottom…

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Praxis Note 67. Survival is not enough: Building capacity of a thriving civil society in West Africa

…national, and international levels. At the internal level, many CSOs suffer from a lack of staff with the technical, financial, research, and leadership skills needed to effectively implement the programmes…

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Cultivating character in capacity building

…quadrupled. The agency’s impact and influence had grown to unprecedented levels. A new director and the leadership team had worked together to model the change they wished to see in…

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It’s (almost) all about leadership

…jump through. Afterwards they tended to ignore the ‘consensus’ decisions. I soon realised that in my desire to focus on the whole organisation, I was underplaying the importance of leadership….

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Obsessed by assessment tools

…Many of them cover the same core competencies of vision, leadership, governance, strategy, systems, structures, staffing, resources and networks. Some add a dynamic dimension with scores dependent on the maturity…

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Action learning set on exit strategies

…Principles and values underpinning exit processes Capacity building and relationship management with partners Staff care and personnel issues The role of leadership Praxis Paper 31: Developing a timeline for exit…

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Mindfulness for the development sector

…organisations, including Oxfam GB and Save the Children International, are considering how mindfulness could help deal with stress and burnout or as part of management and leadership programmes. The private…

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Eight challenges for civil society in 2013

…real issues of inequality, global environmental challenges, continuing constraints on freedom will exist alongside the ebb and flow of new political formations and faces – a new leadership in China,…

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Creating Space to Lead: A Guide for Small and Diaspora NGOs

Leadership may sound impressive, but it is immensely difficult. While many of us know what we should do as leaders, we just do not have enough time to put…

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Summative evaluation of MS / ActionAid DK Country Programme Strategy in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador

…consultants also interviewed the leadership of partner organisations and key respondents in the national context. The evaluation team delivered its findings and recommendations in three country evaluation reports (in Spanish),…

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Global changes and civil society. Background paper for ‘Civil society at a new frontier’ conference

…relevant to civil society and delineates the areas which may present a challenge to how civil society and its leadership have operated in recent years. This paper is a background…

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Peer Learning Programme for small and diaspora organisations

…the UK strengthen their organisational capacity: Thematic toolkits on advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, theory of change, leadership, partnerships and capacity building, strategic planning, governance, fundraising A short guide to getting…

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Praxis Note 59. Leadership, gender and youth: Reviewing the old and experimenting with the new

…developed a leadership aspect in the programme to support self-help movements. We wanted to bring together new ’agents for change’ within self-help groups and NGOs and effectively address gender and…

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Civil Society Support Programme Ethiopia

…people, issues and geographic areas. INTRAC provided the following support to the programme over a six year period: Thought leadership and key input into the design of the programme Team…

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Praxis Note 44. Customised Family Day Events: Promoting HIV counselling and testing in the workplace and beyond

…efforts, leadership commitment, a multi-sectoral approach and promotion of the ABC prevention model. Yet, almost 80% of HIV positive people in Uganda remain unaware of their status. More action is…

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Praxis Paper 10. NGO Leadership Development: A Review of the Literature

…NGO leaders are often isolated and unsupported. There is talk of a leadership deficit, because of the shortage of talented leaders and the growth of the non-profit sector generally. As…

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Praxis Note 25. Learning Leadership Development from African Cultures: A Personal Perspective

Leadership development is currently a very high priority for capacity building in Africa. Practitioner experience, however, would suggest that the plethora of initiatives are largely imported from the West,…

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Praxis Note 14. Autocratics Anonymous: A Controversial Perspective on Leadership Development

…Traditional approaches to leadership development have concentrated on training individuals in new knowledge and skills. The impact of this kind of approach is unclear. This note suggests an alternative…

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ONTRAC 16. Culture, context and NGO’s

…a work placement at INTRAC, highlights the particular problems of leadership development facing the young Vietnamese NGO sector. In ‘Capacity Building News’, Chiku Malunga of the NGO Support Organisation CABUNGO…

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ONTRAC 9. Building the internal strength of urban NGO’s: the right way round or from the inside out?

How do we judge our capacity as NGOs in a realistic way? How do we know if a partner is able to take on a new piece of…

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