Welcome to NGO Blog: Who We Are And Why We’re Here

The NGO Management program at the non-profit American Graduation School in Paris provides skills, training and knowledge to help NGOs and their staff reach the highest levels of professionalism.

This blog is part of that mission. Non-government organizations play a key role in international cultural, economic, political and social development, but often fail due to lack of basic business skills. They cannot succeed without efficiently managing human and financial resources, communicating their value and raising funds.

NGO Blog is an information resource that provides news from the NGO world, best management practices, information about grant opportunities and all relevant materials to help NGOs succeed in their essential work. The blog is written by AGS faculty, students and outside contributors and aggregates information from additional sources. Contributions are invited and welcomed.

The opinions expressed by NGO Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the American Graduate School in Paris. AGS is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by NGO Blog.

 

 
Special Events Can Raise Funds for your NGO

Photo courtesy of Howard Lake via FlickrBy Gabriela Lemus
M.A. Candidate 2018

NGOs today cannot use the same fundraising methods used decades ago. Although NGO staff continue to raise funds through customary methods such as grant writing and calls to potential funders for donations, NGOs are also focusing their attention on organizing special events that involve community members and potential funders.

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NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee Looks at Climate Change

UNESCO Forum on Climate Change 2017By Larry Kilman
Associate Director, AGS
Assistant Professor, NGO Management

UNESCO and its partners in the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee have dedicated their 8th International Forum in Paris this week to how non-governmental organizations are responding to climate change. If you don’t know about the committee, you should.

The committee, which serves as a forum for NGO advocacy at UNESCO and among its member states, ensures that civil society is represented in all intergovernmental discussions.

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Smartphone Apps for Aid Workers: Staying Safe, Informed and Connected

AGS NGO Blog - Photo PixabayBy Lana Keusch, MPH
NGO Management Certificate 2018

Smartphones.

They are ubiquitous in today’s world, with the number of global smartphone users predicted to reach 2.87 billion by 2020.

We use them for traditional phone activities, such as calls and texting, but also to help us shop, read a book, or settle an argument with a quick Google search. In 2014, nearly half of Americans (46%) said their smartphone was something “they couldn’t live without”, according to the Pew Research Center, and in 2015, median smartphone adoption in developing nations hit 37%.

They’re especially vital for aid and humanitarian workers.

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Networking Made Simple: How to Effectively Network for Your NGO

Photo Ted X Monterey via FlickrBy Taylor Kelly

M.A. Candidate 2019

For a long time, the NGO and non-profit sector was divided from the for-profit sector in terms of management practices. But today, they are moving closer together.

For example, organizations in both sectors now often have internal structures that are similar, including board members, presidents, financial advisors, in-house lawyers, marketing teams, etc.

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NGOs and Cultural Competence

ngo_blog_nov17_2.jpgBy Taylor Kelly
M.A. Candidate 2019

Monday, 13 November 2017

Is cultural competence – respect for cultural differences – a key aspect for the success of an NGO? The quick and easy answer is yes, particularly because NGOs tend to help everyone, everywhere. So, how does an NGO achieve cultural competence? This post explains what cultural competence is, explores its principles, lists examples of diversity that NGOs may encounter, and presents some key ways in which an organization can implement this practice into their mission.

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The Importance of Neutrality in Times of Conflict

Photo credit: ICRC / Ibrahim Malla / www.icrc.orgBy Taylor Kelly
M.A. Candidate 2019

Monday, 6 November 2017

Neutrality can be essential to the operations of a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO), especially when that NGO is servicing people in an armed conflict. This post defines neutrality, shows how to be neutral, as well as the benefits of being neutral, while looking at a case study of the International Committee of the Red Cross. It also explores some of the criticisms of being neutral.

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Ethics: What Would My Friends and Family Think?

AGS NGO Blog – ïmage by Madhumathi SV via Wikimedia Commons

By Larry Kilman
Assistant Professor, NGO Management

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The US Office of Government Ethics has reminded government agencies to respect ethical standards following a growing number of dubious practices, the Washington Post reports. The key advice: Ask “should I do it” not “can I do it.”

Far too often, organizations get themselves in trouble when the ethical debate – assuming there is one – focuses on “can I get away with it.”

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Just Published : Bold Projects to Protect Journalists

Photo courtesy of International Media Support via UNESCOBy Larry Kilman

Monday, 3 July 2017

Maria Ressa, head of the Philippines-based social media news network Rappler, was chosen by UNESCO to receive the first copy of my report, “An Attack on One is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect Journalists and Combat Impunity.”

She is an apt choice. Her work to combat and prevent gender online harassment, highlighted in the report published by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, can provide inspiration and solutions for others facing similar attacks.

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The Power of the Middle Man

Photo courtesy of Joe Catronby April Ward
M.A. Candidate 2018

Monday, 19 June 2017

NGOs play an important role in many different areas: Feeding the hungry, providing shelter, teaching children, giving medical aid, etc. Those who want to work in the NGO sector are deeply passionate people. They see injustice and seek to provide justice. They see the helpless, and seek their empowerment. They see the invisible and say, “I see you.”

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