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.”

Humanitarian Aid and Secrecy Don’t Mix

Photo courtesy of futureatlas.comBy Larry Kilman

Thursday, 8 June 2017

This is why transparency is so important for aid workers and NGOs.

According to the New York Times, a kidnapped American aid coordinator in Yemen had a secret job overseeing US commando shipments. This dual role muddies the waters between humanitarian aid and military actions, and immediately raises suspicions about aid workers in general.

Negotiating Across Cultures

Photo courtesy of Meritous MediaBy Khalid Al-Jufairi

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Cultural variation among negotiators is very common in international business dealing, and understanding these differences is often the key to a successful negotiation.

In global organizations – businesses and NGOs alike – managers often engage in negotiations with subordinates, clients, and partners from different cultures on a range of matters including coordination of operations, arrangement of processes or for the purpose of convincing a foreign partner to sign a deal.

Social media metrics for good and evil

Walid Al-Saqaf (left) and TMS Ruge on stage at the Stockholm Internet ForumBy Larry Kilman

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

To his utter surprise, TMS “Teddy” Ruge found himself stripped naked on the stage.

Not literally naked. But what Walid Al-Saqaf did to him left him feeling that way.

Ruge, a technology innovator and global entrepreneur who was chairing a session at the Stockholm Internet Forum, was still wearing his clothes, but what was exposed was even more personal than a naked body. There, on stage before an audience of hundreds of civil society activists, was a deep, graphic look into his Twitter activity – a network diagram of his direct communications and interactions, a word cloud of his hashtags, even his tweet texts and how often they’re retweeted: in short, his interests and his influence.

Using Creative Strategies to Hire the Right Person

AGS NGO BlogBy Gabriela Lemus
M..A. Candidate 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

Adam Bryant, the editorial director of live journalism at the New York Times, says he interviewed 500 CEOs about leadership for his weekly “Corner Office” series, asking them a simple question: “How do you hire?”

NGOs Take Responsibility for Failure in Providing Access to Water

Photo courtesy of US Department of StateBy Yomaira Lopez
M.A. Candidate 2018

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Nobody wants to accept failure, but sometimes you can learn more from failure than from success. In the NGO world, accepting failure is much harder because of the intensity and the emotional/personal involvement brought to each project. However, an NGO working with Welthungerhilfe and Viva con Agua addresses some of their mistakes in trying to provide access to clean drinking water in India. 

Reallocation of Funding?

Photo courtesy USAID/Ricardo R. GuzmanBy Yomaira Lopez
M.A. Candidate 2018

3 May 2017

This news article is a year old, but still relevant since the question of government-funded NGOs and how they are perceived is still a big issue, particularly in countries that view US-funded NGOs as unwanted foreign influence.

Are NGOs Aiding Criminals By Rescuing Migrants? Border Control Thinks So.

Photo courtesy of NoBorder NetworkBy Marci Otranto
M.A. Candidate 2018

2 May 2017

In the on-going refugee and migrant crisis taking place in the Mediterranean Sea, non-governmental agencies (NGOs) have played a large role in rescuing people from drowning en route to Europe. But their humanitarian efforts are not always applauded.

Social Media campaigning is difficult. But it works.

Alison MestonBy Larry Kilman

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

When I asked Alison Meston to talk to my NGO management class about social media campaigning, I knew she would demonstrate the combination of exuberance and expertise that make social campaigning so effective.

The dancing was a bonus.

UN Population Fund Next on the List

United Nations / Martine PerretBy Marci Otranto
M.A. Candidate 2018

Tuesday, 13 April 2017

As a direct result of the “global gag rule,” a policy enacted by the Trump administration that prohibits US aid from funding organizations that provide abortions or information on abortions, the US State Department has moved to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a decision that will directly impact the lives of women and girls worldwide.


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