This article was first published in Arabic by Al-Adab.
The attached new Asia Foundation paper describes an exciting new monitoring system developed by The Asia Foundation called Strategy Testing (ST). "ST was developed to track programs that are addressing complex development problems through a highly iterative, adaptive ‘searching’ approach. Traditional monitoring methods are designed to track progress in linear, largely pre-planned projects where the result and the path to achieving it are known from the outset. Such methods are poorly suited to contexts where specific results emerge over time in the course of implementation, and where there is a need to track shifts in program strategy and action. ST is designed to fill this gap. The paper provides a detailed description of the ST approach and the tools developed to facilitate the process.
“Capacity building” has been in every job description or programmatic strategy of every international aid and philanthropic organization with which I’ve worked over the past 15 years. In some form or another, I’ve led, funded, or facilitated workshops, exchange visits, trainings intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of people who live in poor countries.
Along the way, as an “expat” aid worker, as a grantmaker, as a manager and a communicator, I’ve had my capacity built too.
I’ll admit it. I’m scared.
I joined IDEX less than two months ago, and now, I’m being asked to “take on the mantel of being an artist.” What?!
I’m the Director of Communications. I think up strategy to reach our audiences. I update the website. I manage our brand. I post blogs. I run our social media accounts.
The following presentation was made by Christopher Harris at the first international meeting of the Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice, in Rio de Janeiro, held from July 8 to 10, 2015. The meeting gathered funds, foundations and activists from a number of countries to discuss the steps needed to construct a collective strategy to strengthen the field of philanthropy for social justice in Brazil and Latin America more widely.
Thank you Ana. I have been asked to give a global tour of philanthropy for social justice in only 15 minutes. Please fasten your seatbelt and get ready for takeoff.
Before we look globally let’s take a minute to understand better what we mean by “philanthropy for social justice.” It has several necessary components: