A field comes of age! Announcing the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, Johannesburg, 1 - 2 December 2016Submitted by Wendy Richardson on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 22:45
This post first appaered on the Global Fund for Community Foundations blog on November 13, 2015
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.