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  • Feedback “Proposal Writing and Business Development Course” – Istanbul, May 2016

    MzN International looks at feedback a little differently. We publish all of it (yes, the good and the bad) and it helps us to continuously refine and improve our courses. Have a look at what the participants of our latest course in Turkey had to say! Download here

  • Top Tips for Impact Evaluation

    International development is complex; it involves multiple stakeholders with different interests, goals and capacities. Within this pandemonium, there is a need to demonstrate the impact of what we do and how our interventions changed the lives of those we intend to serve. This is why impact evaluation has rapidly became a pivotal practice in the...

  • 10 Tips for writing better Project proposals

    The ability to write winning proposals is essential for all development and aid organisations. Despite the success of some organisations in exploring alternative funding streams, the capacity for attracting donor funds by winning bids remains at the centre of the success of organisations. Download here

  • Is there a better way?

    A question that really drives great aid organisations Great innovators, from all walks of life, in every corner of the earth have build their impact on the world by relentlessly asking if there is a better way to create positive change. Chris took this pic on his trip to Bangladesh (2015), speaking with bKash about...

  • Enhancing Humanitarian Response Capacity in Bangladesh – the Context Project

    Bangladesh is one of the most-disaster prone countries in the world, at risk of a multitude of humanitarian crises, particularly crises resulting from the impact of climate change. Cyclones, earthquakes, as well as slow onset disasters such as flooding, water-logging, saline intrusion etc. have the potential of affecting the lives of thousands of people and...

  • DEVELOP WITHOUT GROWTH

    Answers to the question of how best to help the world’s poor out of poverty and bring opportunity and development to a country usually include some of the familiar buzzwords: economic growth, political stability and an effective government. Development professionals, politicians and academics certainly weight the importance of each factor differently and there are many...

  • SMART NGOS

    It is one of the oldest and somewhat worn debates in the sector: how to make my NGO more efficient and effective for more impact? However, the drive for more bang for each charitable buck has now become an urgent necessity rather than a mere aspiration. The traditional drivers of the NGO efficiency and effectiveness...

  • NGO FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

    The way we think about charities is fundamentally torn between two ideals. On the one side we want non-profit organisations to strive for high-end efficiency, professionally running campaigns and programmes, squeezing costs, and increasing impact. On the other hand we are fond of NGOs as social actors, free from the profit motive, culturally different, and...

  • BENEFICIARY-LED AID

    Dr Adrian Flint and I here make the case for a development paradigm shaped and determined by the people affected directly by aid and assistance programmes. It is a call for aid programming and policy that goes beyond the limitations of participation and towards a paradigm that puts those who need and want help in...

  • FROM NGO TO SOCIAL BUSINESS: WHY AND HOW

    How does one go from being a traditionally funded development organization to a sustainable social enterprise? Leaders of development and aid organizations talk a lot about changing donor models, value for money, operational efficiency, new technology and changing business models. And many believe that being aware of them mitigates the need for serious changes. It...

  • HOW AN NGO TURNED INTO A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

    The story of Cordaid’s Transformation Questions and narrative by Christian Meyer zu Natrup, Director, MzN International (www.mzninternational.com) Answers by Henri van Eeghen, COO, Cordaid Many talk about the benefits of operating as a social enterprise in the development and aid sector. A more sustainable and diversified funding base, more accountable division managers and better programmatic...

  • Humanitarian Skills Development Programme – Bangladesh

    The recent devastations in Nepal have shown us how crucial it is to have solid and effective humanitarian response processes in place. Emergencies and natural disasters can happen at any given time, and the better our emergency processes are, the greater the number of lives that will be saved. At MzN International, we believe in...

  • More training for humanitarian workers in East Africa.

    We have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RedR UK, a leading training charity working in the area of international disaster relief, as part of their regional initiative to support a broader range of training providers in bringing training to responders and NGO professionals working in East Africa. Christian Meyer zu Natrup, Director at...

  • MzN | International and Oxford Change Management

      MzN | International and Oxford Change Management have merged to complement our offerings to the development and humanitarian sector and widen our impact. The brands continue to co-exists.