Author Archives: Chris MzN



Chris MzN

From NGO to social business : why and how
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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...

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February 14, 2020
No more restructuring! Please.
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No more restructuring! Please.

How non-profit organisations can keep up with change without change projects by Christian Meyer zu Natrup, October 2018 The need to change an organisation is constant. Non-profit organisations should beat the permanent catch up play...

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July 14, 2019
Commercial Contracting
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Commercial Contracting

Our FAQs on Commercial Contracting Commercial contracts are buzzwords in today’s non-profit world. Everyone is talking about their potential to fund programmes, most seem to agree that they are a useful addition to the ideal...

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March 07, 2019
Do only what matters
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Do only what matters

To do better, do only what matters! I started MzN nearly 10 years ago and a lot of things changed since then. What hasn’t changed is the fact that I see way too many non-profits...

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March 06, 2019
Is there a better way?
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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...

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July 13, 2017
10 Tips for writing better project proposals
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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...

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July 13, 2017
Top Tips for Impact Evaluation
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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...

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July 13, 2017
Smart NGOs
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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...

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August 13, 2016
NGO Financial Sustainability
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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....

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September 13, 2015
Beneficiary-led aid
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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...

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August 15, 2015
How an NGO turned into a social enterprise
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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...

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August 13, 2015
Develop without growth
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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...

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July 13, 2015