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Chris MzN

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 have changed...

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July 13, 2017
Smart NGOs
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Smart NGOs

It is one of the oldest and more worn debates in the sector: How to make an 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 directly affected 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