The need to change an organisation is constant. Non-profit organisations should beat the permanent catch-up playing and disruptive, expensive restructuring projects. But how? At MzN International, we explore how we can keep up with the changing environment without having to constantly go through reorganisation projects.
Commercial contracts are buzzwords in today’s non-profit world. Everyone is talking about their potential to fund programmes and most seem to agree that they are a useful addition to the ideal funding mix. However, hardly anyone knows where to start.
I started MzN nearly 10 years ago and a lot of things have changed since then. What hasn’t changed is the fact that I see way too many non-profits that mean well and work hard with a lot of passion but don’t actually achieve their key goals.
Whilst I am proud that Germany signed the Global Compact for Migration,this, in itself, is not enough. Together with my colleagues at MzN International and several civil society organisations in Germany, we have therefore co-signed a paper of demands recommending decisive action to our Government.
Great innovators, from all walks of life and in every corner of the earth have made their impact on the world by relentlessly asking if there is a better way to create positive change.
Designing and implementing developmental, formative, and summative evaluations is essential and valuable, however, there are a number of common pitfalls, which have cropped up in observing this growing trend.
Commercial contracts are a real source of income for many NGOs, yet they also remain a major challenge. Pursuing these opportunities is often viewed with scepticism relating to the impact on an organisation's nonprofit mandate- its soul.
The criticism of the development and aid sector isn’t as constructive as it could be. The debate about the structure, workings, and dynamics of the sector overall is mainly based on prejudice, competing political agendas and a surprising absence of the facts.
Dr. Alexandra Yannias Walker, project manager at MzN International, provides expert advice on what current monitoring and evaluation practices lack and what can be done to make them better.