The ability to change

When I moved to Uganda in 2011 I was looking forward to engage in some disability work, like I had been doing when I lived in South East Asia. I was very pleased when I was asked by Light for the World to conduct an impact study on access to micro finance for persons with a disability. The study was conducted in 4 districts in Uganda and took place in January/ February 2014. It concerned a...
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5CAN Examples – learning organisation

The free 5CAN tool has been online for three months now, and it has been tried by a number of organisations. The answers and reports are confidential, but we can see a few trends. First of all, organisations seem to be very self-critical, because we note that the average score is below 3. Is this particular to non-profit organisations working for development? Secondly, the lowest scores can be...
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5CAN examples – multinational organisation

If you have not yet tried our quick scan based on the 5 capability model, give it a try. The tool is free and intended to allow users to get a feeling of using the 5C model. The 5 capabiltiy model was developed by ECDPM and provides a specific way of looking at organisational performance. It is a conceptual model. To use it in practice one will have to translate the model into a tool for...
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About SNA (not NSA)

In my blog in April I wrote how Joitske, Josien and I were familiarizing ourselves with SNA, social network analysis. We continued our exploration and on the 8th of November we presented three cases for discussion to a selected audience of network professionals. Social network analysis visualises connections between people or organisations. With SNA software large amounts of data can be gathered...
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Making sense of data

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough Albert Einstein Earlier on twitter I shared a picture on enrollment data, with the text: the story of girls’ education…. I hoped it would trigger some reflection: What do I see? Does this surprise me? What do I know about the reasons behind these figures? What is it I do not know? I like the picture because it...
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Many activities of the Working Group Employment for Stability – Johan te Velde

Job creation and collaboration of private sector actors and development practitioners in fragile states has taken centre stage in international thinking on transforming societies coined by fragility and war into peaceful and thriving societies. However, although the link between employment creation and greater stability is widely assumed, there is a need for more field-testing and proof based on...
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