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Building a Better International NGO

Greater Than the Sum of the Parts?

James Crowley Morgana Ryan



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Kumarian Press
30 August 2013
The increasing complexity and interdependence of international NGOs has brought to the surface concerns not only about performance but about the structural aspects of NGO management at a practical level in the quest for performance maximisation. This brief guidebook offers five different-although complementary-essays that address key questions about NGO management. Topics covered include organisational models, core competencies, NGO organisational structure options, the impact of new IT technologies on performance, and ways to operationalise strategic planning. While directly geared toward NGO management and staff, this book will also be attractive to those thinking of careers in development or potential donors and clients interested in issues of NGO efficiency and performance.
By:   James Crowley, Morgana Ryan
Imprint:   Kumarian Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781565495821
ISBN 10:   1565495829
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   30 August 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Getting in Shape: How to Make a Large International NGO Be More Than the Sum of the Parts Good at What? The Core Competencies of International NGOs: What Are They? What Do They Need to Be? Evolving Structures of International NGOs: Is There a Right Answer? Reinventing the International NGOs Through New Technology Possibilities. Strategic Planning for International NGOs: Reflections and Perspectives. Integrated Planning and Accountability for International NGOs What Does All This Mean?

James Crowley and Morgana Ryan have extensive experience working with some of the world's largest NGOs in the areas of international development and humanitarian aid.

Reviews for Building a Better International NGO: Greater Than the Sum of the Parts?

This is the most useful work of its kind I have come across in the last decade. Its analysis of the organisational changes required by INGOs to achieve greater impact is insightful, practical, and highly compelling. - Dr Robert Glasser, Secretary General, CARE International James' undying curiosity is his gift to our sector. Always asking the right question, always keen to explore connections, James has a talent for learning from things that are familiar as much as from things that are very different. A really thought provoking and accessible set of research papers. - Marg Mayne, CEO, VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) James Crowley shows a deep understanding of the structures, culture and operations of international NGOs. His insights will be invaluable to anyone responsible for deciding on the direction of change and subsequently leading it. He is particularly good on the cultural factors, the 'secret sauce', which must underpin genuine organisational change. I thoroughly recommend this book. - Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide

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