CORPluS в България

Категории: Блог, Събития | Публикувано на 26 ноември 2012

След повече от 20 години работа в България американският Корпус на мира приключва дейността си в страната през лятото на 2013 г. Първата група доброволци пристига в България през 1991 г., на базата на сключено споразумение между правителствата на България и САЩ. Оттогава досега повече от 1 300 доброволци са служили в България в над 300 градове и села. Нова организация, наречена CORPluS, ще се опита да запълни празнината. Миналата седмица те организираха workshop на тема Embracing complexity: NGOs in the New World Order of Innovation and Disruption.

Семинарът се водеше от Felix (Skip) Bivens, който има PhD по International Development Studies от Institute of Development Studies (IDS) в University of Sussex в Brighton, Англия. Ето и презентацията от семинара, а по-надолу има и кратко представяне на темата на семинара на английски език:

The 21st Century poses many challenges for the NGO sector around the world. Traditional funding sources have become smaller and more competitive. Programs of state service provision are replaced with market-driven theories for reducing poverty and promoting development. Fields once dominated by the voluntary sector are now crowded with public-private partnerships and sector-bending social enterprises that promise to ‘do good’ and ‘while doing well.’ NGOs are increasingly not viewed as service providers but as innovators, disrupters and catalysts that are tasked with creating ‘systems changing’ interventions which can be brought rapidly to scale. What does this rapidly changing environment mean for existing NGOs and for new organizations trying to find their niche? This workshop will help NGOs to begin to think about and address those questions. We will explore concepts from the fields of systems and complexity science in order to better understand the forces at work and to give organizations an opportunity to embrace complexity instead of fearing it.

Using participatory methods, participants will reflect on their organizations’ existing practices and ‘theories of change’ to assess how these stand up to the current and future environment in which they will operate. This new order will force NGOs to revisit existing ideas, experiment with new models, build new partnerships with a variety of sectors, engage with social media and recommit to learning and evaluation as they seek to contend in a competitive, data-driven, results-demanding environment.

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