Alfred Ortiz, Professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies of Nonprofit Finance and Organizational Sustainability as well as a Phd Candidate shares a deep contemplation about development work, development philosophy and the direction of development. He elaborates on some of his past experiences with social entrepreneurship, indigenous amazonian people and capacity building, his work with PACT Ecuador, teachings and trends. In this interview with Policy Pace producer Paula LeRoy, Professor Ortiz previews his PhD findings to challenge typical beliefs about development. He asks the hard questions. If we just strengthen this organization will it increase the impact? How valuable is training? Does training produce results? Are there too many promises? How can development agencies better understand the complexities of the project environment? Is visioning helpful or harmful? Can we work on the micro level and the macro level? Do agencies ask themselves the hard questions about their impact?
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Marsha Wallace, the co-founder of the highly successful NGO Dining for Women, describes the inspiration for, and beginning phases of, Dining for Women, an international giving circle that focuses on women’s empowerment and development. Each month the 200+ chapters of DFW, meet in their local communities and learn about a thoroughly vetted international NGO. Through the donations DFW is able to give $30-40K to each organization that has planned a particular project or expansion for the DFW partnership. With typical humility, Marsha describes the process and intricacies of running a growing nonprofit as well as solutions to some of the urgent issues experienced by women in poverty. This 34 minute interview on Policy Pace is inspiring and informative. Interviewer and producer Paula LeRoy, has created Policy Pace to bring successes and indepth analysis in the fields of security and development. If you would like to be interviewed or contribute an interview please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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