Uitnodiging Kick-off event: Context MasterClasses 2012-2013 Social Business
Op 21 juni 2012 van 9.30 tot 12.30 uur organiseren Context, international cooperation, ICS, DSEN en QPQ het kick-off event voor de nieuwe serie Context MasterClasses over sociaal ondernemerschap bij Seats2Meet in Utrecht.
Voor meer informatie klik hier
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SROI training 11 - 13 September 2012
Context, international cooperation and ICS will organise an SROI training from September 11 until September 13 in The Netherlands (exact location to be announced). The training course is aimed at social entrepreneurs, project officers, PME officers, social investors, community facilitators, and those interested in social entrepreneurship and social business strategies.
During the course you will learn to apply the SROI methodology in your own initiatives/projects; produce an SROI report to demonstrate the added and hidden values of your own initiative; position SROI within the field of M&E and in relation to different valuation methodologies, social business, value chains and pro-poor market development or inclusive markets.
For more information please click here.
Registration is open until August 12, 2012. If you would like to participate or if you have any questions regarding the training you can contact Tamar van der Leeuw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vooraankondiging Context MasterClass reeks 'Sociaal Ondernemen'
Als vervolg op de succesvolle Context MasterClass (CMC) van 24 november 2011 organiseren Context, ICS, Diaspora Social Entrepreneurship Network (DSEN) en QPQ vanaf het voorjaar 2012 een vernieuwde reeks Context MasterClasses over de verschillende aspecten van sociaal ondernemerschap.
Klik hier voor meer informatie.
Release of book ‘New approaches to development cooperation’
During the ContextMasterClass meeting of November 24, 2011 the director of Context, international cooperation, Fons van der Velden, presented the first copy of the new Context publication ‘New approaches to development cooperation’ to Mr Meindert Witvliet, the outgoing director of SHGW.
In the Introduction of this publication Fons van der Velden argues that nowadays many individuals, organisations and institutions are involved in the search for new approaches to address issues of justice and mercy. They are looking for new strategies and forms of value based change processes in general and new forms of international solidarity in particular. One of these approaches, social business, is explored in depth in this volume. This approach aims for value creation through value chains to benefit all involved stakeholders, sustain the environment and contribute to the common good.
The book costs 30 euro's (excl. costs for sending: 3 euro's) and may be ordered by sending an email to Tamar van der Leeuw email@example.com.
Leading for Change in Social Business Programma
Looking at leadership and management training today, often, personal leadership and self-management are missing elements. Effective leadership has less to do with organisational skills, and more with personal leadership and motivation. Personal leadership and self-management relate to knowledge and skills on a personal level, especially personal attitude, one’s purpose in life and values. For this reason, leadership and management begin at the personal level. If you desire to set up a healthy business and contribute to bringing change in society, the motto is to start with yourself.
The Leading for Change in Social Business programme is a joint collaboration of Foresee Social Entrepreneurs and Context, international cooperation and aims to provide high quality support to innovators, social entrepreneurs with a strong, but not exclusive focus, on women.
This programme takes place in two modules:
- December 5-9, 2011 in Anatapur, India
- In June 2012 (place and exact dates will be initimated later)
For more details and information about this programme, please read this flyer.
CDC article in Vice Versa
In the Vice Versa magazine of this month (#2, volume 45, 2011), an article about Civic Driven Change (CDC) called: "Hulpgedreven verandering is een mythe" (aid-driven change is a myth) is published. The article is written by Remko Berkhout (knowledge worker at Hivos), Lieke Ruijmschoot (consultant at Context, international cooperation) and Janneke Juffermans (journalist) and argues that the framework of Civic Driven Change puts NGOs for dilemmas, but also offers possibilities for a new positioning.
This article fits in the current CDC thinking. In 2010 a group of organisations (Hivos, Cordaid, MinBuza, Social Evaluator, ISS, Broederlijk Delen and Context, international cooperation) who were all part of the DPRN (Development Policy Review Network) process organised a series of events about CDC. This resulted in a synthesis paper called "Civic Driven Change: Synthesising Implications for Policy and Practice".
Civic Driven Change: synthesising implications for policy and practice
In January 2011 Context, international cooperation, together with the other partners (Hivos, the Institute of Social Studies, Cordaid, Social Evaluator, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (all in the Netherlands) and Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)) of the DPRN process ‘Civic Driven Change: implications for policy and practice’ produced a synthesis paper resulting from a writeshop organised by the partners of the process.
This paper aims to synthesise the outcomes and conclusions from the process. The aim is not to present a final analysis on CDC but to take stock and offer a building block for follow-up research. In this paper reference is made to the existing body of literature on CDC and related studies on citizen action. The writers largely drew on the events that they have organised throughout 2010 but they have also taken the liberty to include their personal and professional experience and current CDC thinking in their respective organisations.
To read the full paper, please click here.
Discussion paper about Civic Driven Change and local politics
On March 26, 2010 an workshop about Civic Driven Change (CDC) and local politics took place. It forms part of the DPRN process 'Civic Driven Change: Implications for policymakers and practitioners' which aims to stimulate dialogue between development experts (practitioners, policy makers, academics and business representatives) around what CDC implies for policy and practice of international cooperation. This process is organised in 2010 by ISS, Hivos, Cordaid, Social Evaluator, Broederlijk Delen, DGIS and Context, international cooperation and consists of a number of events as well as information collection and dissemination through websites and position papers. A discussion paper of the first event of this DPRN process ’CDC and local politics’ can now be found here.
Successful launch of SROI practical guide
On November 11, 2010 a succesful launch of the SROI practical guide took place. The guide is a co-creation of Context, international cooperation and would not have been able to be produced without the active and constructive involvement from development practitioners in Africa, Asia and Europe, contribution of management and staff of SHGW, ICS, Cecoedecon, participants of the writeshop in Anantapur, India (November 2009), Context India and with former Context colleagues.
The launch was an informal get together with partners, relations and co-creators of the guide. After an inspiring speech of Menno Salverda, Fons van der Velden (both Context, international cooperation), Meindert Witvliet (director Stichting Het Groene Woudt) and Peter Mbiyu ( (International Child Support Africa), the guide was presented by Fons van der Velden and accepted by Meindert Witvliet and Marleen Hasselerharm (programme director International Child Support). Among others, SHGW and ICS both played an important role in the realisation of the SROI practical guide.
To read the SROI practical guide, please visit the page publications of the center (then find the guide under books)
Action research India: Invisible City-Makers
Ms Sathyasree Goswami from Context India together with Ms S.S. Rajani from IGSSS have conducted and compiled an Action Research on Homelessness in Bangalore City, India, called: 'Invisible City-Makers'.
The theme that runs through the report is ‘City makers who are invisible in the city’. The theme indicates the facts that, it is the people who live on the streets are the ones who contribute to the making of a city, yet remain invisible to law or society. The study is released by a homeless couple in a public meeting and is done with the help of 29 NGOs and 179 volunteers from Bangalore. A head count was done of the homeless people from 10pm to 1am continuously over two nights on the streets of Bangalore city.
To read the whole document, please click here.
Register now for a seminar Civic Driven Change and development policies, December 1, 2010
On December1, 2010 a seminar will take place on Civic Driven Change and development policies in Brussels. This event has been organised by Context and Broederlijk Delen, in collaboration with Cordaid, HIVOS, ISS, Social Evaluator and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a DPRN process and provides an excellent opportunity for Dutch participants to engage with Belgian and international colleagues, and vice versa.
It brings together two engaging and passionate key note speakers (Dr. Alan Fowler and Dr. Gavin Andersson), and facilitates interaction, lively discussion and setting the scene statements by among others, Jean Bossuyt (ECDPM), Pieter Bierma (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Pol de Greve and Jef de Molder (Broederlijk Delen). The discussions will focus on the interaction between civic driven change processes and established policy frameworks of international cooperation, such as:
- Which policy developments in the Netherlands and Belgium are conducive to ‘Civic Driven Change’ in the South?
- What kind of interface exists between CDC type processes that are intrinsically complex, unpredictable and nonlinear, and policy frameworks that demand linear planning, effectiveness and accountability?
- What kind of interface exists between CDC type processes that are often driven by change agents outside of the development sector and policy frameworks that are intended to set the agenda for change?
The day will conclude with a lively and participatory plenary session which will focus on the day’s inspiring examples, challenging dilemmas and core insights, while linking back to the core questions: what does the CDC lens have to offer and what are its implications for development policy?
For more details please find the invitation here. More details will be added later (programme, literature, background info on the speakers etc).
You can register here.
Action Learning Case Study (ALCS) on CDC translated into Hindi by Cecoedecon
Next to "A short introduction on CDC", now also an Action Learning Case Study report, conducted by Cecoedecon and Context, is translated into Hindi. Cecoedecon took the effort to translate the ALCS in order to make it more accessable to our Indian colleagues. This is the first time that one of our CDC ALCS reports have been translated to a local language. We very much thank Cecoedecon! To read or share the ALCS report in Hindi, please click here. To read it in English, please click here.
Training of Trainers Workshop about Civic Driven Change
From May 25-27, 2010 Cecoedecon and Context, international cooperation, organised a training of trainers (ToT) workshop about Civic Driven Change (CDC) in Jaipur, India. The objective of the ToT was sharing the experiences on CDC, its Indian perspective, updates, issues and follow-up. Around 25 participants from 14 states participated in the workshop with their
rich experiences and firm background.
Please click here to read the report of the workshop.
Introduction on Civic Driven Change translated in French and Hindi
Civic Driven Change travels beyond the English speaking world! Please visit Concepts – CDC to read a short introduction to Civic Driven Change in French, Hindi (with thanks to our partner Cecoedecon) and, of course, in English.
The way to lasting social change
On May 28, 2010, a National Consultation, on Civic Driven Change, organised by Context, international cooperation and Cecoedecon took place in Jaipur, India. This consultation placed emphasis on ordinary people developing the capacity to achieve fundamental changes through bold new programmes by bringing citizens and community to the centre-stage of development initiatives.
Please read more about this consultation in this article in The Hindu of May 29, 2010.