NPOKI

A Brief History

 

The NPOKI collaboration evolved from conversations between information officers at International Planned Parenthood Federation and EngenderHealth, facilitated by Monitoring & Evaluation staff from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Both IPPF and EngenderHealth had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars creating management tools and protocols. These ran the gamut from standard operating procedures to complex database applications to manage grants, aggregate workplans and budgets, and manage projects. Both organizations had developed enterprise-wide management information systems. The two groups got together to take a look at what all that time and money had created – “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine!” When the demo concluded, the realization was both profound and frightening: the two applications were similar in approach, methodology, development protocol, and scope of work. The problems faced by both organizations as they developed the applications were similar. The future development needs were similar. In short, both organizations in parallel had spent millions of dollars developing what was basically the same application!

This chance to collaborate would not be wasted. The groups convened meetings of other international health organizations who might be logical partners. These discussions revealed more common ground and a widely felt desire to cooperate. NPOKI’s original goals, in broad strokes, also emerged. Some groups joined immediately, seeding the venture and hiring a staff to formulate NPOKI’s goals and operations with greater precision.

NPOKI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It has a core staff of eight, and works with a roster of twenty-two consultants, as well as partners, funders, and members to fulfill its mission.

A Brief History

NPOKI