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NPOKI Newsletter – January 2017

Newsletter
January 2017

 

Happy New Year to all of our colleagues! We hope that 2017 will be a positive year with many expectations, and even greater achievements.

 

During January/February 2017, we have already scheduled four (yes, FOUR) free webinars which we think will be of interest to our audience: those who work for, work with, collaborate with, or partner with international not-for-profit organizations. These webinars include:

 

  • Mango Mobile Application Platform
  • Who Wants a FREE Puppy! (The true cost of Free)
  • DHIS2 2017 Symposium Overview
  • Am I reaching the Poor? Measuring Equity with DHIS2

 

Please scroll down to read more about each webinar, and if the topic interests you, please register. The process is painless, and we do not share attendees lists with other organizations or vendors. Please feel free to share webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in a particular topic.

 

We look forward to “seeing” you at one of our events!

 

William (Bill) Lester

Executive Director NPOKI



 

On Tuesday, January 10th from 11:30AM to 12:45PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Mango Mobile Application Platform

 

The Mango platform is a complete mHealth surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation solution – scalable to any size, flexible to suit any operation, and fully customizable with its modular architecture. The platform is designed to operate sustainably in any environment, even when the available communications services and infrastructure is limited or unreliable – what we call a low resource area. And it can be a standalone solution, or integrate with other platforms like DHIS2.

 

The Mango platform was developed by Greenmash LTD, a UK-based software and consulting firm – with offices in London, Washington D.C., Auckland, and Nairobi – that works extensively with government and non-profit organizations. Join Andrew Wyborn, Managing Director at Greenmash, as he and his team discuss and demonstrate how Mango has provided mHealth solutions for its clients.

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

Panelists:

Andrew Wyborn is the Managing Director at Greenmash LTD. He is passionate about building businesses that make a real and sustainable difference, improving processes, visibility and accountability.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5695028607929637889

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS



 

On Thursday, January 12th from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a webinar:

 

Who Wants a Free Puppy!

(The true cost of FREE)

Nothing is free. You pay for it with money and/or with time. Free puppies require both, just like open source/free license software. If everything isn’t clear up front, you will find yourself needing to defend all the time you’ve spent on your no-cost project.

 

Marc Baizman, popular raconteur and Customer Success Director at Salesforce.org, gives us his humorous spin (based on lots of experience) on accepting, training, grooming, and managing a free puppy. He is joined by Zachary Tapp, IT Director at Cradles To Crayons.

 

This is the perfect webinar to share with folks at your organization who can’t/won’t understand why open source, free license, and other seemingly low-cost solutions don’t always beat custom/commercial solutions. So, invite them to join you for our webinar!

 

(This is a co-presentation of both the Connecting The Information Dots and the DHIS2 For INGOS webinar series)

 

 

 

Panelists:

Marc Baizman has been involved with nonprofits and technology for the past 12 years, and has gone from being “the tech guy” hooking up Ethernet cables under desks at a small nonprofit to running a solo technology consulting practice focused on moving organizations to the cloud using Salesforce, Box.com, and Google Apps. He is delighted to be at the Salesforce Foundation, and Customer Success is in his blood.

Zachery Tapp is an innovative and motivated problem-solver with an eye for the big picture. As a technology enthusiast with a comprehensive understanding of many industry leading business solutions, he has a solid record of success with project management, developing, and implementing technology and business systems. Currently, he is the Director of IT at Cradles To Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6195548288274759426

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

Twitter: #CITDWS, #DHIS24INGOS



 

On Thursday, January 19th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

DHIS2 Symposium 2017 Overview

The DHIS 2 Symposium is an annual event that brings DHIS 2 implementers, and M&E and technical experts together to learn from a wide range of DHIS 2 implementation projects.  

 

As we enter the 3rd year of the Symposium, DHIS 2 adoption continues to expand exponentially.  Implementing partners are now faced with multi-instance environments from the National HMIS instance to Donor and Partner instances.  This year, we’ll explore how various DHIS implementers are dealing with complex issues of data exchange and discuss how we can more easily facilitate this exchange through system interoperability.  We will also hear about innovative usage of data either through in-built features or through BI tools. Developers from the University of Oslo will share updates on the DHIS 2 roadmap and talk about the University’s on-going capacity building efforts.  

 

If you haven’t attended the symposium previously, or you want to hear more about this year’s agenda, join us for a casual discussion about the topics and speakers and answer any questions about this year’s event. 

 

 

Panelists & Moderators:

Nicola Hobby is the Director of Service Delivery at BAO Systems and the organizing chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium.  Since 2012, Nicola has lead institutional-wide DHIS 2 deployment projects at multiple international public health non-profits.

William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI

Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5606691644662584324

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs



 

On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM ET, we will present a free webinar:

 

Am I Reaching the Poor? 

Measuring Equity with DHIS2

Although many development programs actively target the poor, actually measuring how well we are doing this can often be challenging.  Metrics for Management (M4M) has just released a DHIS2 version of its popular EquityTool, a set of simplified questionnaires to help NGOs estimate the wealth distribution of their clients, and ultimately understand how effectively they are reaching the poor (see http://www.equitytool.org)

 

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the EquityTool, give a brief demonstration of how quickly and easily the EquityTool questionnaires and indicators can be installed in your own DHIS2 instance, and explore how you can then use them to measure equity and make data-driven decisions in your programs.

 

Panelists:

Nirali Chakraborty is the Director of Research and Technical Assistance at Metrics for Management and leads M4M’s research and technical assistance activities. She formerly oversaw the quality and dissemination of Population Services International’s reproductive health related research internationally. Nirali also previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Broad Branch Associates, specializing in health systems and performance based financing, and has expertise in quantitative research methods. Nirali has conducted research in, and published articles on, social franchising, health equity, health workforce performance and maternal health. She is fluent in English and French, and proficient in 3 Indian sub-continent languages, Gujarati, Hindi and Bengali.  Nirali received her PhD in International Health, with a concentration in Health Systems, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Samuel Johnson is a freelance consultant at Qebo Ltd who advises iNGOs on the design and roll-out of information systems.  His previous positions include global Head of Management Information Systems for Marie Stopes International, M&E Advisor to the Swaziland Ministry of Health, and a range of senior management roles in UK hospitals.  As well as extensive senior management experience in the iNGO and government sectors, Sam has a deep technical understanding of information systems, with particular specializations in DHIS2, business intelligence solutions and electronic client records.  Sam has an MSc Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Kenzo Fry is a consultant at Tebiro Ltd specializing in poverty measurement, costing and impact modelling. He previously ran the Impact Analysis team at Marie Stopes International, which is responsible for designing the organization’s performance metrics, impact modelling, and overseeing global reporting such as MSI’s Global Impact Report. He also has extensive field experience running surveys and studies for public health programs in Indonesia. Kenzo has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

To register for this free webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7474704722866587906

 

Please feel free to share this webinar information with others at your organization who may have an interest in this topic.  

 

 Twitter: #DHIS24iNGOs


 

InsideNGO Welcomes New CEO Tom Dente

TomDenteWASHINGTON – InsideNGO, the largest membership association of international relief and development organizations, has named Thomas Dente as its new president and chief executive officer.

“Tom is an ideal choice to lead InsideNGO,” said Jim Sailer, chairman of the InsideNGO board of directors. “He has a strong vision for the future, a deep passion for our mission, and decades of experience in business and international development. He is an outstanding professional and person, and was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and board of directors. We look forward to Tom’s continued leadership in our sector, as he builds on InsideNGO’s commitment to operational excellence in the international NGO community.”

Dente has been integral in shaping InsideNGO’s strategy since joining the organization in 2011 as chief operating officer. Since that time, InsideNGO has grown its membership by 20 percent, to 330 members; increased the number of development professionals served in workshops, trainings, and conferences; and become a leading advocate for the international development community on issues of importance to the sector. During this period, InsideNGO has also continued to expand the range of benefits and services offered to members. Dente succeeds InsideNGO Founder and President Alison Smith, who stepped down in February but who will remain affiliated with the organization in her new role as President Emerita.

“For nearly 40 years, InsideNGO has been inside the NGO community, supporting organizations and individuals as they collectively address the world’s most pressing social issues,” Dente said. “I look forward to engaging with nonprofit, business, and government leaders around the globe to help advance our common agenda of a better world, with more resources and opportunities for the people who need them the most.”

Prior to joining InsideNGO, Dente had a 20+ year career as a management consultant, as a partner at both Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney, and working with the Criterion Institute and Price Waterhouse. He serves on the board of directors for PM4NGOs, a global nonprofit focusing on project management in development, and has served on the C-Suite Advisory Committee of Independent Sector. Dente holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth.

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InsideNGO is a membership association of 330 international non-governmental organizations and sector experts in the international development and relief community working together to achieve global impact. We provide training and learning opportunities, peer-to-peer exchange, sector expertise, and links to industry partners to help our members build their operational and management capacity.

ERP Workshop – Washington, DC

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): How to Select, Implement, & Avoid the Common Pitfalls

When: Thu, May 29, 2014 – Fri, May 30, 2014

Where: Washington, DC, United States

Overview

Is your organization considering investing in an integrated business system solution? This one-day workshop is an immersion in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), a management tool to integrate departments and functions – such as finance, HR, procurement, and contracts management —  onto a single computer system that meets your organization’s needs.  Making sure that the systems “talk” to each other and share data across the organization is a monumental challenge.

This workshop will help you minimize costs and administrative time in looking for the correct selection and facilitate a successful implementation.

Speak with technical experts and members who have gone through the process. Learn from their triumphs and challenges. Get the information you need to make those key decisions that can mean the difference between spending or saving tens of thousands of dollars.

SPECIAL OFFER: ERP considerations and implementations take a team. Register one person and bring a colleague for free!

During this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The current state of the ERP marketplace as it relates to the international non-profit sector, as well as how best to navigate the various vendors and consultants
  • Different approaches and viewpoints from both peer IT and finance professionals for selecting and deploying an ERP system
  • The key IT architectural issues that must be considered before selecting an ERP system, particularly for field offices
  • How to decide whether internal execution or outside consulting is best for an ERP implementation
  • The key business drivers for selecting a new ERP solution
  • How to put together a request for proposal (RFP) to various ERP vendors
  • A formal process approach on how to analyze your existing internal system and business processes, streamline those processes, and integrate them into your existing or new ERP system
  • Approaches for training both your headquarters and field staff on a new ERP system

Who Should Attend

Information Technology, Finance, HR, Monitoring & Evaluation, Knowledge Management, and Operations professionals with responsibility for organization-wide systems integration.
Due to the format and nature of the sessions, and to maximize the experience for participants,attendance at this workshop is limited to international relief and development organizations.

SPECIAL OFFER. To bring a colleague for free, please have them Register by selecting Individual Registrant – Option 3. Print out a Registration Form and email to  (workshops@insidengo.org)

Location

ICRW
1120 20th St, NW
Suite-500, North Tower
Washington, DC  20036

The nearest Metro stop to the workshop is Farragut North on the Red Line.

Registration

For more information and registration co to:

https://www.insidengo.org/events/detail.htm?e=DCERPSymposium0514

Opening & Closing a Field Office – Washington, DC – April 2014

April 23, 2014

University of California, Washington Center

Washington, DC

Instructor: Bill LesterVicki Tsiliopoulos

Overview

Opening or closing an office may have many logistical, legal, financial, and staffing related implications. Save your organization time and money and avoid many of the obstacles that organizations face.

Join us at this annual one-day workshop where we will provide practical, how-to guidance and many lessons learned by practitioners with hands-on experience in both opening and closing an office. A complete manual, templates, checklists, and procedural documents will be provided.

Get your questions answered

  • What are best practices when opening an office in a new country?
  • How do you find local legal representation, set up a bank account, or find a technology provider?
  • When closing an office, who should be involved? What do we do with our equipment?
  • What are some helpful strategies for managing an unexpected office opening or closing?
  • What are some of the obstacles most often faced by our local national staff when opening or closing an office?

Program Content

This workshop will include topics on:

  • Approval for the Office
  • Legal Representation and Registration
  • Security & Site Selection
  • Budgeting, Procurement, Insurance
  • Staffing
  • Technology & Communications
  • The Unplanned Office
  • Post Opening Review
  • Project and Emergency Office Closings
  • Disposition of Fixed Assets
  • Leases, Vendors, Records
  • Employee Contract Obligations

Learning Objectives

  • Understand critical elements in opening and closing an office
  • Learn key pain points in the process and the steps to document your organizational lessons learned as part of an operational knowledge management strategy
  • Develop and/or improve your organizational standard operating procedures for opening and closing a field office

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for staff members who have operational responsibilities for opening and/or closing a field office. The course level is intermediate. No advance preparation is required. No prerequisites.

For more information: https://www.insidengo.org/events/detail.htm?e=DCOpening0414

Opening & Closing a Field Office – Washington, DC – May 2013

May 01, 2013 9:00am – May 01, 2013 5:00pm

 

More information here

Location: University of CA, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington, DC
 
Do you need to know:What are the steps to take when opening an office in a new country? How to find local legal representation, set up a bank account, or find a technology provider?

When closing an office, who should be involved? What do we do with our equipment? How to handle an unplanned closing?

What are some good practices in this area and lessons learned from colleagues in opening and/or closing an office?
Overview

While organizations open and close offices in different ways, there are common elements to each and common issues to resolve. This one-day workshop will provide practical, how-to guidance by practitioners with hands-on experience.  Participants will walk through opening and closing a field office with provided templates, checklists, and procedural documents. Presenters will provide both lessons learned and guidance in good practices and request that participants share their experiences. Participants will receive a sample manual.

Program Content

This workshop will include topics on: Approval for the Office, Budgeting, In-Country Resources, Legal Representation, Security & Site Selection, Payroll, Technology Needs, Insurance, Training, Post Opening Review, Project and Emergency Office Closings, Disposition of Fixed Assets, Severance, Termination of Leases and more.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand critical elements in opening and closing an office
  • Learn key lessons learned in the process and understand the importance of documenting organizational lessons learned and share with operational teams
  • Develop and or improve organizational standard operating procedures for opening and closing a field office

Using SharePoint in the Global NGO Environment

A Full Day Colloquium and Peer Exchange

Washington, DC

June 21, 2012 ♦ 9:00am-4:30pm

Join us in Washington, DC, for a 1-day colloquium on Using SharePoint in the Global NGO Environment.  This event is for experienced SharePoint users and is limited to international NGOs that have been using SharePoint 2007/2010 or BPOS/ Office365 for 6 months or more. The goal is to share best practices and real-life models for SharePoint configuration, administration, publishing and use. The colloquium will be facilitated by experienced users from among your peer NGOs and will include demos, panels, and discussion.

InsideNGO, with co-sponsor NPOKI, is conducting this event – don’t miss the opportunity!  Please share this information with colleagues who might also benefit.

Preliminary Topics:

  • User adoption: lessons learned
  • Information Architecture
  • Office 365/ Cloud options: why and when should you adopt?
  • SharePoint without Internet Explorer: Macs, iOS, Android
  • SharePoint in remote places: options, hardware acceleration, offline
  • Search
  • Taxonomy – tagging and meta information in SharePoint
  • Migration from 2007 to 2010 or to Office365

What you will take away:

  • Identify best practices/lessons learned for those currently using SharePoint in a global NGO environment
  • Learn specific setup and customization methods that enhance the SharePoint experience
  • Network with others using SharePoint in a low resource environment
  • Get answers and suggestions to your specific SharePoint problems
  • Learn about training, deployment, budgeting, and evaluation of SharePoint
  • Learn what not to use SharePoint for
  • Learn how the limitations of using of SharePoint in the cloud might actually work to your advantage!

If you have other topics that you would like discussed or would like to be a presenter, please contact wlester@npoki.org .

The link below will take you to detailed information for the colloquium including registration, fees schedule, and presenter information.  The fee for this event is $150 for InsideNGO and NPOKI members to cover the cost of lunch and event preparation.

Using SharePoint in the Global NGO Environment: http://bit.ly/K13vQa

Opening & Closing a Field Office – March 16, 2011 – Washington, DC

“Very informative and excellently presented. Great intro to all the various elements and helpful pointing out of issues I’d never considered. The practical how-to information was invaluable.” 2010 Attendee Comments

InsideNGO’s annual Opening and Closing a Field Office Workshop is a must attend workshop for those with operational responsibility for opening and/or closing an office. Experienced practitioners share lessons learned through actual case studies and provide attendees with templates, checklists, and procedural documents as part of an “Office Opening and Closing Manual. The highly interactive format encourages attendees to share their experiences and pose their questions.

Some Questions The Workshop Will Answer:

  • I need to set-up systems, find local legal representation, set up a bank account and train staff. How do I make sure I am not forgetting any critical steps and doing everything correctly?
  • Where should we look for a new office and what type of facility is best?
  • The donor has just terminated our grant. The government says we must continue the program and staff threaten to sue if we close the office. What should I do?
  • We are closing our office. The government says all the equipment and some supplies belong to them. HQ  says we wait for the donor to tell us what to do? Who is correct and what do I do?
  • If we lose our funding, what obligations does our organization have to our local staff?

What Topics Will Be Covered:

Office Approval, Registration, Budgeting, Legal Representation, Staffing, Payroll, Technology Needs, Insurance, Training, Post Opening Review, Project Closing, Office Shutdown Procedures, Disposition of Fixed Assets, Severance, Termination of Leases, Preparation for Unforeseen Incidents and more.

Who Should Attend?

Staff members who have global operational responsibility; compliance staff responsible for ensuring adherence to donor’s and organization’s requirements and local laws; Project Directors and Managers responsible for implementing projects with field offices.

The course level is intermediate. No advance preparation is required. No prerequisites.

Outcomes – By Participating In This Workshop You Will Be Able To:

  • Develop or improve your organization’s Standard Operating Procedures for Opening and Closing a Field  Office.
  • Successfully serve on an operational  opening or closing office team
  • Mitigate risk through the understanding of  good practices and incorporation of lessons learned into your organization’s processes

Earn HRCi Credits
This program has been approved for 6.75 (Specified-International) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

https://sites.google.com/a/insidengo.org/dcopen0311/

ERP Workshop – April 7-8, 2011 – Washington, DC/Virtual

What is an ERP system?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, and for most organizations it is a combination of their major IT systems for business operations, including, but not limited to: finance, HR, procurement and contracts management. In some cases, all these pieces will come from one vendor, and in other cases, multiple vendors. How these systems talk to each other and share common data across the organization is a monumental challenge.

Are you considering rolling out a new ERP system in your organization? Struggling to understand the many moving parts of selecting an ERP solution? Looking to ensure your ERP implementation is a success across the entire organization?

These are the questions every organization faces when it comes time to evaluate a new ERP system. The ERP evaluation and implementation process can be a multi-year project for many organizations at a great investment.

So, why reinvent the wheel? Many of NPOKI’s members have either gone through this process, are in the middle of an implementation or are considering one right now.

InsideNGO, one of our partner organizations, is conducting a new 2-Day workshop focusing exclusively on ERP selection and implementation in the international and NGO sector. It is an opportunity for participants to learn from each other’s triumphs and challenges in this area, in which key decision points can mean the difference between spending or saving tens of thousands of dollars.

The workshop will take place over two days. At the end of the second day, a reception will be held with various vendors available to discuss their products. Using this design, attendees can formulate questions during the first day, talk with vendors, and then come back with new questions during the second day. Software Product Vendors will not be allowed to participate in any way during the workshop.

Some popular ERP systems currentlyused by Internatuinal NGOs include

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Micrsoft Dynmics @ Serenic Navigatir
  • Agresso
  • Saxe X3 ERP
  • Lawson

During this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The current state of the ERP marketplace as it relates to the international non-profit sector as well as how best to navigate the various vendors and consultants
  • Different approaches and viewpoints from both peer IT and finance professionals for selecting and deploying an ERP system
  • What are some of the key IT architectural issues that must be considered before selecting an ERP system, particular field offices
  • How to decide whether internal execution or outside consulting is best for an ERP implementation
  • Understanding the key business drivers for selecting a new ERP solution
  • How to put together a request for proposal (RFP) to various ERP vendors
  • A formal process approach on how to analyze your existing internal system and business processes, streamline those processes, and integrate them into your existing or new ERP system
  • Various approaches for training both your headquarters and field staff on a new ERP system

Who Should Attend This Workshop:

Information Technology, Finance, HR and Operations professionals with responsibility for organization-wide systems integration

For more information: https://sites.google.com/a/insidengo.org/dcerp0411/home

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