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Mango members on Placement: Aderemi Sotunbo in Sweden with the Life and Peace Institute
16 October 2017
Aderemi Sotunbo is a seasoned Mango register member and has previously been placed by us with Save the Children in the DRC. He recently caught up with us to let us know how he is enjoying his most recent placement as Director of Finance and Administration for the Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. Aderemi tells us how he has already been on a whirlwind tour of East Africa since he started three months ago, and how he’s been keeping very busy in his new role.
This July I started my role as Director of Finance and Administration for Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. I feel like this role came at the perfect time! The confirmation of my appointment actually came on my birthday. Over my last few roles I have spent a great deal of time based in field locations, so I was ready to make the change to an HQ role.
Mango members on Placement: Cathrine Meda in Ghana with the Sabre Trust
11 October 2017
Mango members on Placement: Nick Roberts in Iraq with Tearfund
11 October 2017
The human side of excellence
17 July 2017
The humanitarian and development sector inspires people around the world with its strong purpose, innovative solutions, and spirit of collaboration. Yet change for our sector is accelerating with the growing complexity and challenge of social problems as well as increasing pressures on funding, organizational models, and delivering long-term results. Disruptive change seems to be the new constant in our sector. Many days, it seems, disruptions emerge across multiple levels, not only from the external environment, but also at the organizational and partner level, and even at the team and individual level.
What can help? As a community, we believe that operational capabilities and operational excellence enable individuals and organizations to better navigate, adapt, and thrive in periods of change. But operational capabilities are not static, and practices and approaches are evolving more quickly, often influenced by the same external forces.
Humentum: Partnerships for Global Change
17 July 2017
Humentum is all about collaboration and increasing the power of community. Mango, InsideNGO, and LINGOs have been collaborating for the last ten years and it is a natural step for us to merge so we can further increase our reach and impact. Our most recent collaborative project has been the creation of the FMDPro, the first ever international financial management qualification for progamme staff in humanitarian and development work. The working group that developed the scope and content of FMDPro was drawn from our members and key stakeholders and included: international organisations; key network organisations like Bond; and local NGOs, including one from Syria. This demonstrates the power of bringing together a diverse group of organisations to work for a common purpose. We also worked closely and were supported by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, which will be an important and strategic partner for Humentum in the future.
This focus on collaboration will be at the heart of Humentum’s strategy. Unlike many membership organisations, we will seek to attract a very diverse range of members and other partners rather than serving a particular constituency. The driver for membership will be about our mission and purpose, which is to advance operational excellence for social good. We are particularly keen to find ways that local organisations can become involved. To achieve this, we will develop partnerships with international membership organisations such as CIVICUS, ICVA, and the NEAR network, and also with national membership organisations across the world. We aim to increase the value that these membership organisations provide to their members in relation to operational excellence.