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Check out the sessions we are offering at OpEx Africa Online!

Monday June 1, 2020

Digital Transformation, The People Experience, and The Journey To Future-Proofed Business Operations

UNIT4 Business Software

Facing increasing operational complexity and a big productivity challenge, most not-for-profit organizations are still fragmented in the back office, many are unsure how to navigate digital transformation, and the majority are not developing strategic alignment across integrated, business-wide systems. There is a huge opportunity to foster meaningful engagement through automation and configurable processes, and to improve flexibility so you can react more quickly to changing circumstances. Join us to discuss how a digital transformation of enterprise systems sets the foundation for your organization’s People Experience and future-proofs your organization so you can continue to deliver impact where it’s most needed..

Jeroen Figee, Senior Solution Manager, Not for Profit, UNIT4 Business Software

Chris Brewer, Account Executive, Not for Profit, UNIT4 Business Software

Monday June 1, 2020

When IFRS Isn't Enough: Developing A Financial Reporting Framework For Non-Profit Organisations


This session will explore the why, what and how of Project #IFR4NPO - developing the world's first internationally applicable financial reporting guidance for Non-Profit Organizations. Engaging with panelists from John Snow Inc. (financial statement preparer), Open Society Foundation (user) and ICPAK (accounting body), participants will leave this session with a better understanding of why the world needs applicable guidance, confident about the credibility and validity of the process and status of the guidance issued, having discussed and shared their views from the perspective of different stakeholders, and aware of how to stay engaged, informed, and ensure their voices are heard as the project progresses.

Samantha Musoke, Project Director IFR4NPO, Humentum

Caroline Kariuki, Director of Finance & Administration, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Cliff Nyandoro, Manager, Technical Services, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya

Innocent Masikati, Head of Business Development and Operations, John Snow Inc. South Africa

Monday June 1, 2020

Towards Localization: Promoting More Effective Partnerships With Local Actors

International Rescue Committee

One of the key challenges the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and peer agencies have faced in delivering on Grand Bargain localization commitments has been a lack of appropriate policies, processes and tools for working in partnership, and gaps in staff capacities. Over the last 2.5 years, IRC has developed the Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results (PEER) System, addressing all aspects of partnerships, from how they set offices up for success in partnerships, and how they make initial partnership decisions, through collaborative program design, due diligence and contractual components, and the effective management of partnership projects, as well as a specific focus on mutual capacity strengthening. IRC has also rolled out a global training program to build the principles, skills and approaches required for working in partnership. This session will introduce IRC’s experiences as a platform for an interactive exploration of successes and challenges of participating agencies in pursuing more, and more effective, partnerships with local actors.

Shane Scanlon, Partnerships Director, International Rescue Committee

Eleni Misganaw, Partnerships Manager, International Rescue Committee

Masresha Kibret Haile-Michael, Community Development Program Manager, Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization

Monday June 1, 2020

Practical Safeguarding Challenges During Project Management

VSO International

Those involved in programming and operations will recognize there are many practical challenges to integrating safeguarding thinking within projects and programmes, and to responding well to safeguarding incidents. In this session, hear from VSO about their our own hard-won learning around a few such challenges, such as building safeguarding thinking into programme design, harmonising safeguarding processes in consortia, taking a survivor-led approach, and encouraging reporting. Then, attendees will be invited to share their own reflections, learning, challenges, and concerns. This session will be less about providing the answers, and more about drawing on the wisdom in the room to help us all to become good reflective practitioners when it comes to this vital dimension of our work.

Sarah Moon, Global Safeguarding Lead, VSO International 

Olayinka Omojokun, Global Safeguarding Officer, VSO

Rachel Boyett, Global Safeguarding Officer, VSO International 

Monday June 1, 2020

Breaking Down Silos Through Innovation: Promoting Continuous Learning In A Matrix Organisation

PATH & Humentum

This session will bring out tools and processes that learning and development (L&D) units can employ in innovative ways to deliver organization initiatives in a matrix organization Bring out discussions on how promoting continuous learning through engaging with various stakeholders and leveraging cross functional capabilities can a) Create synergy and breakdown silos by engaging diverse teams and b) Result in improved service delivery.

Rachel Gathagu, Online Member Services Specialist, Humentum

James Soki, Strategic Partnerships Fellow, PATH

Monday June 1, 2020

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability And Learning (MEAL) Systems In Practice For Quality Programs: Lessons Learned


Most NGOs have taken on MEAL as a response to donor demands, yet development of a functional MEAL system that supports program quality, reflection and learning has remained a nightmare. Program quality is a challenge and accountability and learning are even more challenging. Come and learn about setting out and operationalizing simple and functional MEAL systems that support program quality, review, reflection and learning. Attendees will discuss and have a better understanding of the key issues and components that are very important for integration of MEAL, key limitations and mitigation measures.

Stanley Wobusobozi, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, DefendDefenders

Monday June 1, 2020

We Can’t Go On Like This: How To Finally Let Go Of Development’s Status Quo


To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need new development models that put the Global South in the driver’s seat and shift the Global North to a new—and potentially uncomfortable, for some—supporting role. Pape Gaye will highlight inspiring, effective examples of collective action, discuss novel and agile development models, and challenge participants to work together in new ways for greater impact in low- and lower-middle income countries.

Pape Gaye, President Emeritus, IntraHealth

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Accounting For The Rest Of Us: How Simplicity Builds Trust In Grassroots Organizations

Accountable Partners

For small community organizations around the world, the push towards doing their accounting on a computer can seem like progress. In reality what many small partners need is a simple handwritten system that is intuitive, transparent and accessible. In this interactive workshop, participants will share their experiences with grassroots accounting, and discuss when doing accounting on a computer is a help and when it is a hindrance. Together we will explore how accounting can be demystified and streamlined to suit the environments where small grassroots organizations work.

Suzanne Smith, Founder and Director, Accountable Partners

Taryn Ash, Program Director, Accountable Partners

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Subsidiarity In Principle: Decentralization Of Human Resource Management (HRM) In Multinational Organizations

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

This session will provide a better understanding of the subsidiarity principle in terms of the opportunities and challenges that decentralization, delegation, and empowerment approaches bring to HRM in international and multinational organization, as well as its best practices. It will also showcase World Agroforestry Centre's (ICRAF) experience in engaging a cross-section of Human Resource management (HRM) stakeholders in the process of transferring the HRM policies and practices.

Beatrix Gacho, HR Organization Development Manager, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Loise Makara, HR MIS Specialist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Dollars To Outcomes: Marrying Your Organizations Financial And Program Data

Oracle NetSuite

We know that one of the critical challenges our customers and prospects face is around marrying and unifying the data used by fundraising/ programs / finance. Often, these functions rely on different systems to manage their data: Finance may use NetSuite, Program M&E may use Amp Impact from Vera Solutions, Fundraising may use Salesforce, etc. And unless there have been connectors or integrations built between the systems, the data exist in solitude, useful only to the department managing it and divorced from the data housed by other departments. This condition is common. And it prevents a serious union of financial with program data, which would enable an organization to tell more meaningful stories about its Dollars to Outcomes performance. Over the last year, NetSuite has embarked on a deeply compelling and important Dollars to Outcomes journey. Learn about the outcomes of a resultant white paper, and come armed to think broadly about how to better link your data universe so that you can better talk about and report on how dollars are spent, toward which programs, to achieve which outcomes.

Kate Sharum Daniels, Head of Social Impact Partnerships - Int'l NGOs and Foundations, Oracle NetSuite

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Amplifying The Voice Of End Users In The Continuum Of Care: Approaches, Tools And Techniques


While health service providers continually see an influx of interventions offered to them for use, the focus has typically been on the solutions and seldom the user. This practical session will showcase PATH's Living Labs user-centered approach, tools, and techniques in amplifying the voice of the user in solution design for positive health impact. Participants will leave the session with an appreciation of user-centered design and some practical tools to ensure meaningful engagement of users in their work.

Nelson Cheruiyot, Creative Designer Living Lab, PATH

Sue Wairimu, Creative Design, PATH

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Building Sustainable Business Solutions For The Rural Poor

Nuru International

Nuru Kenya shall lead a discussion on the sustainable approaches being employed in rural areas. The organization is building sustainable business solutions for the rural poor hence the participants shall have an opportunity to learn how to increase participation, inculcate ownership, transparency and accountability in the management of farmer led poverty reduction interventions. The team shall also share how NGOs and the governments can increase inclusivity, incorporate feedback and ensure the rural poor invest in creating and implementing solutions that enable them to address their challenges sustainably.

Fatuma Nyanjong, Cooperatives and Market Linkages Programme Manager, Nuru International

Pauline Wambeti, Country Director, Nuru International

Tom Kibet, Managing Director, Nuru Social Entreprises, Nuru International

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Disintegrating Protectionsim: Working Collaboratively For Standardized Sector Learning

Humanitarian Leadership Academy & Humentum

As language, process, tools and recognition of learning, become more standardised and systematic, this reduces onboarding for organisations and supports individuals to perform in their roles as they can transfer and apply existing knowledge and skills and build on these, rather than acclimatising to new systems, tools and processes. This session will examine the role of more cohesive and standardised learning built collaboratively for the sector and reflect on the challenges and successes of working in this manner.

Jill Nicholson, Strategic Partnerships Adviser, Humanitarian Leadership Academy

Rachel Gathagu, Online Member Services Specialist, Humentum

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Localization: Perspectives On Change


The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2016 brought significant attention to Localization. The Grand Bargain confirmed a commitment from the largest humanitarian donors and aid organizations to make sure national and local partners are involved in decision-making processes in any humanitarian response, and deliver assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles. Because local actors often have the best understanding of the context and acceptance by the people in need of assistance and protection, they are essential for an effective humanitarian response. This panel will seek to discuss the localization agenda, its effect in the region and what does localization mean outside these larger frameworks / international agreements.

Arthur Larok, Federation Development Director, ActionAid International

Rose Adem, Finance Director, Lwala Community Alliance

Stan Getui, Investment Principal, Luminate

Rosemary Muganda, Deputy Country Director, PATH

Joyce Tamale, Co-Founder & CEO, Capital Solutions Ltd.

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Leveraging Host Community Interactions To Maximize Beneficiaries Reach: Lessons Learned

Winrock International

As the humanitarian assistance train gears towards localization and the USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, it faces hurdles and challenges especially in reaching the needy and deserving beneficiaries. The process of identifying, verifying and monitoring humanitarian assistance to ensure the right beneficiaries are reached becomes increasingly challenging and requires complex data reading and identification equipment (e.g. IRIS scanner, finger print reader, etc). The session will identify the risks, discuss the challenges, and provide solutions for local NGOs. Participants will be more enlightened on the practical and easy ways of ensuring the right beneficiaries are reached, while minimizing associated risks, in the absence of sophisticated systems and procedures.

Peter Mbogo, Director of Audit, Winrock International

Gordon Mumbo, Team Leader - SWP Sustainable Water in the Mara Bain, Winrock International

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Psychological Safety & Trauma: What It Means For Organizations And Their People

The KonTerra Group & Thrive Worldwide

In this session you will hear from three experts on how psychological safety directly affects the wellbeing of your staff as well as the success of your organization. Hear from: a HR professional about how a crisis provided an opportunity to strengthen team cohesion and individual resilience; hear from a counseling psychologist with The KonTerra Group on how trauma affects the organization; and hear from a clinical psychologist with Thrive Worldwide on how psychological safety is the foundation for preventing safeguarding and code of conduct violations.

Erin Rotich, Thrive Worldwide

Ruth Matoya, KonTerra Group

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Preparing Local Partners To Receive Direct Funding From USAID: The CRS Uganda Experience

Catholic Relief Services

Because of the dynamic and quite demanding nature of PEPFAR funding, it is common for INGOs to enter transactional arrangements with local organizations for the duration of a project. This does not allow them to build trust such that the local organizations feel comfortable to share sensitive information about difficulties that they may be facing in the execution of the project. As a result, the parties miss the opportunity for the relationship to result in stronger, sustainable local organizations. This session will look at the CRS partnership model, and how we are currently working with a local partner to make them prime ready.

Sasha Angelevski, Chief of Party SOCY program, Catholic Relief Services

Eugene Quayson, Director - Grants Compliance & Organizational Capacity Strengthening, Catholic Relief Services

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Leave No One Behind: 4 Inclusive Steps To Teaching Workshops That Work


“Leave no One Behind” – it sounds good yet often workshops do just that. Most learning events are not designed using an inclusive approach. As a result, we leave both learners and valuable insights and potential solutions to pressing social problems behind. This workshop aims to resolve that with 4 inclusive steps that anyone can use for face to face and/or online/blended workshops, to overcome bias in workshop design and delivery. Not only will everyone have a seat at the table, but they will be able to meaningfully engage.

Lee-Ann Ragan, Founder, Rock.Paper.Scissors

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Feminist Leadership: Leading From The Personal

ActionAid International

This session will allow attendees to interrogate their relationship with power, appreciate how power manifests itself, and help them identify the sources of power within their organizations. Participants will unpack the Ten Principles of Feminist Leadership to help them understand how the principles can enable them to build their individual & group capacity in being better leaders. They will walk away with guidance on how to implement or apply and assess the principles in their day to day work.

Lillian Bogonko, Organisational Development Advisor, ActionAid International

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Real Time Lessons About Resiliency and Crisis Preparedness


Only months into a global pandemic, what lessons can we learn about how to prepare for the unexpected and how to respond in an environment of extreme uncertainty? Looking through the lens of COVID-19, this panel will consider how organizations can create systems that are agile enough to adapt to any crisis, since there is no way to prepare for every eventuality. Join us as we look back at lessons learned over the last several months and forward to lessons learned about what we can do now to strengthen capacity to respond to future large-scale crises.

Saba Al Mubaslat, CEO, The Asfari Foundation

Haley Bryant, Chief of Party, Capable Partners Program (CAP) Mozambique, FHI 360

Charles Usie, Country Director, Christian Aid

Ronald Kirabira, Director of Finance and Operations Africa, World Widelife Fund 

Juan Sheenan, Country Representative, Catholic Relief Services

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Playing The Advocacy Card: How Do We Track The Change We Aspire To In Advocacy?


In order to develop an integrated approach to advocacy, there is a need to ensure that development and implementation of advocacy plans is situated within the existing project cycle processes. However, it is important to note that advocacy also takes place outside of the structure of programmes, especially when it relates to important organisational priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and other global policy processes. Further, advocacy should be viewed as a fluid component in any programming structure that changes and fits to other external factors e.g. COVID-19 to bring about desired change or impact.

Our session:
1) Learn by doing using your own advocacy objective that you / your organisation is currently working on.
2) Share a practical tool and guidance to help you plan for your other advocacy initiatives
3) Help you have a closer look/ reflections on partnerships and leveraging on comparative advantage to deliver your advocacy outcome, while tracking your own contribution as an organisation.
4) To better learn with us, bring with you the advocacy objective/ issues that you are working on and let’s get learning.

Edwinah Orowe, Advocacy Adviser, Sightsavers

Rachel Temoi, Institutional Funding Advisor, Sightsavers

Thursday June 4, 2020

Learning & Development As A Change Management Agent


This session will seek to address the role of learning and development in the wake of organizational change process and how it can support the organizational change process. The session will discuss tools and the lessons learnt from a learning and development perspective supporting a change process.

Clarice Gathura, Global Talent Development & Training Officer, Interpeace

Eunice Sudi, Regional Learning & Development Advisor, Plan International

Thursday June 4, 2020

Achieving Network Impact: Beneficiary Led Networks As The Driver For Scaling Development


Investing in the potential of individuals has catalyzed significant advancements for communities globally. Beyond individual impact, there is growing evidence that access to a strong formal network can result in heightened social change and results across sectors. This session will offer insights into why development actors should go beyond costly, unsustainable, piecemeal interventions to support beneficiary driven networks for impact at scale. We will explore the development impact that has resulted from stronger networks, drawing on local evidence. We will touch on ‘network’ theories around aligned contributions, collective impact and social capital. We will discuss how to apply innovative tools and approaches to your work - including IREX’s Network Strengthening Framework - to create and grow robust networks. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding on how to create and nurture networks for impact, the features of successful networks and what benefits networks deliver for beneficiaries.

Melizsa Mugyenyi, Country Representative (Kenya and Tanzania), IREX

Thursday June 4, 2020

Building Organizational And Staff Resilience Under Shrinking Civic And Political Space

MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation

As the assault on NGOs and other organized citizen formations continues in many African Countries, it is at times such as this that we need to stand together more strongly than ever - and have the courage of our convictions. Civil Society and sole Activists need to remain steadfast with an unmatched spirit and unparalleled resilience. The need to not agonize but organize is more urgent than ever before. This session will speak on the different avenues that we need to pursue to build not only organizational resilience but staff resilience as well. This will embolden the NGOs and their staff to not relent on the mission they profess around social justice and dignity of the citizens. For this reason, there is need to expand the alliance of actors who will oppose this shrinking of civic space. When governments start working in arbitrary, unjustified and legally indefensible ways there is no neutrality in staying silent. NGOs, civic organizations and active citizens must rethink their modus operandi.

Ivan Atuyambe, Head, Leadership and Governance Academy, MS TCDC

Moses Isooba, Governance Expert, MS TCDC & Head of Operations, Africans Rising

Arthur Larok, Federation Development Director, ActionAid International

Thursday June 4, 2020

Thriving Staff Fulfill Your Organisation’s Mission: What We’ve Learned From Surveying Teams

Thrive Worldwide

Over the past two years, Thrive has created a tool to assess the well-being of an organisations staff. Through their research, clinical sessions with individual staff members, and consultations with leadership teams, they know that thriving staff members are more productive and more capable of fulfilling the mission of your organisation. In this session, learn some of the key organisational factors that must be present in order for staff members to thrive and to create a health organisation. Walk away with knowledge on well-being sector trends from Thrive Worldwide's well-being survey data, an understanding of key organisational factors that lead to a thriving workforce, and practical tips and tools to resource organisations to Thrive. This session will share one organizations experience and data while also drawing learning and experiences from attendees.

Erin Rotich, Director of Learning / Counsellor

Thursday June 4, 2020

Why Your Organization Demands A New Kind Of HR

Action Against Hunger

In this session, learn about key trends, shifts in the HR operating environment that will impact effective service delivery, and what you need to know now and in the future for the HR fraternity and the workforce. Participants will have the opportunity to share what they have done in their organization and explore how they can ready themselves for change as individuals and teams.

Irene Kirimi, Regional HR Director, Action Against Hunger

Hannah Mbugua, HR Officer, Action Against Hunger

Thursday June 4, 2020

The Road Ahead: Thoughts On The Future Of International Assistance


There is no denying that the future looks different for international assistance. Change is inevitable. But what will it look like? Who will be leading the change? What will it mean for traditional development and humanitarian assistance actors? In this session we will explore together these big questions, uncovering the challenges - and the opportunities - going forward.

Dr Christine Sow, CEO, Humentum

Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, Ford Foundation

Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer, Ecobank Foundation

Nazeema Mohamed, Executive Director, Inyathelo

Michael Mapstone, Director of International, Charities Aid Foundation