Time to listen (Danya Brown, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects)
Dayna Brown Director, Listening ProgramCDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Staff are evaluated andrewarded for managingprojects on time and onbudget
“Donors demand task focused work. Staffwould love to have more time to talk topeople in the camp, to spend the night in thecamp, but we have reports due, withfacts, and numbers and it needs to be right tokeep the funding coming. The donors are nothelping us be respectful because they comewith their new ideas, trends and we have tojump…we end up with ridiculous time framesto do things. We cut out the process andspend the rest of the year doing damagecontrol.” Director of an INGO on the Thai-Burma border
Staff would be evaluated andrewarded for quality ofrelationships and results thatrecipients say make lastingpositive changes in their lives
Monitoring andevaluation is done byproviders on projectspending and delivery ofplanned assistance
“What impact are you talking about? Theimpact is just spending money. Goods aredelivered with no sense of socialdevelopment. There is no interest todevelop people; it is all reduced topracticality. Just know how to write a report.The focus is on skills put into theframework of outputs with no reflectionincluded.” Director of a Lebanese NGO
Monitoring, evaluation, andfollow-up would be done byproviders and recipients onthe results and long-termeffects of assistance
By efficiently providing tangible andintangible inputs, international actorscan effectively cause, catalyze, orsupport positive economic, social andpolitical change in other countries.
The role of international assistance inpromoting positive social, political andeconomic change is to expand the range ofoptions that people in a society can consider,to engage with them in weighing the costsand benefits of each option and, from this, toco-develop and co-implement a jointstrategy for pursuing the changes they seek.
Policydevelopment and use Procedures Allocation of resources Who we hire and work with
◦ In how you do your job?◦ In how your agency, department or program works?◦ With your partners and stakeholders?◦ With your donors and supporters?◦ Across the humanitarian sector?
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