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  • International Projects committee Search for potential Partners and Projects Select Project(s) to support Send decision/preferences to NINO Pick project leader Project planning Project implementation & follow-up
  • Lead Chapter in deciding on projects Informed decision-making & representative of chapter Fall focused on search and selection Regular meetings beginning early fall Decision making & building chapter timelines/goals Close connection with chapter finances Lead Chapter in deciding on projects Spring focused on revamping & supporting project leaders and teams
  • understand where work is going
  • Strong, local leadership : Qualified local leaders with experience in the community and project area Community Ownership : Support from community & ownership over project direction Role for Students : Meaningful & beneficial role for students No professional experience required Feasibility : Capacity Clear timeline Realistic goals Safety
  • Put an arrow (or something that connects) in between the two that shows building the project leads to the clean water Highlight “300 Families” Get a picture of the clean water system Picture of one of the 300 families Students from the UNC Chapter worked side-by-side with community volunteers to build the water system. Nourish invested $3,000 as a part of a $22,000 project, with collaborative funding from other sponsors. With only a couple weeks left, one of those sponsors inexplicably pulled their funding. The Nourish team rallied to raise the $6,000 needed to complete the project.
  • Publically accessible database Browse & upload projects Evaluation rubric -- What we use, might be helpful
  • Chapter wide vote Committee wide vote Committee narrows it down, chapter wide vote..
  • Project Leader 1. Coordinate project decisions 2. Report on the projects progress 3. Submit a post-project report 4. Communicate with the Partner Organization 5. Communicate with the Nourish National Office
  • 1. Student Misconduct 1. Failing to complete travel registration 2. Failing to complete waivers 3. Failing to follow student code of conduct 4. Failing to abide by any applicable laws, rules or regulations
  • International Projects

    1. 1. International Projects Search & Selection
    2. 2. <ul><li>Individual Chapters work with community-based organizations called Partners on initiatives aimed at poverty reduction called Projects </li></ul>Overview <ul><li>Bird’s eye view </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Nourish partnerships enable college students to play a part in eradicating poverty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students gain valuable experience, leading to a long term impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Projects create a significant impact towards reducing poverty in communities </li></ul></ul>Overview <ul><li>Bird’s eye view </li></ul>
    4. 4. Overview <ul><li>Bird’s eye view </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Community ownership and a plan for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly defined objectives, measurable outcomes and outputs </li></ul><ul><li>An appropriate role and safety for student participants </li></ul>Project Goals <ul><li>A successful project </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Mutually beneficial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners receive funding & volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students receive valuable experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regular reporting on progress and status at the completion of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Post-project follow-up </li></ul>Project Goals <ul><li>A successful project </li></ul>
    7. 7. Projects Timeline <ul><li>Overview </li></ul>
    8. 8. International Projects Committee <ul><li>Duties & Responsibilities </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Committee leader representing executive board & committee well </li></ul><ul><li>Keep chapter updated </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive towards new members & interested students </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure conduct and partnerships follow Nourish policy & represents Nourish responsibly </li></ul>International Projects Committee <ul><li>Duties & Responsibilities </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Your team & contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Your University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other student organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Database </li></ul>Searching for potential projects <ul><li>Where to look </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Strong, local leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Community Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Role for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul>Searching for potential projects <ul><li>What to look for – Nourish criteria </li></ul>
    12. 12. Example Project Problem being addressed: Half a billion people rely on peanuts for protein. Primarily women and children spend more than 4 billion hours shelling them by hand. Project description: A locally-owned production facility for the Universal Nut Sheller, which is cheap to produce, easily replicable and 50 times more efficient than shelling by hand. Partner Organizations: Full Belly Project, a Wilmington NC non-profit that addresses poverty through labor-saving locally-replicable devices and Henry Masagazi, a Ugandan businessman. Nourish’s Role: Grants helped pay for constructing the facility. Students worked to get the facility off the ground, install equipment, build machines and help market the nut sheller. Community Impact: Trained two workers, marketed and sold 15 shellers. Peanut Sheller Project in Uganda EXAMPLE PROJECT
    13. 13. <ul><li>Good parts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revenue generating model – potential for sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing a real need & clear impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear role for students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problems? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full Belly Project is not based in Uganda – suspect community ownership </li></ul></ul>Example Project
    14. 14. <ul><li>Project database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publically accessible database containing approved projects sourced by NINO & chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a directory of quality projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avenue for approving projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation rubric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we use, may be helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision making process is a part of the learning </li></ul></ul>Searching for potential projects <ul><li>Resources available </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Get your project pre-approved. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If it’s on the short list, go ahead and submit it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make a group decision. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter / committee evaluation & votes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key questions to ask: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this a good match for our Chapter (money, student interest)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this the place where we can have the greatest impact? </li></ul></ul>Project Selection <ul><li>Key parts </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Chapters submit partnership preferences to NINO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We’ll approve if you can demonstrate your Chapter has the capacity to complete this project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific skills (language) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These checks are in place to make sure that we don’t over promise and under-deliver. </li></ul></ul>Nourish Selection Process <ul><li>Submit your choice to the National Office </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Submitting a potential project for pre-approval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel free to submit at any point in time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Submitting preferences/decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once you can demonstrate readiness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final deadline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need 8 weeks left before finals </li></ul></ul>Deadlines
    18. 18. <ul><li>Pick Project leader – one for each project & chapter </li></ul><ul><li>View Project planning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Let everyone know about it! </li></ul><ul><li>Important Pieces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong chapter-partner relationship (MofA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picking the right leader, supporting them </li></ul></ul>Post-Selection
    19. 19. <ul><li>Planning overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting deadlines & budgeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety & logistics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team organization & preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding the right leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Becoming an effective group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partner Relationship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorandum of Agreements </li></ul></ul>Project Planning <ul><li>Overview </li></ul>
    20. 20. Project Cancelations <ul><li>The National Office reserves the right to cancel projects. </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Be realistic and conservative with finances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep open communication with Partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project budgets can change, up and down – take it seriously </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We do not want to make promises we can not follow through on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Money in account before signing final M of A </li></ul></ul>Closing Thoughts
    22. 22. <ul><li>Make decisions as a group – important for sharing ownership and getting group buy in </li></ul><ul><li>Returning students are the best advertisement for your chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Projects build student leadership & capacity </li></ul>Closing Thoughts
    23. 23. <ul><li>Limited Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to plan effectively & plan responsibly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefit of choosing early </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to rally campus to support you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearer goals for year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money carryover not a problem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take personal responsibly in decisions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing projects, submitting preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking with Partners </li></ul></ul>Closing Thoughts
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