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International Projects


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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
  24. 24. Questions?