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Priority setting in NGOs: Learning across human rights, humanitarianism and conservation

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Date:  Friday 31 March, 2017
Time:  9.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m.
Venue: 20 Kingsway, (Mc Kenna) - KSE.1.04
Speaker(s):  Dorota Wanat, Amnesty International, Ignacio Leon-Garcia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Eddie Game, The Nature Conservancy
Chair:   Dr Monika Krause         

International NGOs are committed to values that are universal, or global in ambition, yet they work with limited resources and have to manage their commitments to different causes, places, and people. Priority setting is subject to explicit strategic discussion in NGOs but it is also shaped by management tools and by the tacit knowledge of experienced professionals.  NGOs are under increasing pressure to formally account for their decision-making, both before and after the fact.   

This day-long workshop invites practitioners in a range of NGOs to examine priority-setting in different types of organizations and reflect on their own skills and experiences. 

The workshop will include presentations by senior practitioners from Amnesty International, the UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs, and The Nature Conservancy. 

It will also include presentation of research findings from the ESRC-funded research project “Triaging Values” led by Dr. Monika Krause (LSE), discussion of case studies, and the sharing of experiences by participants.  

This workshop will further participants' skills to 

- familiarise themselves with priority-setting tools used in different sectors 

- recognise and account for practical and ethical dilemmas relating to the use of priority-setting tools by NGOs and/or activist networks; 

- reflect on the role different kinds of measurements play in decision-making 

- discuss challenges that are specific to human rights NGOs, humanitarian NGOs or conservation NGOs in light of the experiences in other NGOs 

- examine the distributional effects of NGO decision-making in the aggregate 

- reflect on their own values, principles and skills as it relates to priority setting in NGOs 

Participation in the workshop is free to successful applicants and a limited number of limited travel bursaries are available. 

Please apply with an email detailing your motivation and relevant academic and practical experience by February 7, 2017. Please attach a cv and let us know if you would require financial assistance for traveling to London from outside London.


Dr. Monika Krause, London School of Economics, m.krause@lse.ac.uk

Dr. Katherine Robinson, Goldsmiths, University of London     

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSETriagingvalues           

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