& Development NGOs
Domain of Practice
The Hauser Center’s
work with humanitarian & development NGOs seeks to
enhance the impact of the field by strengthening
interactions between scholars and practitioners.
Post-Conflict Communities Event
With Nancy Lindborg,
President, Mercy Corps and Sherine Jayawickrama, Domain
NGO Leaders Forum:
The domain convenes the
NGO Leaders Forum, a semi-annual retreat for chief
executives of major U.S.-based international relief and
development NGOs. These principals-only gatherings provide
sheltered space for CEOs to build trust, explore frontier
challenges and consider collective action on pressing
co-convenes, with CIVICUS, the annual International
Advocacy NGO (IANGO) Workshop. The IANGO Workshop
gathers international NGOs and networks advocating for
policy change – in realms including development,
conservation and human rights – to help their leaders
explore shared challenges and foster collaborative
NGO Leaders Seminar
: The domain sponsors a seminar
series that brings NGO leaders to Harvard to lead a
seminar, and engage with faculty and students on issues
of mutual interest. Over the past two years, the domain
has hosted leaders of CARE, ChildFund International,
Heifer International, InterAction, Mercy Corps, Save the
Children and World Vision.
The domain conducts research on topics related to the
characteristics, approaches and effectiveness of
international NGOs (INGOs), especially INGOs in the
humanitarian and development sphere. Some of this
research is conducted to inform discussions of the NGO
The domain seeks to
link students with NGO careers, engage students in
exploring issues facing NGOs in their course work, and
connect students with NGO practitioners. For example, the
domain links students with opportunities to work with NGOs
on course-related projects and internships.
Development Study Group:
The domain convenes a biweekly study group that
considers issues related to the evolving roles of NGOs
and specific management and leadership challenges.
Topics have included: dilemmas related to measuring NGO
performance; the puzzle of NGO legitimacy; challenges of
establishing and sustaining an NGO; and evolving NGO
advocacy related to poverty and climate change.
domain manages a blog that seeks to connect NGO
realities and challenges with insightful scholarly work
and, in turn, highlight NGO experiences and knowledge
that might ground and enrich scholarly work. Students
and NGO practitioners are welcome to write for the blog
and participate in discussions on the blog.
domain organizes panel discussions focused on aid
effectiveness, U.S. foreign assistance reform and
integration/elevation of U.S. global development policy.
These panels consider compelling real-time policy issues
through an NGO lens.
To Engage with the Humanitarian &
Development NGOs Domain:
• Join the NGOs & Development study group – every other
Tuesday at 4:00-5:00 pm @ Weil Town Hall (beginning
• Contact Sherine Jayawickrama
if you are
interested in writing a guest post for the
Humanitarian & Development NGOs blog or if you
need help connecting with NGOs for course-related
projects, internships and careers.
• Join our student discussions with NGO leaders and attend
our seminars and policy panels.
• Join our Facebook Group