This edition of the Hauser Center E-News highlights activities and events from
September - October 2007.
People in Action
People in the News
Student Organization Activities
"WIEGO Turns 10"
In April 1997, a group of ten experts on
the informal economy - activists, practitioners, researchers, and
statisticians met at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference
Center in Bellagio, Italy to discuss how to better support the working
poor, especially women, in the informal economy. That meeting gave
"birth" to the research-policy network
called Women and Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).
For the past ten years, the Hauser Center has been the home of the WIEGO
Secretariat. Based at the Secretariat, Marty Chen, who also teaches at
the Kennedy School, is the international coordinator, Suzanne Van Hook
is the financial manager, and Beth Graves is the administrator of WIEGO.
Over the past decade, WIEGO has grown in size, capacity, and
The WIEGO network was formalized in 2006 with the adoption of the
governance and accountability structure mandated in its Constitution and
now has 120 Institutional and Individual Members from 30 countries.
Among its achievements, WIEGO has: developed expertise and a set of activities in three
policy areas - trade, urban policies, and social protection as they
relate to the informal workforce; collaborated with the UN
statistical community, and national statistical services, to develop an
expanded definition and related methods to fully capture all forms of
informality in labor force and other economic statistics; worked
closely with organizations of informal workers to help strengthen their
policy analysis and advocacy capacity; and been able to advance the
conceptual and empirical understanding of the informal economy and has
developed several new conceptual and methodological
frameworks that provide fresh insights into both the multi-segmented
nature of labor markets and the links between informal employment,
poverty, and gender inequality.
WIEGO marked its tenth anniversary with a series of strategic review and
planning retreats: a retreat of the Steering Committee and donor
representatives in May 2007, a research retreat of key researchers in
the network in July 2007, and a staff retreat in October 2007. For more details,
www.wiego.org and the June 2007
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The following programs are collaborations between the Kennedy
School of Government Executive Education program and affiliates of the
Community Problem-Solving: Skills for Civic
This program, held March 3-6, 2008, teaches teams of community
leaders the skills they need to effect deep change. The program is
designed by Harvard Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government
and the Community Problem-Solving Project at MITs Department of Urban
Studies and Planning. Community Problem-Solving is for key
decision makers from community-based organizations, public agencies,
faith-based organizations, elected offices, and businesses including
board members, CEOs, outreach and advocacy directors, and corporate
social responsibility liaisons. Participants will learn both
practical skills and theoretical frameworks that will strengthen their
ability to exercise effective civic leadership together. Faculty
include Xavier de Souza Briggs, Marty Linsky, and Linda Kaboolian.
For more information visit the
Strategic Management for Leaders of
This program, held March 25-29, 2008, is designed and taught by
Harvard faculty and researchers and offered at the Athens Information
Technology institute (AIT) in Athens, Greece, in collaboration with the
Kokkalis Foundation and the Middle East Initiative at Harvard. The program is designed to give NGO leaders from
Southeastern and Eastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the
Middle East the tools, perspectives, and frameworks needed to strengthen
their organizations, engage constituent communities, and cultivate
long-term partnerships and commitments. The program will be chaired by
Christine Letts and faculty include Dave Brown and Bill
Ryan. For more information visit the
Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations
This is a 10-week distance learning
program from March 10-May 16, 2008, for leaders of nonprofits and NGOs
in the developing world. The program consists of five (5) two-week
modules on topics including strategy frameworks, mission statements,
portfolio management, marketing, and strategic positioning.
Participants will apply concepts developed at the Kennedy School to
challenges facing their individual organizations using electronic
workbooks and moderated discussion boards where they will share their
experiences and gain insights from other leaders around the globe. Each
two-week module will culminate in a live discussion with faculty chair
Christine Letts. For more information visit the
Performance Measurement for Effective Management
of Nonprofit Organizations
Developed jointly by Harvard Business Schools
Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard Universitys Hauser Center for
This program, held June 16-19, 2008, is designed to show nonprofit leaders
how to use performance measurement to enhance the effectiveness of their
organization. The program covers a range of approaches that address the
specific performance challenges facing executives in the nonprofit
world. The program is designed for senior executives and other leaders
of nonprofit organizations around the world who are committed to
implementing effective performance measurement and management in their
organizations. The faculty chairs are Christine Letts and
Allen Grossman, and faculty include James Honan and Nava Ashraf.
For more information visit the
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of
This program is offered from June 19-20, 2008, in conjunction with the
Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit
Organizations program. Senior executives who are seeking
innovative ways to tap into the full array of talent and energy within
their boards will find this new governance approach illuminating and
practical. Faculty include Bill Ryan. For more
information visit the program
PEOPLE IN ACTION
Dave Brown and Kirsten Lundberg developed and
delivered a workshop on teaching and writing cases September 1-3rd for
approximately 25 faculty of Chinese universities at the Center for Civil
Society Studies at Beijing University. Brown then spent several more days
working with faculty at the Center on the design of a distance learning
partnership for executive education, faculty capacity building, joint
research and conferences to strengthen Chinese civil society
organizations, to be funded by the Sun Culture Foundation over the next
On October 3rd,
Alnoor Ebrahim hosted a visit by Meg Taylor, the Compliance Advisor
Ombudsman of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank
Group and her colleague, Amar Inamdar, a Senior Specialist and
The 17th Emerging Issues in Philanthropy Seminar was held on
September 7th in Washington, D.C., entitled "IRS Form 990 Redesign."
The seminar is part of a series of seminars co-sponsored with The
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and
Marion Fremont-Smith on behalf of the Hauser Center. At the
seminar, over 60 attendees, including representatives from the Internal
Revenue Service and the Congress as well as from sector organizations,
practitioners and scholars, explored changes proposed by the IRS to the
Form 990 - which are likely to have a substantial impact on core
nonprofit policy issues - and provided comments to the IRS before
changes are finalized.
On September 10th, Marshall Ganz met with Presiding Episcopal
Bishop Kathryn Jeffries and President of the Episcopal House of Deputies
Bonnie Anderson to plan the Episcopal Public Narrative Project.
The project will train Episcopal deputies to run four workshops (ones
own calling, shared calling, call to action, and putting it all
together) over the course of the 9-day national convention. Deputy
teams will return to their Diocese with the mission of teaching how to
do what they have learned to do at the convention.
The Hauser Center held its annual
Student Open House on September 10th to introduce students to the
faculty and researchers affiliated with the Center, discuss the courses
they are teaching and research they are developing, and familiarize
students with the resources available at the Center.
Robert Putnam presented at the first in a series of Hauser Center
10-Year Anniversary Seminars on September 13th on "American
Grace: The Changing Contribution of Religion to American Civic Life."
On September 19th, Marshall Ganz spoke to "The Momentum Program:
Changing Negotiation Leadership Culture in the Former Soviet Union," a
negotiation workshop for a group of Georgians and South Ossetians
organized by Mercy Corps.
Gabriele Bammer co-organized and attended a one-day workshop on
"Knowledge Brokering" in Sydney, Australia on September 21st. The
workshop brought together nonprofit groups, policy makers and
researchers to discuss how research informs policy and practice in the
areas of child and youth health, development and wellbeing.
Marie Besanon joined the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC as a Public Policy
Scholar from October-December, working on the project "Ending the
Institution of War in the Sudan."
participated in and made a presentation at a UN Expert Group Meeting on
the priority theme of the forty-sixth session of the Commission for
Social Development entitled "Full Employment and Decent Work for All" on
October 2-4th at the United Nations in New York City.
Peter Dobkin Hall presented a Kennedy School Faculty Research
Seminar entitled "The Decline,
Transformation, and Revival of the Christian Right in the United States,"
presented at the second in a series of Hauser Center 10-Year Anniversary
Seminars on October 4th on "Taking the Measure of the Voluntary Sector."
On October 10th,
Marshall Ganz and Richard Parker spoke at the Boston Theological
Institutes (BTI) Annual Dinner and Lecture. The topic of the talk was "Advancing the 'Beloved Community' People, Power and Change," and
focused on building community in the 21st century. Ganz and Parker
were presented with BTIs Social Justice Award at this occasion.
As part of the Nonprofit
Governance and Accountability Project and The Harvard Business
School Social Enterprise Initiative 2007-2008 Seminar Series "Problems
and Prospects in Nonprofit Governance," Dutch Leonard
presented on October 10th about "What
is a Multi-Governed Organization? And Why Should We Care?"
Students from La Sierra University in California won the Students in
Free Enterprise (SIFE) National Championships (World Cup 2007) for their
Darfur community development project administered through the American
Sudanese Partnerships, a nonprofit organization run by Marie
Besanon. The competition and
awards took place October 10-12th in New York City.
Marty Chen was the
keynote speaker at the Asia Society in New York City on the topic of widows
in India after a showing of a new film, entitled "White Rainbow," on
contemporary Indian widows on October 11th. Chen also chaired and
spoke on a panel on "Making Ends Meet: Urbanization and Womens
Livelihoods" at the annual summit of the American India Foundation in
New York City on October 18th.
Marshall Ganz led the plenary session at an organizing
training for World Vision on October 12th. The core set of
participants in the training were young people working on college
campuses and with evangelical Christian groups on global AIDS and the
Peter Dobkin Hall was a commentator on Robert M. Wuthnow's paper,
"Global Civil Society:
Does U.S. Religion Contribute?" as part
of the Tufts Civic Engagement Research Prize
Lecture at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public
Tufts University, on October 15th. On October 16th Hall
co-presented a seminar as part of the "Problems and Prospects in Nonprofit Governance"
series with Marion Fremont-Smith on
"Preliminary Observations on
the Structure and Governance of Multi-Governed Organizations." On
October 19th, Peter Dobkin Hall was a Humanities panelist for the
Ives Vocal Marathon
"Songs of Religion,
Nature, Fantasy and Love," at Wesleyan University. Hall, along
with other Humanities panelists, discussed the religious, philosophical
and aesthetic roots of Ives's music.
joined the Harvard Business School Board of
Fellows and attended their kick-off meeting for this academic year on
Christine Letts traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil the week of
Oct 22nd at the invitation of the Bradesco Foundation. During the trip
she presented a case about the education programs of the Foundation to
the Bradesco Bank (the largest in South America) and Foundation
leadership, and taught the case to an MBA class at the Ibmec Business
School. She also gave lectures on corporate social responsibility
at the University of Sao Paulo and on building capacity in nonprofit
organizations at Grupo de Institutos, Fundaes e Empresas (GIFE
- Group of Institutes, Foundations, and Businesses). Additionally, she participated in a meeting
organized by the newly-opened David Rockefeller Center for Latin
American Studies (DRCLAS) office in Sao Paulo to meet with
faculty from three universities to discuss case development and
Alnoor Ebrahim gave a presentation on "Strategy vs. Compliance:
Managing Accountability in Business, Government, and Nonprofits,"
Harvard Business School, Social Enterprise Initiative, on October 22nd.
From October 22-24th, Marty Chen co-organized and spoke at a conference at the Institute of
Development Studies, Sussex entitled "Economic Growth, Informal Work and
Social Protection: Exploring the Relationships," in
Alnoor Ebrahim participated in a workshop hosted by the
International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Independent Evaluation Office on
October 23rd in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting was to
discuss the methodology for an evaluation of the IMF's corporate
On October 25th Mark Moore
presented the third of the series of Hauser Center 10-Year Anniversary
Seminars on "Not your father's nonprofit sector: Beyond instrumental
conceptions of philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations,"
with commentary provided by Peter Dobkin Hall.
Marion Fremont-Smith presented at the
conference "Forces for Rectitude: Who Oversees Nonprofit Organizations
and Their Overseers?" on October 25th sponsored by the National Center
on Philanthropy and the Law, New York University School of Law.
The paper she prepared for the conference
Attorney General Oversight of Charities
can be downloaded as Hauser
Marshall Ganz, Dave Brown, and Kash Rangan gave short
talks on the challenges of doing research on multi-governed
organizations for the seminar on
Organizations: Building Practice and Theory," on October 31st. This seminar was part of the
Nonprofit Governance and
Accountability Project and The Harvard Business School Social
Enterprise Initiative 2007-2008 Seminar Series
and Prospects in Nonprofit Governance."
Mark Moore and Dave Brown, in cooperation with other
Kennedy School faculty, delivered the annual Innovations in Governance
Executive Education Program from October 28 - November 2nd sponsored by the
Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
PEOPLE IN THE
In the Harvard Crimson
article from October 26th, "U.N. official draws HBS crowd," about the presentation of Srgjan Kerim, president of the
UN General Assembly, Dutch Leonard is quoted. Link to
Marshall Ganz is mentioned in the October 3rd Guardian
Obama's grassroots appeal" for his organizing training work with Camp Obama. Link to the
In the Harvard Crimson article
from October 3rd,
offers new tax structure," Peter Dobkin Hall provides pointed comments
in response to the altered tax structure proposed in an editorial by
Robert Reich. Link to the
Michael Pirson co-authored the
"Successful leaders must manage stakeholder trust," in
the September issue of The Resource,
a publication for the Harvard community.
In the article
"The political machine
vs. the grass roots" in the September 4th
issue of the Los Angeles Times, Marshall Ganz is
quoted on his organizing work with Camp Obama.
New publications from Hauser-affiliated authors include:
Mattie, John A., McCarthy, John H., Turner, Robert M., and
Johnson, Sanda L., eds., Understanding Financial Statements: A
Strategic Guide for Independent College and University Governing Boards,
2nd Edition (Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards of
Universities and Colleges, 2007). Link to information about
Levitt, Peggy, God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the
Changing American Religious Landscape (New York, NY: The New Press,
2007). Link to information about
Ebrahim, Alnoor and Weisband, Edward, eds.,
Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism and Public Ethics
(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Link to
Levitt, Peggy and Khagram, Sanjeev, eds., The Transnational
Studies Reader: Interdisciplinary Intersections and Innovations
(London, UK: Routledge, 2007).
Link to information about
Ebrahim, Alnoor and Steve Herz. 2007.
"Accountability in Complex
Organizations: World Bank Responses to Civil Society,"
Harvard Business School Working Paper #08-027. Link to
Marion Fremont-Smith is
acknowledged in the October 2007
publication Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A
Guide for Charities and Foundations, for her contribution.
Link to the
Bammer, Gabriele and The Goolabri Group,
management of ignorance and uncertainty. A case illustrating integration
in collaboration" in Shani, A.B., Mohrman, S.A., Pasmore, W.A.; Stymne,
B.; Adler, N. (eds) Handbook of Collaborative Management Research
(Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007): 421-437.
New additions to the Hauser Center Working Paper Series include:
Hauser Center Working Paper No. 39
What Matters to Whom? Managing Trust Across Multiple
by Michael Pirson and Deepak Malhotra (May 2007)
Hauser Center Working Paper No. 40
The Road Less Traveled: Funders Advice on the Path to
by Primary Author - Kathleen W. Buechel and Secondary Author - Esther Handy (July 2007)
Hauser Center Working Paper No. 41
Attorney General Oversight of Charities
by Marion R. Fremont-Smith (October 2007)
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ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES FUND
The Hauser Center is inviting proposals for the
2007-2008 round of funding
from the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations Student Organization
Activities Fund. We have up to $7,500 available for student groups
activities from across the University. Because of the size of the fund
and the number of applications, we are reviewing proposals just once
this academic year. Please keep this in mind when applying, especially
if your event is in the spring. Examples of
organizations include: KSG Arts Council; Corporate Responsibility
Council; Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy; Human Rights
PIC; KSG Latino Caucus; Progressive Caucus; Social Enterprise in Action
(SEIA); HBS Social Enterprise Club (SEC); and Human Rights PIC.
Criteria for selection include: 1) Relevance to the Center; 2) Level of
student involvement; 3) Clarity of proposal and budget; 4) Need versus
availability. Please note that we will not fund requests for
individual student projects.
Click here for additional
information, the funding
application form. Please submit your applications to Maryann Leach
email or hard copy, in accordance with the instructions, no later
than close of business on December 6th. Applicants will be notified not
later than December 14th.
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