Designing International NGO Governance

Designing International NGO Governance



Associate Professor of Business Administration, HBS

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A Harvard University


Frontline with Faculty Seminar


All FwF seminars are open to the public


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Thursday, Apr 25 | 4:15 – 5:15 pm
Belfer, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, Harvard Kennedy School

Alnoor Ebrahim will speak on the challenges of designing the governance structures of international NGOs engaged in policy advocacy. He will discuss cases of ten global organizations that have restructured the relationships between their international headquarters and their national units or members over the past decade. In doing so, they have innovated with the core problem of how to increase central authority while maintaining local legitimacy. This work is part of a research project jointly conducted with colleagues L. David Brown and Srilatha Batliwala.

Alnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor in the General Management Unit, and in the Social Enterprise Initiative, at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of performance management, accountability, and governance facing social sector organizations. He is also a principal of Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. For Professor Ebrahim’s full bio and publications, click here.

The Frontline with Faculty Series is a venue for Harvard faculty affiliated with the Hauser Center to share their work and research with faculty colleagues, as well as students in an informal setting that will allow for spirited discussion, debate and exchange. The seminars link faculty experts from Harvard Schools and beyond on a wide range of topics.  The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public, by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society.



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