Date: September 8, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 9 pm, with bring-your-own-dinner and networking starting at 6 pm.
Speaker: Olga Yakimakho, Senior Program Manager for Capacity Development at PACT
Topic: Civil Society, Social Change and Capacity Development
PACT is an International NGO that has been working to develop the capacity of US and local organizations since the 1970's. Over this period, PACT has developed a number of models for both social and organizational change. For a number of years, PACT has been working to strengthen civil society in Eastern European countries. A key factor in working in Belarus is that much of civil society is comfortable with its current social contract and a majority sees no reason for change. In this environment, PACT sees its main challenge as changing the way civil society thinks of itself, moving society away from an identity of victimization and confrontation toward adopting a national identity of joint responsibility for and ownership of Belarus's future.
To influence this change PACT nurtures sectoral leadership by providing institutional support to key Civil Society Organizations and emerging initiatives.
In this meeting, Olga Yakimakho, Senior Program Manager for Capacity Development at PACT, will discuss several models for organizational capacity building and social change. For the first half of the session, Olga will lead us through Les Robinson's "7 Door" model for social change, referencing her experience using the model to increase citizen participation through developing national awareness in Belarus. We will then have a chance to practice using the model on social issues of concern to us.
For the second half of the session, Olga will discuss the capacity building process PACT used to develop the capacity of local organizations to adopt and implement this social change model in Belarus.
We are looking forward to an evening of practice and discussion on both social and organizational change. Please come and join us.
Olga Yakimakho is Pact’s Senior Program Manager for Capacity Development. Based in Washington DC, she provides leadership and support to strengthen organizational and staff capacity to manage effective capacity development (CD) initiatives and contributes to the development and implementation of Pact’s global CD agenda. Prior to this position, she worked as Pact’s Deputy Chief of Party in Eastern Europe, and in several program management roles with IREX, Eurasia Foundation and Open Society Institute before that. Ms. Yakimakho has extensive experience managing the direct implementation of civil society capacity and network strengthening programs, including providing CD support to local partners. A Muskie fellowship alumna, she holds an MPA degree in International Development from Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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