Finance management needs of non-profits

Recently, I conducted a simple survey to find out more about the needs of smaller and bigger civil society organisations (CSOs) in the field of finance management. I received responses from people from very different organisations; bigger European organisations as...

Welcome 2016!

The year 2015 has been a busy, slightly messy whirlwind for me – I got caught up in it and before I knew it it spit me out at the other end! It is only now, in the very beginning of 2016, that I have started looking back in earnest, and am formulating lessons...

What Facilitation Can Do

In September I was that lucky bastard who had an assignment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I had two very different things to do there. First of all, I was to perform an audit of the financial processes and financial administration of an NGO. And secondly, I was to work with...

Book impression: Choices and Illusions

Not too long ago I moaned to my husband that I wished my job were to read books. (This was on a day when I desperately wanted to finish a book, obviously). The next day, I received an e-mail from someone asking me to participate in a blog tour. She would send me a...

Reflection Shows Differences Between People

Sometimes you do something for the umpteenth time without giving it too much thought. And then some insight hits you. Well, anyway that is what happened to me in Bangladesh recently. The day after a rather full meeting day I asked the group to write down what they...

Do you know your value?

Do you know the value of your organisation or company? I am not talking about added value, or about values you have in your work. Not even about the value of the sheer existence of your organisation or company to society or clients. I am referring to...

Finance is for Everyone

It could be construed as a cynical twist of fate that just as I left my part time job as financial manager on account of it not being my dream job I was asked to work with a Kurdish NGO in Iraq on their financial management. But in fact it turned out that this...

Don’t Start Out Of The Blue – Start Online

It isn’t really necessary to know people to start working with them online. Many of you probably have communications with people on Twitter or LinkedIn or Google+ that you have never even met – and probably never will meet. It’s not hard to exchange...