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How doing good is good for business - Vietnam's LIN Center connects with local corporates

On 28 June 2018, the LIN Center for Community Development, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce HCMC and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, proudly hosted their second annual conference How Doing Good is Good for Business. This year’s conference introduced and facilitated discussion about the creation of shared value models, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development, providing participants with a unique platform for developing understanding and building partnerships that will create socio-economic impact in Vietnam.

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Insights from a newcomer to community philanthropy – my summer in Covasna County

Every time you leave your home and community, particularly when travelling abroad, your life changes. You never go back as the same person. Why? Well, because of patchwork quilts. But I’ll come back to that later…

I just finished a two month internship with the Covasna Community Foundation in the region of Transylvania, Romania - which is rather a long distance from my home country, Brazil. I am also currently studying for a Masters in International Development Studies at the Palacký University in the Czech Republic.

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In whose name do they speak? Challenging the development dinosaurs

I’m writing a book about the challenges faced by International NGOs (INGOs): “Problems with International NGOs: Challenging the Development Dinosaurs.” The publishers want to print it because of the interest and concerns raised by failings of staff at Oxfam, Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières and other agencies which hit the headlines this year.

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“Perfect / Imperfect” - how the PACT Foundation turns “failures” into learning

“It’s only a failure if you hide it under the rug. Otherwise, it’s an opportunity to learn.” So said one participant at a lively workshop examining failures, set-backs and how to learn from them, which Romania’s PACT Foundation co-organized from 17 - 18 May 2018. The event, “Perfect / Imperfect” encouraged participants to share their stories of projects and programmes not going according to plan, thereby also debunking the myth that social change is neat, linear, and devoid of surprises. The GFCF spoke to Irina Pop, PACT’s former Advocacy and Programme Director and pro-bono collaborator to the event, to hear more.

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