Making Social Change Happen One NGO Leader At A Time

The Institute for Human Security and Social Change and ACFID launched the inaugural Making Change Happen program for leaders in the Australian NGO sector. The ground-breaking professional development program provides NGO leaders with the insights and tools needed to bring innovation to the development industry and lead the sector to a sustainable future.

The Institute for Human Security and Social Change and ACFID are pleased to present the inaugural Making Change Happen program for leaders in the Australian NGO sector. The ground-breaking course aims to provide leaders with the insights and tools needed to bring innovation to the development industry and lead the sector to a sustainable future.

The joint program came about by recognising the need for NGOs to stay relevant in a fast-changing and complex world, where a new wave of digital-first organisations were challenging more traditional ways of conducting NGO business. An issue delved into in an article by Institute director Chris Roche and former Oxfam Australia CEO Andrew Hewett.

"There's a need to bring the next generation of leaders together to think about innovative leadership and what will happen to the NGO sector in order to bring about change," said Roche.

Making Change Happen brings together learnings from La Trobe's Master of International Development along with insights from the course convenors who have many years of practical and consulting experience in the NGO sector.

Roche and his team are hoping the program will encourage NGO leaders to think about how change happens and how to incorporate these learnings into everyday practice. The course consists of three modules, which will inspire participants to think about how the world operates, how to make a difference given these learnings and how to incorporate these teachings to better lead organisations in these uncertain times.

"We want to ensure the next generation of leaders have expanded horizons on how to make change happen, a deeper understanding of their personal and organisational roles in how to bring this to fruition and build a cohort of leaders who will care for the health of the sector well into the future," concluded Roche.

The 1st module of the program launched on September 14, 2016 with further units taking place in February, March and April, 2017.

This program is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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