Take Advantage of Free Conferences and TrainingIdes Ofune 5th June 2018 0 COMMENTS
When NGOs are set up, the owner is usually a subject matter expert, possesses an understanding of how the sector works and has built relationships overtime. As the organisation grows, this situation sometimes remains the same. The employees are not confident and do not have the same level of knowledge. In this situation, every single decision and detail must have to be approved by the MD/CEO. This slows down decision making process, impacts tasks in a negative way and leaves employees feeling disgruntled.
One way to mitigate against this is to mobilise and diffuse knowledge. In the development sector, there are so many free conferences, seminars, webinars workshops, colloquiums and trainings available. These free events are made available to organisation and they cost virtually nothing especially if they are online. Instead of attending these events alone, the CEO/MD could send employees as representatives. This will increase employees’ knowledge on subject matters, build relationships and boost confidence. After the training, employees should share knowledge gained with other members of the organisation during weekly meetings or dedicated days. This way, knowledge goes round and the organisation benefits from motivated and contented employees.
Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org