Let’s stop the massacre in Gaza

050807-PalestinaIn 2005 I visited Palestine as the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. On the whiteboard in a Scout base of the Palestinian scouts  I wrote a message of hope and solidarity with my scout sisters and brothers. Solidarity with that People that the State of Israel maintains into isolation and daily suffering.

I asked both  the Israeli Scouts and their Palestinians scout brothers to engage for Peace. Today, once again I call them and all the Scouts of the world: Stop the massacre in Gaza! Stop the chain reaction! A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout. Scouts all over the world, if they are loyal to their Promise should now raise their voice to stop the massacre. Being a Scout is being a Peace Builder and Peace cannot be built through war. Stop the massacre in Gaza. If you want Peace build Peace.

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Oltre l’ “aiuto” oltre la crescita. Cooperazione per lo sviluppo

Intervento in occasione dell’evento “Cooperazione italiana allo sviluppo: Semestre europeo, Expo e Agenda Post-2105″. Fondazione Roma Sapienza, Roma 4 giugno 2014.

“Quale cooperazione per quale sviluppo?” è la domanda cui deve rispondere il legislatore nel ripensare la cooperazione “come parte integrante e qualificante della politica estera dell’Italia” nel processo di riforma recentemente avviato….

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Round Table: Management of International Institutions and NGOs: perspectives, practices and challenges

GSDIOMBA-Alumni

On the occasion of the publication of the book

“Management of Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, Practices and Challenges” by Eduardo Missoni and Daniele Alesani (London, Routledge, 2014)

 The Geneva School of Diplomacy and the International organizations MBA (IOMBA) Alumni Association are pleased to invite you to a Round Table on

“Management of International Institutions and NGOs: perspectives, practices and challenges”

Monday 26 May, 12:30-14:00

De Sales building, Geneva School of Diplomacy, Château de Penthes, 18, chemin de l’Impératrice, 1292 Pregny/Geneva

 Chair:

Mr Colum Murphy, President Geneva School of Diplomacy

Discussion with:

  • Mr Remo Lalli, Secretary of the High Level Committee on Management, United Nations Chief Executive Board for Coordination
  • Ms Helen Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization
  • Mr Juan Luis Coderque Gallico, Programme Leader Corporate Support Group, ICRC
  • Mr Paolo Cuculi, First Counselor, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

and the authors.

Light refreshment will be provided

Seating is limited – to RSVP please contact obolvary@iomba.ch

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Margherita Gabrielli “Antologica 1916-2007″

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Margherita, filosofa, storica dell’arte, pittrice, terapeuta, è l’ultimo anello di raccordo con la storia dell’antica famiglia dei conti Gabrielli da Gubbio e gelosa custode di quelle memorie, ma anche il punto di arrivo della tradizione artistica tedesca del ramo materno della famiglia. Fusione di culture di cui una Napoli ancora antica e ispiratrice di numerosi artisti d’oltralpe, aveva favorito l’incontro. Inizia lì un “cammino verso l’arte” che da paesaggi mediterranei dai tratti impressionisti, evolve attraverso intime, straordinarie esperienze, verso orizzonti prima sconosciuti, fino alle opere più recenti dove protagonisti sono ormai solo colori e movimenti che originano direttamente dall’anima. E la pittura di Margherita, come le sue altrettanto straordinarie rivelazioni storico-artistiche, ci introducono a una dimensione spirituale che l’umanità deve ancora percorrere.

Affascinato fin da piccolo dai suoi racconti, dalle sue indagini, dalle sue sperimentazioni con i colori, dalle sue intuizioni, dalla purezza del suo lavoro fortunatamente non contaminato dalla trivialità del mercato dell’arte; convinto che difficilmente la sua opera pittorica potrà essere compresa appieno senza conoscere le esperienze e le sensazioni che hanno ispirato i suo quadri più significativi, ho spinto Margherita a darne diretta testimonianza.

Riposto il pennello, le carte e i colori, la zia Margherita torna così a dipingere emozioni.

Nota introduttiva  di Eduardo Missoni a: “Cammino verso l’arte” di Margherita  Gabrielli

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Viene el Papa

Ernesto Cardenal-Juan PabloIIDe “Misa Campesina. Un médico italiano en la Nicaragua revolucionaria” (p.216)
“Desde el alba del día anterior habíamos asistido al tránsito de camiones hacia Managua con ocasión de la Misa papal. Camiones repletos de gente en fiesta, provenientes de las zonas más remotas del país que tenían que seguir viajando todavía por otras diez horas antes de llegar a la capital. Para esa ocasión, se habían puesto a disposición los medios de las instituciones públicas. El país vivía momentos de tensión debido a los continuos ataques terroristas y al creciente temor a una agresión militar. Sólo tres días antes, diecisiete jóvenes habían sido masacrados por la contra en San José de las Mulas, en las montañas de Matagalpa. La expectativa era muy grande, el Papa – sin duda- pronunciaría palabras de paz, confirmaría la elección preferencial de la Iglesia para con los pobres y los oprimidos que la Conferencia Episcopal de Puebla había ratificado y la Revolución sandinista, a su manera, parecía encarnar. «Juan Pablo II, bienvenido a Nicaragua libre, gracias a Dios y a la Revolución», ese cartelón de bienvenida era, una vez más, la síntesis de aquella extraordinaria convergencia.
La llegada del Pontífice había sido preparada con mucho cuidado a través de una campaña de información acerca de los viajes precedentes del Papa en tierra latinoamericana, recordando el anhelo de paz y de justicia social que había recordado en todas sus homilías. Era el Papa que había interpretado el derecho a la tierra de los campesinos mexicanos, que había denunciado el hambre de millones de brasileños, que había condenado la guerra e invocado la paz durante el conflicto de las Islas Falkland-Malvinas. Los opúsculos con reflexiones y profundizaciones habían sido distribuidos a los periódicos. Toda la comunidad cristiana se había preparado con mucho cuidado para este evento. « ¿Qué le pediremos al Papa?», fue el tema central de muchas «celebraciones de la palabra» hasta en las zonas más aisladas de la montaña. «Queremos la paz» fue la conclusión unánime de un país agredido.
En la cocina, la radio estaba encendida a todo volumen, la voz del comentador radiofónico que seguía el evento se escuchaba particularmente emocionada, sobreponiéndose a los rumores de la Plaza 19 de Julio donde la muchedumbre continuaba confluyendo. Cuando la radio anunció la llegada del Papa a la plaza, suspendí las visitas médicas – sinceramente, pocas esa mañana – para seguir con atención la misa papal, junto a la gran parte del personal y de algunos pacientes. Payita, una de las cocineras me pasó una taza de café y un pedazo de pan dulce recién salido del horno.
El discurso del Pontífice estaba dedicado completamente a la Iglesia, con enfáticos e imperativos llamados a la obediencia a los obispos y al Papa de parte de los fieles, mientras las voces de fondo de la plaza entonaban un «Viva el Papa» hasta llegar a un claro, reiterado y sobresaliente «Queremos la paz», obligando a Juan Pablo II a interrumpir varias veces su discurso, hasta provocar en él una explosión de intolerancia, irrumpiendo con un autoritario: «¡Silencio! ¡Silencio!».
« ¡Silencio! ¡Silencio!», no puedo olvidar esas palabras lanzadas por el Papa durante la misa, contra la muchedumbre que había ido a aclamarlo.
« ¡La Iglesia es la primera en querer la paz!», gritó entonces el Papa, perdiendo la paciencia, frente a la insistencia del pedido de paz que se alzaba de la plaza. Pero, a continuación, no siguió ni una sola palabra de consuelo para las madres que pedían una plegaria en favor de sus hijos asesinados por la contra. N una palabra dedicada al sufrimiento de ese pueblo o un elogio al enorme esfuerzo de reconstrucción y de progreso.
Pocos días después, en los bolsillos de los contras capturados en el norte del país, se encontraron panfletos con la imagen del Pontífice en los cuales resaltaba la frase: «El Papa está con nosotros».”

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“Peri-border” health care programs: the Ecuador–Peru experience

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Rev. Panam Salud Publica. 2014;35(3):207-13

Gianluca Cafagna, Eduardo Missoni, and Rosa Luz Benites de Beingolea

Abstract

Objective. To identify the main strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of the Ecuador– Peru “peri-border” health care program and to analyze the legislative, managerial, and organizational arrangements adopted to integrate the two country’s national health systems in the border area.
Methods. A descriptive, qualitative case study was carried out using three complementary methods: literature review and analysis of official Peruvian and Ecuadoran national and bina- tional documents, 18 semi-structured interviews of key informants, and a survey of the entire health worker population of the Suyo–Macará binational micro-network.
Results. The key program challenge was the absence of reciprocity; Peruvian citizens were entitled to free health care services in Ecuador but Ecuadoran citizens did not receive the same benefit in Peru. The need for improvements in the binational system’s human resources was also identified. The program’s main strength was its organizational structure, which is designed mainly for the implementation of 1) the binational network and 2) a patient referral / counter-referral system that includes the transfer of patient clinical information. Conclusions. Notwithstanding considerable challenges, peri-border programs are feasible and replicable. Program success seems to be highly dependent on the completion of a number of steps, including 1) consolidation of the original binational memorandum into a binding binational agreement between the two countries; 2) achievement of similar standards in both countries for the provision and quality of health care services, focusing on complementarities; and 3) development of an integrated binational information system.

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“Peri-border” health care programs: the Ecuador–Peru experience

RevPanSalPub

Rev. Panam Salud Publica. 2014;35(3):207-13

Gianluca Cafagna, Eduardo Missoni, and Rosa Luz Benites de Beingolea

Abstract

Objective. To identify the main strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of the Ecuador– Peru “peri-border” health care program and to analyze the legislative, managerial, and organizational arrangements adopted to integrate the two country’s national health systems in the border area.
Methods. A descriptive, qualitative case study was carried out using three complementary methods: literature review and analysis of official Peruvian and Ecuadoran national and bina- tional documents, 18 semi-structured interviews of key informants, and a survey of the entire health worker population of the Suyo–Macará binational micro-network.
Results. The key program challenge was the absence of reciprocity; Peruvian citizens were entitled to free health care services in Ecuador but Ecuadoran citizens did not receive the same benefit in Peru. The need for improvements in the binational system’s human resources was also identified. The program’s main strength was its organizational structure, which is designed mainly for the implementation of 1) the binational network and 2) a patient referral / counter-referral system that includes the transfer of patient clinical information. Conclusions. Notwithstanding considerable challenges, peri-border programs are feasible and replicable. Program success seems to be highly dependent on the completion of a number of steps, including 1) consolidation of the original binational memorandum into a binding binational agreement between the two countries; 2) achievement of similar standards in both countries for the provision and quality of health care services, focusing on complementarities; and 3) development of an integrated binational information system.

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Italy’s contribution to global health: the need for a paradigm shift

GlobalHealth

Globalization and Health 2014, 10:25  doi:10.1186/1744-8603-10-25

Eduardo Missoni, Fabrizio Tediosi, Guglielmo Pacileo and Lara Gautier

Abstract

This paper reviews Italian Development Assistance for Health and overall contribution to Global Health from 2001 to 2012. It analyses strategies and roles of central and decentralized authorities as well as those of private non-profit and corporate actors. The research illustrates a very low and unstable official contribution that lags far behind internationally agreed upon objectives, a highly fragmented institutional scenario, and controversial political choices favouring “vertical” global initiatives undermining national health systems, and in contrast with Italian deep-rooted principles, traditional approaches and official guidelines.

Italy’s contribution to global health goes beyond official development aid, however. The raising movement toward Universal Health Coverage may offer an extraordinary opportunity for a leading role to a country whose National Health System is founded on the principles of universal and equitable access to care. At the same time, the distinctive experience of Italian decentralized cooperation, with the involvement of a multiplicity actors in a coordinated effort for cooperation in health with homologous partners in developing countries, may offer – if adequately harnessed – new opportunities for an Italian “system” of development cooperation. Nevertheless, the indispensable prerequisite of a substantial increase in public funding is challenged by the current economic crisis and domestic political situation. For a renewed Italian role in development and global health, a paradigm shift is needed, requiring both conceptual revision and deep institutional and managerial reforms to ensure an appropriate strategic direction and an efficient and effective use of resources.

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Management of International Institutions and NGOs

Evento dibattito su:
“Management of International Institutions and NGOs”
Mercoledì 9 aprile, 17-19:30

LUISS, viale Romania 32 Aula 304B
In occasione della pubblicazione del libro: “Management of Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, Practices and Challenges”, a cura di Eduardo Missoni (Bocconi) e Daniele Alesani (UNFPA) (London, Routledge, 2013), ne discutono con gli autori:

  • Giampaolo Cantini, Direttore Generale della Direzione Generale Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (DGCS), Ministero degli Affari Esteri
  • Gherardo Casini, Direttore dell’ufficio UNDESA di Roma
  • Diana Copper, ex studentessa LUISS e Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Maura Viezzoli, Head of Higher Education and Liaison with Private Donors, CISP

Chair:

  • Raffaele Marchetti, LUISS Guido Carli

Presentazione e dibattito avverranno in lingua inglese.

Per registrazioni e informazioni:
LUISS School of Government Email: sog@luiss.it

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Managing International Institutions and NGOs – Interview with the authors

 

Cover_Missoni_AlesaniDaniele Alesani and Eduardo Missoni, authors of Management of International Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, practices and challenges, answer some questions about their book, the ‘one-stop-shop’ for readers looking to unravel the complexities of managing modern international organizations.

1. Congratulations on the publication of your book! What led you to writing it?

Along our entire careers we have worked with international organizations as professionals, consultants and trainers. We have seen these organizations face significant challenges, change and respond to the growing complexity of the international cooperation sector and to the demands of donors to ‘do more with less’. We witness international organizations strive to become more efficient, effective and to better fulfill their mandate. Notwithstanding the large body of institutional knowledge and professional documentation on the modernization of international organizations, literature has largely neglected investigating them under a managerial perspective. With this book we aimed to offer an initial response to questions such as ‘what is and why do we need management’ in international organizations and ‘what are international organizations doing to become more efficient and effective’. Although public and NGO management has been around for a long time, we were determined to identify and explain the main features of a ‘tailored’ approach to International Institutions (IIs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), based on their institutional and operational specificities, and do so with a practical, hands-on approach.

 

2. Can you describe your book in one sentence?

This book is a one-stop-shop to unravel the complexities of managing modern international organizations; a must-have for anyone interested in making an impact in these organizations.

 

3. Can you elaborate on why you think this book is original and unique?

We brought together and analysed IIs and INGOs as organizations. International literature extensively explored them, but rarely, if ever, took an interest in them as independent and complex organizations and actors of the evolving international cooperation sector.

We did not flatly adopt any existing theoretical framework or theory, such as New Public Management, very ‘fashionable’ in literature both by believers and critics. Rather we explored a ‘tailored’ approach to management for IIs and INGOs based on their operational and institutional specificities. We did so by looking at the practices of real organizations, their challenges and successes.
We wanted to be the first to explain the international cooperation sector as a ‘market’ where actors compete and collaborate with their visions and strategies, try to win over vital resources to survive and grow and need to maximize the use of their financial and material resources to fulfill their mandates. We wanted to do so without under-estimating the inherently political nature of these organizations but giving proper identity to their managerial component.

We also had in mind the social entrepreneurs and founders of INGOs who are passionate and genius in what they do for their causes but often lack exposure to management frameworks, systems and practices. We wanted to provide them with the first practical and hands-on guide to improve the resource management of their organizations, build their profile, better understand their positioning within the international aid system. We wanted to give them a tool to benchmark themselves against best practices and find solutions to common management problems.

 

4. Who would be interested in reading your book?

We intentionally targeted a broad audience of students of international management, public administration and policy programs; policy makers and practitioners working for IIs and INGOs.
On the one hand, students will appreciate the comprehensive categorisation and analysis of the main actors of international cooperation and will acquire a well-rounded knowledge of this sector. Students with previous knowledge of business and public management will explore advanced themes related to the current practices and specific challenges of IIs and INGOs. Students interested in these organizations and without previous exposure to management will effectively run through the ‘building blocks’ of this field and concentrate on the specific managerial challenges faced by international organizations.

On the other hand, practitioners and managers working for international organizations will have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the management theories and frameworks behind their daily job; they will gain practical knowledge highly transferrable to their organizations and they could benchmark their experiences and practices against detailed case studies. In particular, this book will be tremendously useful to social entrepreneurs, NGO funders and practitioners to quickly acquire hands-on knowledge on how to improve their organizations.

 

5. Are there any relevant world issues that your book relates to at the moment?

In the last decade, the international community started questioning the consolidated role and model of intervention of international organizations, pressing them to evolve, innovate, change, break the chain of dependence created by traditional international cooperation initiatives and create virtuous circles of self-reliance and growth.
At the same time, the years following the global financial meltdown have seen a dramatic increase in the expectations of member states and donors and the search for the best ‘Value for Money’ became a priority for international cooperation.

Mismanagement and ethical scandals such as Oil for Food repeatedly tainted the reputation of international organizations and called for greater transparency, better governance and management.
This book explores how international organizations are reacting to these trends. Organizations are doing so by developing their business model and partnership attitude, by building identifiable brands and profiles, and by implementing managerial reforms aimed to strengthen results orientation and accountability and to reshape decision making mechanisms, improve human and financial resource management. This book documents the successes, challenges and open issues of modern international organizations striving to modernize and become more efficient, effective and impactful.

 

4. Do you have plans for future books? What’s next in the pipeline for you?

Writing this book took several years of research, observation of organizations’ practices, and discussion with practitioners. This book is a first stepping stone for us; we intend to widely present it around the world to gather the reactions of academics and managers and the always interesting questions of students and practitioners. We look further to use it as platform to develop further research and continue exploring the burning questions on the management of international organizations.

 

Read the first section of this book now! Simply follow this link and click on the blue ‘View Inside this Book’ button on the book’s product page to read online.

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