A 2016 welcome to alanfowler.org.
I hope you can find your way around as well as what you are looking for or are surprised to see. In addition to details of my written work and CV, the tab on Readings contains information about publications that I have read or used last year that you might find interesting. It is irregularly updated.
Two exciting initiatives in 2015 came to fruition. One focused on how International NGOs deal with internal conflicts to make them productive. The published results and A Way Ahead can be found at this link. Engaging INGOs in follow up activities is proving difficult. The other initiative involved research on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in four countries. Reports will be made public in late January. Three interesting areas of findings are about: (1) the role of interlocutors; (2) factors influencing effectiveness; and (3) a country's pre-dispositions towards collaboration between different institutions.
A research theme of Civic Driven Change, saw a new publication on how citizens navigate the multiple forms of governance they face. This will be followed up by a new research initiative hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) looking at why and how emerging middle classes become protagonists in socio- political processes. Under the auspices of the University of Witswatersrand, an additional research theme will start to explore endogenous philanthropy, or gifting, across sub-Saharan Africa.
If you are interested in any of these fields, please get in touch.
Professional life is evolving away from practical consulting and towards a concentration on writing and research. In the former, I anticipate penning reflective pieces on the ecology of international NGOs. The latter will stem from the new initiatives spoken of above as a visiting professor in The Chair of African Philanthropy at the Wits Business School.
I look forward to hearing from you.