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Top Challenges Facing 21st Century INGOs

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

With each passing year, International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) working in humanitarian and development programming are urgently grappling with even more intense pressures on their operations and underlying business models. While this ongoing trend has been well known to INGO professionals for some time, there is a heightened sense that the sector has reached a palpable inflection point. Most INGOs have for too long been under-resourced and on the defensive. Despite most efforts to date, there has not been a collective roadmap to a better overall sustainability model for the sector. Challenges are too often exacerbated by insufficient half measures and mis-aligned change management initiatives that have faltered or disappointed. How can INGOs ensure they are asking the right strategic questions and investing optimally in the face of this existential crisis?


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