Partner Spotlight: Building Learning Libraries with Cegos

Since 2010, Cegos and LINGOs have partnered to offer high-quality training resources to individuals and organizations working in the development and social sectors.

LINGOs is a consortium of 80+ international NGOs, representing over 200,000 staff and local partners worldwide. Its mission is to help any organization working to improve lives in the developing world to affordably build its own capacity.

With over 80 years of experience, Cegos is a leading provider of multilingual training and development, reaching approximately 250,000 people in 50 countries each year. By partnering with LINGOs, Cegos can share its training resources with an ever-broader global audience. And over five years, the Cegos-LINGOs partnership has continued to grow in depth and reach, demonstrating Cegos’ founding values of commitment, agility, and sharing.

Commitment: Empowering NGO staff on a Global Scale

Through the partnership, Cegos provides LINGOs members with access to over 200 courses at greatly reduced cost. The multilingual curricula in subjects as varied as management and leadership, sales and marketing, and individual and collective effectiveness, have enabled thousands of development and humanitarian workers around the world to do their work more effectively.

“While LINGOs offers our Members’ staff access to courses from many providers, the courses from Cegos cover an incredible range of topics and languages,” says Marian Abernathy, LINGOs’ Partnership Engagement Manager. “We find that people are interested especially in management training, which is available through Cegos in the first language of many development workers.”

At the American Refugee Committee (ARC), the soft skills training provided by Cegos supports humanitarian workers, some of whom have seen their educations interrupted by conflict.

Courses in management, negotiation, emotional self-assessment, and dealing with conflict “are of special value to our national staff who live and work in very harsh and insecure environments, and have survived some pretty horrific situations,” says Colleen Striegel, vice president of HR and Administration at ARC. “We are grateful that Cegos has been so generous with their courses because they are having a big impact on our staff.”

Agility: Adaptation for Impact

Above and beyond its provision of wide-ranging, multilingual learning to LINGOs members, Cegos has also played a vital role in helping LINGOs provide skills training for the entire NGO community.

In 2012, when LINGOs wanted to develop a catalog of courses in multiple skill areas that it could share broadly and freely with the sector, Cegos generously provided source materials. “By providing us with a foundation, Cegos made it possible to open a broad part of the LINGOs catalog to the sector,” says Mike Culligan, LINGOs Director of Learning Architecture.

Today, LINGOs offers over two dozen free courses in five languages, enabling the field staff of any NGO, including local partners, to quickly gain a common language and training in subjects as vital as project management, organizational development, and financial planning.

Sharing: Creating a Learning Community

Thanks to the generous support of volunteers and partners like Cegos, LINGOs is an ever-growing community of members and learners. “When Cegos donated course materials for us to share freely, a group of volunteers came together to tailor and translate the courses for a development context,” says Ross Coxon, LINGOs Director of the Learning Collaborative. “Cegos’ donation was one of the catalysts for collaboration within the community.”

Drawing on a shared pool of accessible, relevant courseware, development professionals are learning wherever they are in the world, enabling them to reach their potential within their roles and increase their impact for communities they serve. NGO staff can access free courses based on Cegos’ donated content in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Arabic at www.lastmilelearning.org.

 “The two courses I have completed so far have helped me to understand myself better. This has enabled me to interact much better with my colleagues and the people I serve.”

 – Hassan Ambe, American Refugee Committee

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Today kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign to educate citizens and lawmakers alike about gender-based violence, human rights, and “the intersections of political, economic, and social realities.”

The uncommon timespan is no accident. Beginning on November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), and ending on December 10 (International Human Rights Day), the 16 Days campaign delivers gender equality to the doorstep of human rights – one inextricable from the other.

With thousands of organizations around the world participating in activities, sharing resources, and calling for change, the 16 Days campaign founds a sustained conversation about gender-based violence and human rights.

How are you joining in 16 Days?

Get the newly updated “Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action.” Explore the resources and community action supported by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and UN Women.

Take an online course from UNFPA on managing gender-based violence programs in emergencies. And LINGOs members, the following courses are available to you through the LINGOs Learning Platform:

Course Title LINGOs Learning Platform Course Code
Inter-Agency Standing Committee – Different Needs – Equal Opportunities (Gender Equality in Programming) IASC-IASC-GenderEquality
InterAction – Managing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Investigations IA00-managing-SEA
InterAction – SEA101: Introduction to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse IA00-SEA101
InterAction – SEA201: Mainstreaming of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse IA00-SEA201
Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (EN) HI00-traumaticstress-EN-HI
Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (ES) HI00-traumaticstress-SP-HI
Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (FR) HI00-traumaticstress-FR-HI
Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (PT) HI00-traumaticstress-PT-HI

 

LINGOs Global Learning Forum 2016: Can Your Organization Host?

A message from Ross Coxon, Director of the Learning Collaborative

Ross_CoxonI would like to thank Heifer for their generosity in providing us with such an amazing venue and such great hospitality, as well as thank all the other agencies who have hosted us in the past. We really appreciate a chance to see your working environments and learn a little bit more about your wonderful organizations.

GLF Attendees have asked LINGOs to set a date and location for next year’s GLF so they can start planning. Before we can do that, we need a host.

It is a long and proud tradition that a LINGOs Member hosts the Forum. Would your organization consider joining Heifer International, PATH, FHI360, MercyCorps, TNC, CRS and CARE as members who have hosted a LINGOs meeting?

Hosting the GLF can be a fun and rewarding experience! The LINGOS team does most of the heavy lifting, with help from the Planning Committee.

You are eligible to host the meeting in 2016 if:

-you would like to host the LINGOs family
-have access to a facility that can host up to 140 people
-have an amazing logistics person who can work with us

Please reach out to me directly if you are interested or need more information. I look forward to your responses, and we are already getting very excited about the coming year and the Global Learning Forum 2016!

Making Co-Creation Happen in 2016

A message from LINGOs CEO Chris Proulx about the 2016 LINGOs Co-Creation Agenda

Chris_ProulxTwo weeks ago at Heifer International, 100 learning professionals gathered at the LINGOs Global Learning Forum to engage, discuss, and share their ideas for how to continue to use learning to improve the effectiveness of organizations in the international development, humanitarian, conservation and social sectors.

As part of the conference, we facilitated an interactive brainstorming to identify the top priorities around which the LINGOs community could co-create new solutions in 2016. We invited participants to submit their ideas for projects that would make a difference to their organizations, make a difference to the sector, and have deliverables that could be created in 2016.

We are still looking for input from members of the community who could not join us the Global Learning Forum. You can provide us with your ideas for projects in the LINGOs Online Community.

So far, we have been reviewing and summarizing the input from the brainstorming session.  The top five priorities of the community so far are:

  1. Digital Badges: Credentials that transfer with employees from organization to organization mapped to a list of competencies with evidence the competencies have been retained.
  2. Professional Competency Frameworks: Shared competency model (80% solution) – with focus on tools/resources/guidance for implementation for your organization – for common key field positions.
  3. A Platform for Field Practitioners: Common knowledge/Tool/Sharing L&D platform with user-generated content and best practices organized around topics such as Environment, Economic, Poverty reduction, Health/public health, Agriculture, Food safety, Disaster relief, Gender, Civil society, Education, Water security, Sanitation, Technology.
  4. An Excellence in Leadership curriculum with certificate: Create a peer mentoring network among NGO senior leaders. Group existing courses into a cluster for organisation leadership (on and offline). Develop a learning path and a certificate aligned around core competencies.
  5. Marketing/Branding playbook for rolling out online learning: LMS marketing toolkit and do-it-yourself resources.

We are looking for your continued feedback, ideas, and suggestions for how your organization can contribute to any of these project priorities. The LINGOs staff is reviewing each of these highly ranked initiatives for which ones can be worked on in the coming year. We are considering factors such as: other related resources and initiatives in the sector, potential for reach and impact, existing resources within our member organizations, staff resources, and ability for quick wins. We will have more information before the end of the year on how to join working groups for 2016. Until then, keep sending us your ideas, feedback, and contributions.

LINGOs Announces its 2015 Global Learning Award Winners

cropped-smaller-2014-lingos-logo-white-with-tagline-website-size-smaller.jpgWinners of the 2015 Global Learning Awards were announced Wednesday at the Global Learning Forum in Little Rock, AR. The awards, presented annually, celebrate individuals and organizations that have significantly supported LINGOs’ mission: ensuring that its members and the NGO community at large have access to affordable, appropriate learning wherever they work.

Member of the Year: Heifer International

Partner of the Year: NetDimensions

Eric Berg LEAP Award: Vicki Aken, GOAL

Rising Star Award: Afia Asare, Opportunity International

Rising Star Award: Kimberli Jeter, PYXERA Global

Kimberli Jeter Named 2015 Rising Star Award Winner

KimberliFor 2015 Rising Star Award winner Kimberli Jeter, the conversation about learning and development quickly turns into a discussion about networks – between people, ideas, and the sum of their parts.

The Rising Star Award recognizes a new member of the LINGOs community who shares ideas, innovations, and best practices in support of the LINGOs vision and mission.

Kimberli, who is the Chief Learning and Partnerships Officer for PYXERA Global, works remotely from Colorado alongside teams based in Washington, D.C. and around the globe. She insists that as a learning professional, the distance can aid the final product.

In working remotely, she says, “you’re mindful of the fact that you’re serving a population you don’t get to interact with on a regular basis.”

It’s a distance that she shortens through technology and a steady curation of best practices – both of which form the heart of Kimberli’s work with PYXERA Global. There, she spearheads an initiative to provide staff with everything from information about PYXERA Global’s mission and projects as they onboard, to the courses they’ll need to master for their next promotion. To Kimberli, the success of the initiative “depends on our ability to understand the needs of the individual,” but developing the tools and programs takes a consideration of the collective.

To this end, Kimberli has leaned on the LINGOs community this year, the first since PYXERA Global joined. “Kimberli has been tasked with creating a learning strategy for a fast-growing NGO,” says Chris Proulx, CEO of LINGOs. “And when it came to LINGOs and what it could provide, she didn’t choose to take a year to get oriented, but instead has immediately jumped in and made connections within the community, asked questions, and has really worked with our team to employ the components of LINGOS that are most beneficial for PYXERA Global’s strategy.”

This includes collaborating with a working group of other member NGOs to develop “learning paths” from the array of courses available to the LINGOs community. She underscores that it’s a work in process – the group met in person for the first time at the Global Learning Forum – but it’s an important step for everyone using the new LINGOs Learning Platform. “We can build and lay out these tracks for people, so that…they can have a longer-term vision for their professional development,” she says. Training “doesn’t have to be ‘just-in-time.’”

For Kimberli, this tailored perspective on training dovetails with her experience so far in the LINGOs community. In LINGOs, she says, “you have different experiences, different perspectives, and different use cases. You can start to learn from others, create your own system…[and then] go back and contribute it to the community.”

About the Global Learning Awards

Presented annually at LINGOs’ Global Learning Forum, the Global Learning Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that have significantly supported LINGOs’ mission: ensuring that its members and the NGO community at large have access to affordable, appropriate learning wherever they work.

Afia Asare Named 2015 Rising Star Award Winner

AfiaFor 2015 Rising Star Award winner Afia Asare of Opportunity International, this year’s rollout of the LINGOs Learning Platform has been a demanding – but rewarding – project.

The Rising Star Award recognizes a new member of the LINGOs community who shares ideas, innovations, and best practices in support of the LINGOs vision and mission.

Afia, a Human Resources Assistant based at Opportunity’s Shared Services office in Accra, Ghana, wears many hats in her work, among which is the role of administrator for the Opportunity Learning Center, Opportunity’s online learning platform.

As administrator, Afia was deeply involved in the process of moving Opportunity’s learners to the new LINGOs Learning Platform this spring. And her methods for readying the learning platform to meet Opportunity’s needs were not so different from the same accessible learning she wants to provide for her learners.

Drawing on the support of her supervisors, the LINGOs community and learning found online, Afia gathered the tools to make the project happen. “I made sure that I attended LINGOs’ Office Hours,” she says, laughing. “I attended several meetings to learn best practices…I also used YouTube and the web to learn how to design in WordPress.”

Afia’s hard work paid off – the platform took shape. Now, Afia says, there are over 2,000 learners on the platform from 15 of the countries where Opportunity International works. She works with 15 administrators on the ground in those regions to continue optimizing Opportunity’s learning offerings to the needs of her learners.

About learning accessibility, Afia is firm. She says that these days, it isn’t about “just going to town to buy books. If you want to read, you can go online and search for whatever you want to learn…So I feel like [the new platform] is just bringing learning to the doorsteps of people. I feel very rewarded being in charge of a system like this, and working for Opportunity as a whole.”

“Afia took the initiative,” says Chris Proulx, LINGOs’ CEO. “She’s a great example of one of a few of our main member contacts who are in regional or field-based offices…and who are able to tap into the global LINGOs community to leverage the resources and best practices that can help them do their jobs that much more effectively.”

With the new LINGOs Learning Platform ready, Afia is setting her sights on expanding the learning offerings to more of Opportunity’s global staff.  That, and leveraging the tools that the new platform has to offer.

“One area that I want to explore is certificates,” she says. “In general, people want to be recognized. They want people to see what they’ve done – to have something to show.”

It’s a journey that begins with accessible learning, wherever it is that you are.

About the Global Learning Awards

Presented annually at LINGOs’ Global Learning Forum, the Global Learning Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that have significantly supported LINGOs’ mission: ensuring that its members and the NGO community at large have access to affordable, appropriate learning wherever they work.