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Helping a global NGO develop a private sector engagement strategy.


The Client

Care International is a global federation of development organisations. By 2020, they aim to be supporting over 150 million people around the world.

The Challenge

Build a cohesive global team around a shared private sector engagement strategy.

The Project

Care International asked us to help them create a cohesive global team, connected by their commitment to the organisation’s private sector engagement agenda.

The team at Care had realised that the more they could strategically engage with the private sector and influence the way it operates, the more they could impact the lives of the most disadvantaged people and communities in the world.

As a result, they saw an opportunity to reach out across their global workforce, and better connect colleagues with a stake around a shared private sector engagement strategy. They wanted us to connect and help them agree how private sector engagement fits within and contributes towards the success of Care’s global programme strategy. To help them make this happen we designed and facilitated two retreats.

The first was for 13 key stakeholders in Amsterdam which established who the group was, why they wanted to come together, and what they wanted to do.

The second was a 5-day retreat, for 30 colleagues, from 14 different countries, all with different job titles, but all with a shared agenda to increase Care’s impact by joining up its private sector engagement work. Specifically, we helped them connect their private sector engagement work with their global activity in the areas of climate change, food security, women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion and sexual reproductive maternal health.

We believe the best talent development work is done live and in context, so we were delighted to be able to work with the team in a Sri Lankan tea plantation, right at the heart of the organisation’s work. In Sri Lanka, we worked with the group to ensure we achieved and exceeded the goals we had set for together. We used field trips, story telling, self forming group work, expert speakers and pitching sessions focused on winning resources and support.

The work galvanized the Care community around a shared agenda, helping them to develop and share best practice around that agenda with the rest of the organisation.


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