Success Story: Panagora helps build capacity of 26 Bangladeshi NGOs

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Panagora’s President speaks on knowledge management at George Washington University

Ms. Bassan, Panagora’s President and CEO was a guest speaker on at the Knowledge Sharing and Management in International Development spring seminar series sponsored by the George Washington University’s International Education and Educational Technology Leadership Programs, aimed at exposing students to the growing importance of knowledge management in development. Ms. Bassan focused on the pragmatic elements of building a knowledge management culture into existing institutions. This included a knowledge management effort at a major division of a large consulting firm. In that setting, knowledge must be stewarded from start to finish of the project cycle – proposal development, into project implementation, and finally closeout when the ongoing knowledge sharing with the development community culminates. Ms. Bassan also spoke about creating communities of practice within a major professional association in international development, the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter. As president of SID-Washington, Ms. Bassan led the effort to create virtual communities of practice among SID’s twenty some Work Groups, allowing sharing across organizational lines and types, on best practices and lessons learned in both thematic and regional areas. Ms. Bassan noted that knowledge stewardship is a behavior change within organizations and among individuals – technology can assist us, but the culling, using, and sharing of knowledge depends on each of us – and therefore building a culture of knowledge management must be treated like a communications campaign, buttressed by clear and straightforward work processes and incentives linked to success and recognition. In closing the session, Professor Ryan Watkins noted that Ms. Bassan’s pragmatic focus helped breathe life into the theoretical readings the class has been doing and made for a particularly participatory and engaging session. 

Panagora enlisted to help establish a web-based TB knowledge center in Ukraine

Panagora is helping USAID/Ukraine’s Strengthening Tuberculosis (TB) Control in Ukraine project (STbCU) create a web-based TB knowledge center, as a subcontractor to Chemonics International.

The center will help support the overall goal of STbCU to promote use of internationally recognized best practices in control and treatment of TB, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), and HIV/TB co-infection. Specifically, STbCU aims to improve the quality and expand availability of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) TB services. Establishment of a TB training and information resource center is an important step in reaching this goal.

Panagora is carrying out research to identify best practice among existing virtual TB resource centers and will help design and establish a center with stakeholder input to obtain the necessary consensus on function, content, approaches, and positioning to ensure sustainability. 

Panagora is excited to be a part of helping improve the quality and expand availability of the WHO-recommended DOTS-based TB services in Ukraine.

Panagora’s President, Betsy Bassan new chair of SBAIC

Earlier this month SBAIC, the industry association for small businesses providing professional services in international development, elected Betsy Bassan as Chair. Read the complete press release here.

Announcing subcontract win: five-year performance and impact evaluation of USAID/Uganda’s innovative Literacy and Health Education Program

Panagora is thrilled to be the sole subcontractor in NORC’s winning proposal to carry out a five-year Performance and Impact Evaluation (P&IE) of USAID/Uganda’s Literacy and Health Education Program.

The goal of the USAID-funded Literacy and Health Education Program is to improve the quality of education in Uganda, with an emphasis on early grade reading for 3.5 million primary schools students, and health and HIV/AIDS education. It also seeks to improve the availability and use of high-quality data for education sector decision-making, including on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Panagora is excited about working with NORC, a research and evaluation leader, and serving USAID/Uganda’s pioneering efforts to program multi-sectorally and implement USAID’s new evaluation policy and collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) agenda.

In this cutting-edge scenario, the NORC team will undertake performance and impact evaluation as a third party in an ongoing manner parallel to implementation. Throughout, we will maintain a close relationship with USAID, Ugandan counterparts, and the implementing partner, RTI, to maximize learning, facilitate continuous improvement, and increase ultimate program impact.

Panagora will support the overall evaluation effort, and lead the performance evaluation, complementing NORC with performance evaluation, literacy, and health and HIV/AIDS expertise.