EnCompass Insights

August 24, 2017

Group of coworkers team-building

In our ongoing efforts to model organizational excellence, EnCompass is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, for our clients and as a company. Much of the current conversation considers these terms together, as “D&I.” But having a diverse workforce doesn’t automatically create an inclusive workplace; rather, inclusivity is a prerequisite before an organization can leverage its diversity. Grasping this relationship requires reflection and a deep understanding of these intertwined elements of organizational excellence.

What makes a workplace diverse and inclusive?

Research from institutions such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business shows...

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August 04, 2017

participants at a UN Cares workshop.

This post was originally published on Devex.com, by Emma Smith. EnCompass worked with UN Cares to design the UN for All learning modules, piloted them, and then designed and delivered a Training of Trainers to prepare UN Cares facilitators to deliver the modules. EnCompass is proud to support the critically-important work of UN Cares through the UN for All initiative.

UN Cares is the United Nations system-wide workplace program setup to provide information, learning opportunities and treatment to U.N. personnel and...

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June 20, 2017

Ethiopian Mother, Father, and Baby

The United States celebrates Fathers’ Day on the third Sunday each June, commemorating the contributions of fathers and father figures in children’s lives. Many men recognize the importance of being engaged and responsible fathers, but they are limited by gender norms and responsibilities that define caregiving and unpaid care work as primarily female activities.

According to MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign, progress towards gender equality in caregiving seems to have stalled. Earlier this month, MenCare released the State of World’s Fathers report, calling for a “bold agenda...

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June 14, 2017

This month, many individuals are seeking ways to be better allies by upholding and protecting the rights and dignity of friends, family members, and colleagues. But what does it mean for an organization to be an ally?

As we honor Pride Month at EnCompass, we have been reflecting on how our work supports dignity, security, rights, and inclusive human development. One recent example stands out.

EnCompass has been working with the Global Equality Fund, a multi-country, multi-donor effort that empowers civil society organizations and human rights...

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May 04, 2017

What is the future of evaluation in Africa? This is a question on many minds as evaluation professionals ponder global trends in their industry. Participants at the 2017 African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference in Kampala, Uganda, discussed cultural context at length and generally agreed that increasing African-led evaluations in Africa should be a priority. Kelsey Simmons, Evaluation Specialist at EnCompass, participated in these discussions, where she learned that EnCompass’ efforts to build a partner- or mentorship-style relationship with African evaluators in order to strengthen their capacity were both needed and appreciated.

We sat down with Kelsey upon her return to learn more about her experience at the AfrEA International conference.

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