KP Webinar

GPSA WebinarFunding, Learning and Impact: How do grant-making practices help and hinder real grantee learning?

June 3, 2015, 10:00 am EDT

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About the Webinar

There is an increasing awareness by actors seeking to promote government openness and accountability that learning is essential to their effectiveness and impact. External funding is often necessary to support these efforts. However, too often external funding can force organizations towards rigid and linear projects, with little scope for adaptation and little incentive (or support) to prioritize learning. In this webinar, the author of a recent report on funding practices and learning, Jenny Ross, will present lessons about what works, what doesn’t work, and what grant-makers and grantees can do to support and enable learning.


A summary of the report is available here.

The full report is available here.





The webinar will be followed by a 3-week e-forum held on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Knowledge Platform where multiple stakeholders representing a wide range of grant-making institutions and grant recipients from philanthropic foundations, official aid agencies and civil society will be invited and encouraged to share their perspectives.

More information on the Expert Forum here.

About the Speakers

Jenny RossJenny Ross
Independent consultant and INTRAC Associate

Jenny Ross is an independent consultant and INTRAC Associate. In this capacity she works with a range of organisations in the transparency and accountability sector to strengthen their planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches. She is formerly Deputy Director of Publish What You Fund, Programme Leader of the aidinfo programme at Development Initiatives and Regional Governance Adviser for Oxfam GB covering the Horn, Eastern and Central Africa based in Nairobi. Jenny has led capacity strengthening initiatives for international NGOs and national and local civil society organisations. In addition, she has provided strategic advice to donors on how they can more effectively support and enable their grantees to influence processes of change in complex contexts. As an experienced trainer, Jenny developed INTRACs distance learning advocacy and policy influencing course as well as courses focusing on influencing and supporting change in complex contexts. She has an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a MSc in Humanitarian Assistance from University College Dublin.

BrendanBrendan Halloran
Programme Officer at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Brendan Halloran is T/AI’s Program Officer, leading our workstream on Impact and Learning. This aims to support T/A practitioners, funders and researchers to increase and use their learning about where, when and how T/A initiatives succeed (and don’t), to create new ways of working together, and to increase their impact. He coordinates TALEARN, a community of practice involving individuals from these different groups, all working on T/A work from all around the world , who want to come together to engage and learn from each other. It’s a safe space to ask tough questions and explore ways forward together. He also leads T/AI’s involvement in brokering and supporting new research and other learning efforts around transparency and accountability issues.

Prior to joining T/AI, Brendan spent five years in Guatemala working on and researching governance issues, most recently as a Democracy and Governance Advisor for USAID focusing on analysis, strategic planning and program design. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Planning, Governance and Globalization. His research examined the socio-political dynamics of local development in a low-income urban community in Guatemala City. Brendan is interested in politics, governance and foreign aid, and he blogs on these issues at

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