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While the US public focuses on upcoming presidential elections this fall, nearly 70 nations are or have already gone to the polls. Ground-breaking elections in Egypt, France, Mexico and Libya are having a profound effect on the global politics and development. To better understand these issues, on July 12, the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) hosted a panel discussion on elections and civil society in the developing world. Mr.


On November 7th, Tanzania-affiliated organizations, funders and academics from around Minnesota convened at the Wellstone Center to begin an important dialogue - how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work. As part of this day-long conference, attendees took part in sector-based discussions around best practices, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration in their work. After these discussions, there was a clear desire to continue the dialogue.  


 

In early February, Beth Scudder, MINN’s Chief Technology Officer started a trial of Salesforce, a customer relationship management (CRM) tool. The CRM would allow MINN to capitalize on opportunities, improve interactions with members, and provide a more intentional approach to networking and collaboration. Additionally, Salesforce would streamline MINN’s operations through more integrated campaign management.

The month-long trial demonstrated the CRM’s potential, and on March 19, 2012, MINN was granted free and full usage of Salesforce Nonprofit Edition.


On Wednesday, April 4, MINN and the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MN EA) teamed up to host a roundtable discussion on International M&E: Donor Collaboration and Sustainable Results.


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