Monday, April 25, 2011

Conclusion of ISPI IDEAS Committee

Dear IDEAS Colleagues,

During the final meeting of the 2010-2011 ISPI Board of Directors in mid April, the decision was taken to conclude the work of several committees within ISPI. One of these is our IDEAS group. As I understand it, the board decided that with limited staff resources and the more narrow sector focus of our team, that it would probably be more in the interests of the Society for us to consider re-grouping as either a "special interest group (SIG)" or perhaps a virtual chapter like the Armed Forces.

I appreciate greatly all the energy and efforts that you have put forth as individuals during the past year since our charter was established last April. Although we did not accomplish all that we hoped, we were successful to define an international development research agenda that should continue independently. Although we only began to open some doors within USAID and other donor agencies, we were greatly successful to strengthen the awareness within ISPI membership of both the opportunities and challenges of working in this arena.

If there is an interest in transforming this group into another working form, I will certainly be involved. However, at this time, it will be necessary for someone else to take on the leadership responsibilities.

Once again, I appreciate the volunteer support that you all have provided me during this time, and look forward to continued collaboration in the years moving forward. I encourage each of you to consider other volunteer contributions to the Society as a means to further your development and build a professional network.

M. Mari Novak C.P.T.

KNO Worldwide

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