Fail #NOT: ActionAid Hellas & HIGGS

23 January 2019 – Two NPO experts, Gerasimos Kouvaras, Country Director, ActionAid Hellas, and Sotiris Petropoulos, HIGGS Director shared with us their secrets about failed projects, the difficult moments in their career and the unique lessons, tools, and methodologies.

🔸 Gerasimos Kouvaras: Country Director of ActionAid Hellas since 2007. Gerasimos has been involved with studying, administration and support of Civil Society Organizations for more than 20 years. In the past, he has served as Director of the Amnesty International Hellenic Department, Special Advisor on Volunteering at the Ministry of Education, National Representative to the EU Youth Council, Director of Friendship Bridges and Head of Volunteering at the Hellenic Children’s Museum. He is also a Founding member of Fair Trade Hellas & Action Finance Initiative – AFI.

🔸 Sotiris Petropoulos: HIGGS Director. Sotiris has organized and implemented capacity building training seminars for more than 300 NPOs in Greece and the Balkans, supporting their operational and organizational capabilities. He was elected Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese in 2017. In the period 2008-2013 he worked in the advisory company “Ernst & Young” as Head of International Donor Development Programs. During 2012-2015, he was the Managing Director and Researcher in the Evaluation of Greek Nonprofit Organizations “Thalis I”, with 158 NPOs participating. His articles on the Greek ecosystem of NPOs have been published in many international scientific journals and collective volumes.

What are the HIGGS Fail #NOT Events?

These events present failed projects of organizations with significant experience that can answer the following questions:

⭕ Is a failure crucial for a project?
⭕ Does it happen to the best or the worst and why?
⭕ What are the main causes of project failure?
⭕ How can a failure become a tool for a Nonprofit Organization?
⭕ How can a Nonprofit Organization learn from a failure?

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