We facilitate change in civil society to succeed in a disruptive environment.
The direct impact group is an international consulting ﬁrm founded in 2014 that specialises in working with organisations that engage in the development of the civil society sector.
Our interventions are designed to get to the heart of the issue ad deliver clean, simple solutions. Simple solutions, because in a dynamic world where skill sets vary considerably only simplicity will get real and sustainable results.
We are committed to results that make a direct impact.
In a situation where a false start or a long learning curve in the execution of your strategy can determine success or failure, we ensure quick and sustainable results.
Our experienced team members have track records in the leadership of Civil Society Organisations and NGO’s. They know from ﬁrst hand experience what it means to turn strategic ideas into transformative results. Our consultants combine experience in the business sector with a track record of success at executive level for International Civil Society Organisations.
The direct impact group has a network in Europe, Australasia, India, South East Asia, North America, East Africa and the Middle East.
Our approach is simple, effective and ﬁeld-tested.
Our values established the culture of the direct impact group. They inﬂuence our thinking, decision making and daily behaviour. They are our promise to our clients and universal to our work.
The direct impact group is the result of the collaboration of consultants with experience in the civil society and the business sector. Together, the partners stand for more than 30 years' experience in leadership and management of international NGOs. Markus Hesse, Darren Ward and Dr. Guna Fernandez gathered their extensive expertise in the development of accountability of iNGOs, in several years of consulting work for international consulting companies, but also the leadership of international organizations. In the direct impact group they combine their shared enthusiasm for the work of the civil society sector. They stand for the quality and the group’s unique approach for consulting, facilitation and business coaching.
Markus has more than 15 years of experience in organisational effectiveness and 9 years of experience in senior and executive management of international NGOs. He has served as Vice President for Strategy and Finance of the international disability and development organisation CBM. Markus has worked as consultant, project manager, team leader, and consulting team member on more than 100 projects in a variety of industries for Fortune 500 and mid- sized companies. He has served on various NGO Boards and served as Member of the Board of Directors of the INGO Accountability Charter. The Charter is a cross-sectoral accountability framework working on human rights, sustainable development, environmental protection, humanitarian response, and anti- corruption. Hesse is managing the European operations and is a managing partner of the direct impact group.
Darren has over 15 years experience in senior leadership roles, including 7 years leading an international NGO. He also has over 10 years experience in NGO governance. His consulting focuses on strategy development, strategy execution, organisational development, change management and marketing alignment. Having served in a wide range of roles in both corporate and CSO organisations he has been part of significant change initiatives and organisational re-prioritisation. He has delivered significant performance across organisations of all sizes and stages of development. In addition to his consulting experience, he offers business coaching and provides strategic leadership to the direct impact group in his role as managing partner. Darren has served on various NGO Boards and as a strategic advisor to Boards and management. He is managing the Australasian operations and is a managing partner of the direct impact group.
Guna is a senior executive with 25 years of experience in international social and disability inclusive development. Guna has operated at global level, influencing policies with her cross cultural insights and disability programme experience. She pioneered initiatives in disability inclusive development for wider application. Her background in academia which honed her researching skills helps her in conceptualizing theories into practice. A strong believer of diversity and inclusion, she seeks opportunities to be a facilitator of change in the lives of the marginalised through her career. Guna has edited a reference book for professionals, “See with the Blind”. She is skilled in programme design and development, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accreditation, ISO 9000-2000 auditing, and training. Guna is managing the Asian operations and is an associated partner of the direct impact group.
Our experienced team members have track records in the leadership of Civil Society Organisations.
We are continuously developing our portfolio of consultants in the areas of strategy formulation, strategy implementation, accountability and operational improvement.
Today our portfolio includes over 25 consultants, living and operating in Asia, Australasia, East Africa, Europe and North America. Within the international direct impact group, we offer our services in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Tamil.
Our consultants are used to working on projects in virtual teams using web based collaboration tools, while having a liaison lead at the clients site, ensuring close and effective communication.
This approach provides you with the opportunity to gain international expertise with different professional perspectives, while keeping your costs under control.
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Commitment to a high standard of accountability
The INGO Accountability Charter provides a global, fully comprehensive and cross-sectoral accountability framework for Civil Society Organisations. Annual reports and a robust independent vetting mechanism have led to significant improvements in the quality of Charter Members’ work on accountability, transparency and effectiveness. The direct impact group supports the important work of the INGO Accountability Charter, which has become a driving force for excellence in the civil society.
Pioneering leaders in adaptive philanthropy
SharedImpact is the world’s first and only global donor-advised fund. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Hong Kong, SharedImpact provides philanthropists, foundations, corporations and family offices with access to social investment expertise. As a global network of charities created to foster social impact investment, SharedImpact is making it easier for donors, investors and charitable organizations to connect, give and receive donations. The collaboration of SharedImpact and the direct impact group provides innovative solutions for civil society organizations, foundations and businesses.
Critical thinking for a complex world
CoThink provides training and facilitation in the application of critical thinking processes like process optimization, problem solving and decision-making. CoThink and the direct impact group have jointly developed the RATIO Project Management methodology, a simple planning tool, which combines project management experience from the business and non-for-profit sector.
The direct impact group supports the formulation and execution of our client’s strategy and develop the organisation’s accountability towards beneﬁciaries, donors, governments, and the public.
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