Knowledge Sharing Centre

For many years, a steady stream of people and organisations have approached Adara looking for help and information on how we undertake our projects and research, or wanting to understand the Adara operating model. We want to share what we do and how we do it so others can learn from our mistakes and successes and can, where applicable, replicate our processes and activities. Our dream is to move from supporting tens of thousands of people in need, to hundreds of thousands of people in need. We plan to do this by providing resources and training that can be used by other organisations looking for resources that they can use in their own activities.

Adara are now laying the groundwork for a more formal knowledge programme, including a stocktake of what we already offer, as well as guides, triaing manual and tool-kits in our areas of expertise. Below are some examples of Adara knowledge sharing activities over the past two years.

If you are seeking information on one of our projects and would like more information, please get in touch with us.

HOW WE ARE SHARING OUR KNOWLEDGE?

SHOWCASING PROJECT WORK AND TRAINING WITH IN-COUNTRY ENTITIES
  • These are just some examples of how Adara shares its knowledge with other development organisations.
    • In 2014, the ADARA team met with Aminata Conteh from the Sierra Leone Maternal Health Foundation to share knowledge of Adara maternal health programmes and offer suggestions as she begins her foundation.
    • In 2014, the Adara finance team met with Katie Priddis from So They Can to provide insights on managing finances in an international development context. They discussed key risks, compliance, and policies etc. The team also shared some of their policies and finance tools.
    • In 2014, our Nepali team met with the Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation (MHF) and shared the Adara model of operations with Yalbang school as an example of how to strengthen government-run schools.
    • In 2014, assistance was provided to a Professor of the Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health Director, International AIDS Research and Training Program, Director, Internal Medicine Global Health Pathway, at the University of Washington from our clinical practice team.
    • In 2014, a Bermudian INGO contacted our Nepal team to discuss Smokeless Metal Stoves and our experience in Humla to see if they could apply it the technology in Tanzania.
    • In 2014, Adara's Clinical Programmes Director provided advice and training to the maternity/NICU unit in Merrueshi, Kenya.
    • In 2013 our Nepal team ran a training programme on “Alternative Care Systems to run Residential Child Care Homes” for Child Welfare Officers from CCWB.
    • In 2013 our Nepal team ran a training programme on “Non-violent Child Discipline Training” for Kathmandu Valley School and British Gurkha Academy.
    • In 2013, Save the Children visited the NICU at Kiwoko Hospital for a study and filming tour. From this, they produced an article which included information and a photo from the NICU.
    • In 2013, a team from Nakasero Hospital, a high-end private hospital in Kampala, met with Adara and Kiwoko staff for a tour of the Kiwoko NICU so they can improve their own neonatal facilites.
    • In 2013, the National Hospital of Liberia enquired about our KPAP programme. Adara and Kiwoko sent them the KPAP manual that has been developed. The hospital is also affiliated with Harvard.
    • In 2013, Adara's Clinical Programmes Director provided assistance to Ian Clarke’s daughter (Ian was the founder of Kiwoko hospital) with her maternal infant child health studies.
PUBLICATIONS
  • For more publications, please refer to the Research or Media Coverage sections of the website.
    • 2014 Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. Where Have All the Young Men Gone? Social Fragmentation during Rapid Neoliberal Development in Nepal’s Himalayas, Human Organization, 17(1): 27-41.
    • 2013 Sanders, C. and McKay K.H. The Search for “Strong Medicine”: Pathways to healthcare development in remote Nepal using GIS,Technology and Innovation, 15(2):125-129.
    • Under review. McKay K.H. and Sanders, C. The Dual Collective Action Problem Facing a Latrine Program in Nepal, Sustainability.
    • September 2013 - One Women’s Mission - Bloomberg Markets by Sarah McDonald and William Mellor
    • January 2013 –Take the money and fund a good cause, Australian Financial Review
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
  • Our research and clinical teams are regularly invited to present our leading research at different conferences across the world
    • 2013 April 19-21, McKay, K.H., invited speaker at the Northwest Evolution, Ecology, and Human Behavior Symposium, University of Idaho, Boise. “But Then When Will I Smoke a Cigarette and Complain about my Mother-in-law? Collective Action Problems Facing a Latrine Program in NW Nepal”.
    • 2013 Sanders, C. and McKay, K.H., Invited participants, Santa Fe Institute’s “Network Structure, Political Hierarchy, and Economic Inequality” Workshop, Santa Fe, NM.
    • 2012 McKay, K.H., and Sanders, C., Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, “Making the MDGs a Reality in Remote Impoverished Communities of Nepal”.
    • 2012 McKay, K.H., and Sanders, C., San Francisco, CA: Poster presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, “The Search for “Strong Medicine” Pathways to healthcare development in Nepal using GIS”.
    • 2012 Sanders, C. and McKay, K.H., University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo: Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Himalayan Studies Conference, “Where Is This Relationship Going? Negotiating the Health Landscape in Himalayan Nepal”.
    • 2012 Sanders, C. and McKay, K.H., University of Kentucky: Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, “Capitalism and Communism in the Mountains: Decision Making About development technologies in Himalayan Nepal”.
    • 2012 Sanders, C., McKay, K.H., and Nordhagen, M., Baltimore, MD: Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, “Risk-Taking in Development and Conflict: An ArcGIS Exploration of the Role of Kinship in Humla District, Nepal”. Session: Boundaries and Borders: GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing in Anthropological Research. in Baltimore, Maryland.
    • 2013, May, Hedstrom, A.., Otai, C., and Bhatra, M., Demographics, Clinical Characteristics and Neonatal Outcomes in a Rural Ugandan NICU 2005-8, Pediatric Academic Society.
    • 2013, November, Hedstrom, A., Otai, C., and Bhatra, M. Demographics, Clinical Characteristics and Neonatal Outcomes in a Rural Ugandan NICU 2005-8,Pacific Northwest Association of Neonatal Health.
    • 2013, March, Hedstrom, A., Otai, C., and Bhatra, M., Demographics, Clinical Characteristics and Neonatal Outcomes in a Rural Ugandan NICU 2005-8 Respiratory Care Symposium.
SPEECHES
  • Our research and clinical teams are regularly invited to present our leading research at different conferences
    • May 2014, The Asia Pacific Families Investment Conference, Keeping Philanthropy Alive Through Generations, Susan Biggs
    • May 2014 – Behind Closed Doors, The Power of Partnership, Susan Biggs
    • April 2014 – Bermuda Supporters Event, Development in the Mighty Himalayas, Pralhad Dhakal
    • March 2014 – YPO annual conference, Who are we really?, Audette Exel
    • March 2014 – Women who Dine, Kimber Haddix McKay
    • January 2014 – Goldman Sachs Partners, Business can change the world, Audette Exel
    • January 2014 – Goldman Sachs Women’s network, My life supporting heroes, Audette Exel
    • January 2014 – Suncorp Women’s network, Dreams and disasters, Audette Exel
    • December 2013 – Women on Boards, Audette Exel
    • September 2013 - "Are five husbands better than one?", Tedx University of Montana, Kimber Haddix McKay
    • July 2013 – Merril Lynch Bank of America – The ADARA model, Audette Exel
    • July 2013 – Philanthropy Australia – 15 years of Learnings. Audette Exel
    • June 2013 – National Student Leadership Forum, Audette Exel
    • May 2013 - Communities in Control – Breaking down the barriers between business and community, Audette Exel
    • April 2013 Tedx Byron Bay – Business can change the world, Audette Exel
    • April 2013 – All About Women – How to be Brave, Audette Exel
    • March 2013 – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Women in International development, Audette Exel
    • Feb 2013 – Suncorp – My Life Supporting Heroes, Audette Exel
SHOWCASING THE ADARA MODEL
  • One of the main purposes of Adara Group, is to change the way people think about the role of business, and the power of business/non-profit partnerhips. As such, Adara often meets with people interested in implementing the Adara 'business for purpose' model, or similar social business models.
    • In 2014 ADARA met with an Australian woman working for an NGO based in Kampala, Uganda. She was interested in learning about alternate funding streams, and we explained to her the ADARA model.
    • In 2014, Adara CEO, Susan Biggs, met with Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation (an Andorra based Foundation) on the Adara model and our work in Nepal.