Finding the Courage to End Well
As a former staff member and board member, I am admittedly biased when I say that I am continually impressed by the poise, transparency and focus of the PEPY Cambodia team. In their effort to better serve the needs of the local community, they’ve had to make tough decisions to wrap up formerly-core programs at the local junior high school and pivot to a new, more impactful intervention with high school graduates.
The team has been mindful in engaging all stakeholders throughout the difficult process, including the wider development community. This stakeholder is often neglected, since NGOs rarely tend to publicly admit hardships and failures out of fear of losing donor funding or government approval/endorsement. PEPY’s commitment to sharing lessons learned and best practices, as well as transparency with all stakeholders (PEPY employees, government partners, beneficiaries, community members) throughout the process, should be commended. How else will the sector become more effective?