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Expert contributors for online course

Posted on 28 March 2017

Two expert contributors confirmed for CAHR’s forthcoming online programme Leading and Managing Effective Human Rights Organisations

We are delighted to welcome two expert contributors to our online programme Leading and Managing Effective Human Rights Organisations, running from 19 April to 20 June 2017 – Champa Patel of Amnesty International; and Gopal Rao, independent expert on financial stewardship and resilience.

Champa Patel is Director of Amnesty International’s South East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office. Champa has previously been Campaigns Programme Director for Amnesty International; and Head of Campaigns at Amnesty International UK, managing the Conflict and Tactical Program, Individuals at Risk Program and Priority Campaigns. She has also been Head of Casework and Activism, establishing Amnesty UK's first ever Human Rights Defender Program. Prior to Amnesty, she worked public health for nearly ten years, overseeing services and programs focusing on refugees and asylum seekers, particularly unaccompanied minors, children at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation and trafficked individuals.

Champa will be sharing her expertise of organisational development and of leading organisational change processes. During her week-long participation in the programme, students will be exploring how those leading and managing organisations can diagnose organisational strengths and weaknesses, and how to implement models of change processes which lead to positive outcomes.

Gopal Rao will join the students for the programme’s week-long module study on financial accountability and the right to funding. Gopal’s freelance work in international development has focussed mainly in the areas of organisational effectiveness, financial stewardship and strategy and leadership. He is currently engaged with several organisations, including human rights civil society organisations, on strategic finance related projects and developing their business strategies.

Prior to management consulting, Gopal worked for over 20 years in the international development sector assuming several management positions in Oxfam International. He was also Vice President at Oxfam America and the CEO of Responding to Conflict. Gopal is a fellow Chartered Accountant, with a professional qualification in International Development and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Further information about the online course:

The Centre for Applied Human Right’s online programme Leading and Managing Effective Human Rights Organisations runs from 19 April to , and attracts participation from a global range of human rights and civil society organisations.

All programme activities take place online, and can be done in your own time. The full course fee is GBP £430, and CPD Certificates are awarded to those who complete the nine week course. A very limited number of partial scholarships are available; we prioritise participants from non-OECD countries who are actively involved in human rights work, and who either hold a leadership position in a civil society organisation or demonstrate strong potential for such leadership. The deadline for scholarship applications is 31 March 2017.

Details of the course can be found here