This page provides resources related to Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. More resources will be added in the future. You can also use the “search” widget of the blog to find contents related to you areas of interest. Please do not hesitate to Contact Me if you have any question.
Rotarian Economist Short Books series (free)
The Rotarian Economist Short Books series was launched in February 2017. The series provides rapid and practical introductions to topics related to volunteer work, service clubs, nonprofits, and the areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation. Books in the series are free and available here. Feel free to send the link (not downloaded books) to others.
Previous Book on Rotary
In 2014 I published with my daughters Membership in Service Clubs: Rotary’s Experience (Palgrave Macmillan). This book is not free, but a series of blog posts summarizes the main findings: 1) Introduction, 2) The Challenge; 3) Why Do members Join?; 4) Volunteer Time; 5) Giving and the Cost of Membership; 6) What Works Well and What Could Be Improved; 7) Targeting Geographic Areas for Growth; 8) Initiatives to Recruit Members; 9) Fundraising Events; and 10) Telling Our Story.
Partnerships, Innovation, and Evaluation
One of the books in the Rotarian Economist Short Books series is about increasing the impact of Rotary through partnerships, innovation, and evaluation. A series of blog posts summarizes key findings, as follows: 1) Introduction, 2) Buying Down Polio; 3) Providing Water and Sanitation in Uganda ; 4) Saving Mothers and Children in Nigeria; 5) Promoting Peace with Peace Centers and Fellows; 6) Investing in Disadvantaged Youth in the United States; 7) Fighting Malaria and Ebola in Mali; 8) Improving Teaching and Learning in Nepal; and 9) Increasing the Impact of Rotary.
Paper on Evaluating Rotary District Conferences
The paper is entitled Evaluating Rotary District Conferences: Lessons from District 7620. It is based on the evaluation of several conferences organized by District 7620. Key messages are summarized in a set of three posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Resources on the Rotary Foundation and Its Focus Areas
In addition, a series of posts (as explained here) provides links to open access publications from the World Bank on key areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation. The posts were prepared as a resource for participants at Rotary’s 2016 Presidential conferences on (i) peace, (ii) disease prevention/treatment, (iii) economic development, and (iv) literacy and WASH in schools. The publications can be accessed by topic on the following pages:
Project Lifecycle and RAGs
The lifecycle of a project resource can help you prepare, implement, and evaluate a service project. The site includes a variety of documents as well as webinars.
Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) may also be able to help you. The groups are led by Rotarians and Rotaractors in their field of expertise in order to help clubs implement projects and exchange ideas and experiences. There are more than 20 RAGs operating on a wide range of topics. A brief description of RAGs together with the contact information for most of the groups is available here.
Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers
The Cadre of Technical Advisers comprises of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise related to service projects all around the world, including for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects. Information is available here.
Membership Growth Potential Analysis
A series of briefs have been prepared on relative membership growth potential analysis for districts in Zone 33. The first brief explains the methodology. The others apply the methodology to 15. The briefs are published under this blog’s series. Links are as follows: 1) Methodology; 2) D-7770 Analysis; 3)D-7750 Analysis; 4) D-7730 Analysis; 5) D-7720 Analysis; 6)D-7710 Analysis; 7) D-7690 Analysis; 8) D-7680 Analysis; 9) D-7670 Analysis; 10)D-7630Analysis; 11) D-7620 Analysis; 12) D-7610 Analysis; 13) D-7600 Analysis; 14) D-7570 Analysis; 15) D-7550 Analysis; and 16) D-7530 Analysis.
Other Series of Posts on Areas of Interest (Indirectly Related to Rotary’s Focus)
ECD Online Course: For those interested in early childhood development (ECD), this free online self-paced course was designed at the World Bank by colleagues and I to serve as an introduction to ECD for policy makers and practitioners. The course takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. A description of the course together with a link to access it is available in a 3-part story on the course: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
3-Part Stories: Blog posts are meant to be short and to the point. But this may make it difficult to provide slightly more in-depth analysis or coverage of an issue. This blog has been be experimenting with 3-part stories (three consecutive posts on a topic). Below are the 3-part stories published to date apart from those already mentioned above.