AEN adopts a unique educational approach that incorporates
intercultural communication, organizational learning and policy briefs into its work.
Its programs are developed accordingly to achieve optimized results.
Intercultural communication refers to the communication process in between individuals and entities from distinct backgrounds. It is a critical part to consider as AEN’s work is to facilitate communication and collaboration. The individual people and entities involved in AEN’s programs come from a variety of backgrounds as shaped by religion, ethnicity, education, social customs and other factors. In this condition, they tend to encode and interpret messages very differently. The intercultural communication can be hindered when individuals from one culture interpret the behaviors of individuals from another according to their own values or norms. To avoid the problems or conflicts, AEN helps all the involved parties understand each other and foster mutual understanding.
Organizational learning is a very broad term to generically refer to the improvement of an organization over time. To measure organizational learning, a common way is to look at how an organization gets to increase its quality of work and efficiency. AEN notices the lack of monitoring and evaluation of the social projects carried out at the community level in many African countries, particularly in their rural villages. To maximize its social impact with the limited resources, AEN finds it necessary to fill the void here, making it a reality to track different organizations’ project outcomes and help them periodically upgrade their work methods and strategies. Doing so will stimulate and guide the organizations to make the most use of their resources and boost their capacity to deliver high-quality services.
It is hard to connect the dots and get your very own findings if you do not have sufficient dots to begin with. AEN’s policy briefs are here to help. It has a team that regularly follows up the latest news and policy changes related to social development in African countries, and compile this information in a concise and analytical way. It informs our audience of the policy trends and the dynamic landscape of the development work in Africa. In addition, it presents the values and lifestyle that exist in different African cultures. Each brief will cover profiles of policy leaders and development organizations, as well as excerpts and syntheses of latest policy analyses. It will also give an overview of what has happened over the past quarter of the year and a brief projection of the trends that may lead to the near future.
|AEN’s work approach that entails the three components on the left side allows itself to optimize the circulation, allocation and utilization of limited funds, talents and skills. In essence, these three sections intersect and interact positively with each other, ultimately maximizing the work efficiency and outcomes of each one of them.
To be specific, the programs in intercultural communication accelerate the process to cope with a foreign system and to achieve consensus out of controversy, which directly helps individuals and entities adapt and smooths the program implementation in organizational learning. In turn, progress made in organizational learning can advance the intercultural communication to a higher level, in a deeper sense. Additionally, the newsletters expand people’s knowledge of the social policies and development trends as well as the values and lifestyles of different cultures, which builds mutual understanding that is essential to intercultural communication and organizational learning.
The responsibilities and work strategies for each of AEN’s three programming sections are briefed in the following pages: