2-day Online Seminar: Decolonising Humanitarian Action
We have commissioned the Workroom, to run a two-day seminar on “Decolonising Humanitarian Action” for our member organisations and their partner organisations. Friederike Bubenzer and Carolin Gomulia delivered the training for the Workroom and advanced the joint preparation of the seminar with their good ideas, professional knowledge and own experiences as well as their pleasant and open manner. During the seminar, they managed to create a trusting atmosphere for the participants in which they could exchange openly. Many thanks for the good cooperation!
Karoline Krähling – Policy Advisor Humanitarian Assistance – October 2021
Carolin is since November 2021 a senior consultant at MzN International. Supporting various of our NGO and INGO clients across the globe with funding support, strategy and organisational development, Carolin offers fresh insight and critical thinking. She doesn’t shy away from complex tasks, which she performs with excellence and integrity. Her well-established client-handling skills and experience of working with diverse clients is a great asset for MzN International. I am glad to have her as part of our team.
Chris Meyer zu Natrup – Director – MzN International – October 2021
Strategy, organisational development and fundraising support
The Kwando Carnivore Project was guided through a strategic planning and fundraising process by Carolin in order to develop capacity and resilience within our programme. Carolin grasped the concepts and issues of our conservation work in a very short space of time and imparted insightful guidance that has been hugely beneficial to the management and operation of KCP. We look forward to including her skills in furthering our development.
Lise Hanssen – Director – November 2020
Carolin convinced us with her clear and structured way of working, she quickly familiarised herself with our requirements and the requirements of the project proposal. We could always rely on a fast, detailed and elaborate feedback and the adherence to the agreed tasks and deadlines. It was a very pleasant and fruitful cooperation, during which we never doubted that the final result would be very good. She brought in her own ideas and experience and always kept up the communication flow between the different actors involved.
Kindernothilfe e.V. – October 2020
We (the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria) embarked on an evaluation of one of our projects, the Capacity Building Programme to Advance Human Rights in Africa (CAHRDA) in September 2020. From the outset, we were keen to find an evaluator that would fully appreciate the nature of our work, and therefore provide objective feedback on the Project. The Workroom team (consisting of Carolin and Elena) worked very well with us and demonstrated a high level of professionalism. They invested time to understand our work and our rather complex operating environment, and were able to provide constructive feedback throughout the process. They were swift with communication and responsive to any queries we had throughout the period of evaluation. We were satisfied with the process, and final report of the evaluation.
Nkatha Murungi (Assistant Director) and Frans Viljoen (Director) – September 2020
Carolin ran a 5-day project planning workshop for us. It was very well planned and thought through. Importantly, she easily translated the sometimes difficult to understand Logframe requirements into simple, practical terms that our staff could relate to. Her style is calm and easy-going, which was great since there was some robust discussion and contested ideas amongst the participants. She was very intuitive and could respond to the group dynamics. I appreciated her availability and flexibility throughout the process, during and after office hours. In the end, we got a very workable and clear plan out of the process. I am in full support and would recommend Carolin for any related work in her field of expertise.
Limeez Botha – Executive Director – September 2020
Carolin is a thoughtful and engaged practitioner who was able to accurately capture GFSA’s strategic vision, at the same time as being able to drill down into some of the detail, demonstrating an extraordinarily fine appreciation of the nuances and complexity of our work and the way in which we work. She is curious about organisations and organising in the current context both in South Africa and globally and provided a space for enquiry and reflection. Her recommendations included some very practical immediate actions as well as some innovative ideas for reframing how we think about ourselves and our role in helping to build a vision for a more just and equitable world. Carolin is a delight and pleasure to work with.
Adèle Kirsten – Executive Director – November 2019
The outcome of our workshop with The Workroom was a clear understanding of the link between our organisational strategy and core values, and the fundraising strategy we adopt. With that in mind fundraising is not something we do in addition to our “actual” work, it is inextricably linked to our work. That realisation has shifted the way we view and do fundraising! Thank you for your time and expertise.
Karen Nelson – Director – August 2019
Carolin has contributed greatly to the development of our work and of clearly defining our goals and strategies. Her calm demeanor and consistent work ethic has helped to create a space that is intentional and meaningful; we have been very lucky to be able to work and engage with The Workroom!
Chris Meintjes – CEO – August 2019
Carolin was the just right person at just the right time for us. We needed someone to help us up our fundraising game, and to design a strategy that met our unique needs. Carolin was able to learn the ins and outs of our organization quickly, and provided solid suggestions for reimagining the fundraising landscape for the Children’s Radio Foundation. She helped us set realistic goals, and provided a clear guide to get there. Her knowledge of the donor landscape is extensive, and reaches far beyond South Africa.
Michal J. Rahfaldt – Executive Director Children’s Radio Foundation – June 2019
The institute for Justice and Reconciliation is happy to endorse and recommend the work of Carolin Gomulia of the Work Room. She has helped us to conceptualise and implement an ambitious new initiative which has yielded excellent results in a short space of time.
Stan Henkeman – IJR Executive Director – June 2019
Deinen Report habe ich mit großem Interesse gelesen und danke Dir für Deine Mühe. Du hast wirklich ein sehr gutes Talent, alles wunderbar zusammenzufassen und in Worte zu kleiden. Großes Kompliment! Du hast einen super Job gemacht, alles toll analysiert und uns den Weg in die Zukunft gewiesen!
Rev. Otto Kohlstock – Director – April 2019