OD and International Development: Insights from Afghanistan


  • Suzanne M. Zaldivar.MSOD American University Inspired Inc.


As OD practitioners struggle to find ways to add value in a complex and unstable world, this article about a consulting project in Afghanistan affirms the value of an OD orientation – the embodiment of OD beyond its culture-specific tools and methodologies.  Since the original publication of the article, the US has decreased its presence in Afghanistan and the field of OD has increased its presence in building capacity around the world. The rich dialogue continues about what approaches work across cultures, and what methods must be adjusted or discarded.  What remains is the vast potential that OD as a practice has in bringing wholeness to organizations and society.

Author Biography

Suzanne M. Zaldivar.MSOD, American University Inspired Inc.

Suzanne Zaldivar, MSOD, is co-founder of Inspired Inc., an international organization development and executive coaching firm whose clients range from Fortune 50 and global organizations to small companies and non-profits.  In addition to her consulting and coaching work, Suzanne is an adjunct professor with American University’s master’s program in OD, has taught in the Business Department of Trinity University and has guest lectured at New York University.  She serves on the executive committee of the International OD Association. She can be reached at smz@inspired-inc.com.