Author Archives: Mia

Using monitoring, evaluation and learning in the fight against AIDS

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a complex not-for-profit organisation that focuses on the development of an AIDS vaccine and other biomedical tools. To measure the progress of its new five-year Strategic Plan, IAVI contracted Aid Works to develop an organisation-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) system. Continue reading

Aid Works nominated for International SME of the Year!

Aid Works’ success in 2017 has been recognised by an International SME Business of the Year nomination in the prestigious British Expertise International Awards. It’s been our most successful year yet thanks to our committed team. Aid Works has provided services in 17 countries, covering health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), community-based interventions, climate change resilience, and organisational development. We are providing our services to a growing client base, including Care, Crown Agents, Concern Worldwide, DFID, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, the International Aid Vaccine Initiative, Save the Children and UNICEF, to name a few. Continue reading

More in common – our hopes and dreams

We are incredibly excited to be partnering with arts charity, Ignite Imaginations, on an arts project connecting women’s groups and refugee groups throughout Sheffield.  Inspired by the words of Jo Cox – “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us” – the groups will participate together in creative workshops exploring the theme: More in Common – Our Hopes and Dreams.  Continue reading

Ensuring communities are better prepared for climate change shocks

Climate change is affecting all of us, but especially those in the poorest of nations. Aid Works has recently been chosen to conduct the final evaluation of the DFID-funded Building Resilience in Chad and Sudan (BRICS) project. BRICS is part of a three-year, £140m global resilience programme known as BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). Continue reading

Help us feed families in South Sudan this Christmas, simply by spreading the word…

Every Christmas, we choose a grassroots project to support – this year we are helping out our old friends, Sonja and Elger Nieuwenhuis, who carry out an annual food distribution in South Sudan. Read on to find out more about the impact they are having on some of the poorest families in Juba, and how you can get involved. Continue reading

DFID supplier event – our key learning points

DFID recently ran an introductory event for potential new commercial suppliers in Leeds. If you are interested in becoming a DFID supplier, here are our key learning points from the event.

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How can we best deliver education messages in schools?

Aid Works recently helped the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to identify good practices from developing countries in delivering education messages, and to do a stock-take of their Aquatic Survival Programme messages. Continue reading

Returning home from a mission? Not sure what to do next? Read this…

We’re really pleased to bring you this guest post from Jen McCanna, a leadership, career and team coach working with 1-1 and organisational clients within the charity and not-for-profit sectors.

Change is hard. Especially if you’re changing country, and job role, and aren’t sure what happens next.

Coming back to a country which isn’t the one you left behind is hard. If you’ve been working in international aid or development, trying to work out how the skills you had in the field apply to roles back home is hard. Do you suit a head office job, or do you go for something totally unrelated content wise but which focuses on the fast-paced problem solving nature of your past work? Continue reading

Ensuring better supplies for essential services

Aid Works has recently been chosen by UNICEF to conduct a supply chain assessment of health, nutrition and education commodities in South Sudan, in conjunction with Health Research for Action. South Sudan has some of the worse health and education indicators in the world, and it’s therefore essential that development partners ensure that health workers and teachers have the right resources, at the right time, to do their jobs. Continue reading

Implementing integrated health projects in Sierra Leone

Aid Works recently completed the final evaluation of GOAL’s Integrated Health project in Sierra Leone, funded by Irish Aid and the European Union. This is one of the first evaluations reviewing development-orientated activities in Sierra Leone, since the end of the Ebola crisis. Continue reading