Category Archives: Learning

How do local and national NGOs access funding?

Aid Works is assisting the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response) to understand the amount of funding reaching local and national NGOs directly and indirectly. The research will be used to develop case studies for Somalia and South Sudan. Continue reading

Reducing the risk of children drowning in Ghana

Aroma of Wisdom International School

Drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death of young people in every region of the world. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working with Felix Foundation in Ghana since 2015 to deliver water safety education through schools across Accra. In 2017, the project – funded by Jersey Overseas Aid – reached more than 25,000 children with water safety messages. Aid Works was commissioned to evaluate the project’s effectiveness and impact. Read the report here.

Bold ideas to improve the humanitarian supply chain

The challenge:
Today, more than 136 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises; millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery (USAID). 30 of the biggest donors and aid organisations have recently signed ‘The Grand Bargain’ agreement to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action. Donors are looking for innovation and creative ways to improve the delivery of goods and services to alleviate the growing need.  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

Creating chaos for CARE International UK

When you’re sitting in your UK office on a rainy day, working on a report or spreadsheet, it can be difficult to appreciate the crucial role that you are playing in helping the world’s poorest. How do you help all your staff – from finance to fundraising; IT to HR; programmes to policy – to understand and feel part of your overseas work?

That’s just what Aid Works helped Care International UK to do in our interactive, fast-paced and fun simulation for over 120 staff in central London. Continue reading

Is our Careers in Aid course for you?

We think our Careers in Aid course is the perfect introduction for anyone interested in a career in the sector – but don’t take our word for it…Hannah Edge, one of our course participants, tells is like it is…

I attended the Careers in Aid course in October 2015. As a student with one year of my Masters in international development completed, I thought I had a good idea of what I wanted from the course and from my career. Continue reading

Mid-term review of the Talent Development Project

Listen to this short podcast summarising our mid-term review of the Talent Development Project (TDP). The TDP builds the local capacity of national aid workers in countries that are frequently affected by natural disasters and emergencies. Find out:

  • How it’s funded and where it’s implemented
  • What our review covered
  • What has been achieved and what could be improved

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Reviewing DFID’s Integrated Community Case Management programme in South Sudan

Listen to this short podcast summarising our annual review of the DFID Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) programme in South Sudan. ICCM is a health strategy which utilises a massive network of community workers.  Find out:

  • What the programme aims to do
  • What it’s achieved in the last year
  • How to find out more about DFID’s work

Beyond evaluations: Community Connector Learning Review

Going beyond evaluations - Community Connector Learning ReviewAid Works recently led a learning review for USAID/Uganda via QED LLC’s Learning Contract. The objective of this learning review was to provide an independent assessment of the current status of the Community Connector project’s implementation approaches so that lessons and recommendations could shape and inform the design of future activities. The review covered nutrition, agriculture and livelihoods activities in north and south Uganda.  Continue reading