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

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

Depression: Let’s Talk – World Health Day 2017

Stress ©madstreetzToday is World Health Day, which every year marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization. This year the chosen theme is depression, which is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

As an organisation founded by, and supporting aid workers, we are acutely aware of the stresses involved in responding to humanitarian emergencies. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you are not alone – and there are resources available to help you. Continue reading

Be inspired this International Women’s Day!

17-year old Nyawal gave birth to her one-month-old son Kan Kuol at a primary health care facility funded by HPF. “I came to the clinic to deliver because of my past experience. I gave birth once before at home but the child died during delivery. This time I was lucky, it was a normal delivery but I felt safer with trained staff and they gave me medicine to prevent bleeding.” Credit: HPF/Liz Pick

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, we have asked our clients and partners to share their inspirational stories about women in aid and development. Even though we have first-hand knowledge of the fantastic work these organisations do, we have been bowled over by the positivity and impact of their projects. To read more, select Women from our news menu and be inspired!

 

Building the capacity of women engineers in Uganda

Read how the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, supported by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering, is becoming more gender inclusive, in this guest post for International Women’s Day.

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) was established in 1972 to promote the general advancement of science, technology and the practice of engineering and its applications, and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on those subjects amongst the members of the Institution. Continue reading

Training a new generation of women humanitarians

Read about the new generation of women humanitarians in Bangladesh, in this guest post by the Talent Development Project for International Women’s day. 

Women and children are often disproportionately affected when a disaster strikes. Yet they are rarely consulted, let alone involved, in humanitarian response initiatives. The humanitarian sector workforce is traditionally male-dominated, and this is particularly the case in countries such as Bangladesh, where women are discouraged from humanitarian work by cultural norms and expectations and are vastly under-represented in humanitarian leadership positions. Continue reading

Saving the lives of mothers and babies in South Sudan

Maria gave birth to her first child at a primary health care centre funded by HPF. “Many women in our community die in child birth. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I wanted to come here where there is a trained midwife.” Credit: HPF/Liz Pick

Find out about the lifesaving work of the South Sudan Health Pooled Fund in this guest post for International Women’s Day…

Worldwide, more than 300,000 pregnant women and girls die every year due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth. The scale of maternal mortality across the world reflects a situation of inequality and discrimination suffered by women throughout their lifetimes.

From 1990 to 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44% – from 385 deaths to 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. Continue reading