Every Christmas, we choose a grassroots project to support – this year we couldn’t be more excited to be helping out Playgrounds for Peace in Dunkirk Refugee Camp. Read on to find out more about this initiative from some extraordinary ‘ordinary’ folk from Sheffield, and how we’re turning the charity Christmas card idea on it’s head to raise some much-needed funds. Continue reading
Aid 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
Here at Aid Works, we have extensive experience of reviewing and developing monitoring systems for a range of NGOs and donors. Here are our top ten tips for developing an effective monitoring and evaluation system: Continue reading
As part of our commitment towards helping aid organisations work more effectively, we run a pro-bono workshop for one organisation every year. This year, we facilitated a strategic planning workshop for UK registered charity Sircer Pasha Welfare Trust (SPWT). SPWT cares for the poor in rural village areas of Bangladesh, reaching over 230,000 patients through their medical health centre and mobile health clinics since 2005, with over 70% of those attending living in extreme poverty. Continue reading
We’re really pleased to bring you this guest post from Christine Williamson, founder of Duty of Care International, which works with organisations globally to support and protect employees. In this post, Christine advises us of the top ten things you should consider when deciding whether to work for an aid organisation overseas.
We all want to work for organisations who take good care of their employees, but it is a two-way street. Employees need to be able to determine if a potential employer provides appropriate duty of care, know their own responsibilities under duty of care and know when to speak up if there’s a problem. Continue reading
Aid Works recently evaluated DFID‘s Ebola Emergency Response Fund in Sierra Leone, as managed by GOAL. This effective and responsive fund filled critical gaps in the response at the height of the Ebola crisis. It provided patient facilities, training for health care workers, ambulances and food/non-food items for households under quarantine. To find out more about the fund, read our report or – if you’re short of time – listen to our podcast.
Aid Works has recently supported the development of the next DFID business case for integrated community case management in South Sudan. While doing so we’ve collected extensive secondary health data, which we thought would be useful to share more widely. To download a summary of the data, visit our Tools & Information page. Continue reading
We’re delighted to bring you this guest post from Kelsey Hoppe, an experienced aid worker and Chief Editor of Chasing Misery: an anthology of essays by women in humanitarian responses.
While travelling recently, I had a conversation that almost every other aid worker will have experienced. I was talking to a woman I didn’t know very well and she asked what I did for a living. I said that I worked with NGOs in Pakistan. After the obligatory explanation of what an NGO is, she exclaimed, “Oh, Pakistan! You must be very brave!” Continue reading
This annual competition provides an opportunity for leading professional services sector firms to showcase their outstanding recent achievements overseas. Mo beat off intense competition to win the award, judged by a panel of industry experts, led by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The award was presented at a gala dinner, attended by His Royal Highness and The Rt Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development. Continue reading
Here at Aid Works, we spend a lot of time helping organisations to improve their training sessions. Training is an essential part of aid organisations’ work, whether it be for staff (both local and international), government workers or local communities. PowerPoint is the ‘go to’ choice for most trainers, but it’s hard to create really effective presentations – we’ve all experienced boring and confusing training sessions with jumbled slides containing too much information! Better learning leads to better project implementation and training is about so much more than just giving people information. Here are our Top Ten Tips for improving how you train others. Continue reading