How to clear a space for strategy and planning

SPWT Strategy WorkshopAs 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

Applying for an overseas job? Have you considered duty of care?

Christine WilliamsonWe’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

Evaluating DFID’s Ebola Emergency Response Fund in Sierra Leone

Free From EbolaAid 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.

South Sudan Health Stats – Country Comparison

South Sudan Health StatsAid 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 pageContinue reading

Dispatches from the Field: “But, is it safe?”

Kelsey HoppeWe’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

Founding Director of Aid Works wins Young Consultant of the Year accolade

Young Consultant of the Year - Mo Ali of Aid Works

Mo (centre) receives his award from HRH the Duke of Gloucester

Aid Works Founding Director, Mo Ali, has won the Young Consultant of the Year award at the prestigious British Expertise International Awards 2016.

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

Making Training More Engaging – Top Ten Tips

Making Training More EngagingHere 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

University Challenge, Anyone?

Health Committee Meeting in Magwi County

Health Committee Meeting in Magwi County

Aid Works recently partnered with University of Sheffield postgraduates to work with unused data from a large-scale community survey. The survey was originally carried out by the DFID-led Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan with our support, back in 2014. Continue reading

Register now for our free Women in Aid event!

Women in Aid Event

Are you interested in humanitarian aid and international development? Have you ever wondered what issues particularly affect women giving and receiving aid? Do you want to learn more through the personal experiences of women who have worked in the aid sector?

Date: 8th March, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
Price: Free, but spaces are limited so please book your ticket on Eventbrite using the button below

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Volunteer Opportunities

Training course participants doing group workWe are recruiting for three exciting new volunteer opportunities available in our Sheffield office. Lasting 3 to 6 months, for 7 hours a week, these entry level positions will provide valuable experience for anyone wanting to start a career in aid. Closing date 28th January. Find out more and apply here.