Tag Archives: International Development

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

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

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

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

Breaking taboos around family planning in Wajir

Find out how the Talent Development Project broke down socio-cultural barriers to family planning in Wajir, Northern Kenya, in this guest post for International Women’s Day.

Wajir, an arid land in Northern Kenya which is pre-dominantly Muslim-Somali, is reported to have one of the highest numbers of child-brides in the country.  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