Tag Archives: International Development

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

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

Developing Monitoring & Evaluation Systems – Top Ten Tips

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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

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

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