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Reducing the risk of children drowning in Ghana

Aroma of Wisdom International School

Drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death of young people in every region of the world. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working with Felix Foundation in Ghana since 2015 to deliver water safety education through schools across Accra. In 2017, the project – funded by Jersey Overseas Aid – reached more than 25,000 children with water safety messages. Aid Works was commissioned to evaluate the project’s effectiveness and impact. Read the report here.

Aid Works – 2017 Year in Review

The past year has been a year of seismic shifts on the global stage. Fake news, bad news, attention-grabbing headlines questioning the effectiveness of aid. But we believe that aid can work and statistics prove us right.

2017 was our most successful year yet thanks to our committed team and we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.

We hope you enjoy our year in review – download our Annual Report 2017 here.

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

Help us feed families in South Sudan this Christmas, simply by spreading the word…

Every Christmas, we choose a grassroots project to support – this year we are helping out our old friends, Sonja and Elger Nieuwenhuis, who carry out an annual food distribution in South Sudan. Read on to find out more about the impact they are having on some of the poorest families in Juba, and how you can get involved. 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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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

Networking – who will you meet today?

NetworkingThis month the School for Social Entrepreneurs focused on networking – no, not the kind involving cables – but the kind we often ignore as we hide behind our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our followers will know we post regularly on social media, but it’s important to meet people face to face, too. Kate Welch, founder of Social Enterprise Acumen talked us through recognising your key networks and personal networking traits. It’s really difficult as a start-up to get your voice heard, or your products and services known to others. Top tips that came out of the session were: Continue reading

Stakeholders aren’t just for Christmas…

Stakeholders Picture

Some of our current stakeholders

In 2015, Aid Works won a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund and Lloyds TSB. As part of the school, Aid Works and other start-up social enterprises have been taken through key topics for successful enterprises. Today’s topic was Stakeholders, an important topic for any organisation trying to reach its full potential.  Continue reading

Talking about the F-word…Finance!

F-word Image

Today, the School for Social Entrepreneurs took Aid Works and other start-up social enterprises through the critical thinking needed around pricing and finance systems. Pricing can be a hard topic to talk about for a social enterprise, when people perceive us as ‘tree huggers’ or expect us to provide products or services for free. However, we compete in the same market as for-profit companies. Continue reading