How (and why) to compensate people of colour for their emotional labour

There’s been a lot of conversations about anti-racism recently, between individuals, in organisations, in the media, on the street. We ourselves have talked to a lot of people – of all colours – as we love to connect and support. But we’ve noticed something that perhaps needs more light. Continue reading

The platform for anti-racism in aid is you

‘I know in an age of social media it can seem like you need a platform to do meaningful work. Not true in the least. Your home is your platform, your extended family is your platform, your office is your platform’. – Rachel Cargle*  

Rachel could have easily have been talking about racism in the aid sector. Continue reading

You and Your Productivity

Some of you out there may already follow Tim Ferriss or have read one of this books/blogs. A podcast we found interesting was his interview with Adam Grant (an organisational psychologist).

Some of the learnings we took away were:

Tip 1 – Be emotionally stronger and more proactive in receiving feedback Continue reading

Brains and Leadership – your Neural Parliament

Dr David Eagleman (brain scientist) said:

‘For people to be successfully creative they need to take in their inputs and mix it, blend and put out new things. But there is a sweet spot between the novel and the familiar to be successful. This applies from visual artists to scientists’ Continue reading

Thomson Reuters Foundation, collaborating with Aid Works, have released a survey on racism in the aid sector

The survey is aimed at all current and recent aid workers, including those who have not personally experienced racism. It includes questions on your own experiences and questions on whether humanitarian groups are doing enough on this issue. It’s anonymous but there is an option to share details if you wish. Continue reading

Compliance vs change: Skills missing in the aid sector

More than ever, the aid sector is under pressure to deliver. The sector has created a suite of training to ensure that people learn what must be done – proposal writing, grants, finance, monitoring and evaluation, project management and many more compliance-related trainings. As compliance and results measurements become more complex, our focus has turned increasingly towards these areas Continue reading

Compliance or change? We must start focusing more on change.

Over the past decade I’ve noticed a much bigger push towards ensuring compliance of internal procedures for donors and large organisations (INGO, UN and private agencies). More and more we spend time on reporting, data gathering and other documentation – for internal purposes. This is great for compliance experts – plenty of work there! Continue reading

In the latest episode of Amos Doornbos’ ‘Courageous Change for Change Makers’ podcast, Amos and Aid Works’ Mo Ali chat about racism in the aid sector and what we can do about it

‘We’re not thinking about change. We’re thinking about compliance’ – Amos and Mo discuss their experiences of racism in the aid sector, racism within organisations and the unequal relationships between international organisations and the communities they work in, the need to make equity a priority and creating safe spaces for people to talk openly. Listen to the podcast here.

Find out more and listen to other episodes of the Courageous Change for Change Makers Continue reading

Aid Works is publishing its Evaluation Process Toolkit for free

At Aid Works we want to help build local expertise in order to support organisations and consultants in the global south to conduct evaluations. Our Toolkit guides you through each stage of an evaluation and is suitable for all experience levels. Consisting of the main Toolkit and 9 additional resources, it features useful tips and links, examples from our work and opportunities to contact us for further support. Find out how to access the Toolkit here.