Crisis in Afghanistan – Guide to Contacting Your MP

Do you want to contact your MP about the crisis in Afghanistan, but you’re not sure how, or what to say? Download our practical guide, which includes details on how to contact your local MP and a letter/email template for you to use; key facts about the situation in Afghanistan; options for proposed actions that the government and MPs could take; and useful links, resources and a reference list. The template letter is also available as a word document.

Racism in Aid Survey Report

Aid Works teamed up with Thomson Reuters Foundation to conduct a rapid survey on racism in the aid sector in August 2020. Through this survey, we aimed to provide a platform for aid workers to share their experiences and ultimately, to provide an evidence base for change in the sector.

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Re-framing how we design the projects we implement – starting with one simple question

We are complex human beings

We are human. No shock there. We are all complicated individuals who have a unique set of experiences and thoughts. Our challenge in making change happen, is that we are not always sure what the people we seek to serve want or need. Because it’s really hard to find this out when we are under pressure to get results. Continue reading

Aid Works will be presenting at the Humanitarian Leadership Conference 2021

We are super excited to have been accepted to present at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership’s Humanitarian Leadership Conference 2021. We will be discussing the findings of our Racism in the Aid Sector Survey Report, which we conducted last year with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Shifting from exit interviews to entry interviews – to help change leadership approaches and create ideas

I read in the book ‘Originals’ by Adam Grant the idea of entry interviews instead of exit interviews, and realised this is an approach I was already doing – but didn’t realise.

I’ve been honing this over the last few months.

The concept is that instead of waiting to ask for ideas when employees (in my case consultants) leave, seek insights when they first arrive – gathering new suggestions and ideas. This makes sense, as how often in an exit interview – is the person looking at their watch and reading for the next thing? Continue reading

Managers who coach and lead

Managers in the social impact sector are overworked, under high degrees of stress and pressure to achieve results, and have to keep thinking about how to make sure projects show evidence of change and value for money.

This isn’t easy, as often we are expected to do more, and to reach more people, with less funding. Continue reading

When you create change and new ideas, you will have to deal with poorly delivered feedback

You tried really hard, put emotional labour into your creation. It could be a new blog, report, presentation, workshop, website or gadget.

And then you start getting feedback. And this can be hard.

Change and creating something new is hard and fulfilling work. Remember – not all feedback is useful, and you don’t need to listen to everyone. But you do need to stay level-headed, even if the feedback is not easy to work through.

We want to instil discussions about the tough topics with social change makers who want to do the hard work and make change happen – the rest of this article can be found via The Innovation community.

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What does success look like for you in 2021?

We’re not huge fans of new year’s resolutions. Gym, wake up earlier, starting hobbies can work for some people, but doesn’t work for others. You could set goals, make them SMART and even make a theory of change. We think this should be done quarterly (not the theory of change), but look at what you are trying to achieve as an individual across your entire life (not just work) on a quarterly basis. Continue reading

Leadership thought pioneers who aren’t talked about enough of in our sector

Two examples of leadership thought pioneers we don’t talk enough about in our sector are Barack Obama and Brené Brown. Both of them aren’t white men, which is also a bonus. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston – famous for her Ted Talk – The Power of Vulnerability as well as numerous books on leadership. Barack Obama – really needs no more introduction.  Our thoughts on how this links to our sector… Continue reading