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.

Unpacking anti-racism – are you a routine manager or a change maker?

When it comes to making change that drives equity and anti-racism in the aid sector, you do not need to be in charge to make a ruckus.

Your world view and your story affects how you will take a stance on racism and create equity. Your world view influences you actions, beliefs and judgements on situations. Your story is the narrative you tell yourself about who you are and what you do. As described by Seth Godin in his blog ‘Worldviews and stories. Continue reading

Our new six-session package Anti-racism Unpacked offers a safe, confidential space to help individuals become change makers in anti-racism

Anti-racism in development and aid is a huge topic. And at Aid Works we always want to discuss how to make ‘aid’ work better. We want to help you with your change process. We don’t have your answers, we want to help you come to your own answers. Get in touch. Find out more here.

Our Programmes Director Mo chats to GoGoDone founder Heather Chavin – they share their experiences of using GoGoDone to meet new people, get inspired and get their work done!

 

With millions of people across the world working from home, many may be struggling to stay motivated and achieve their goals. GoGoDone is a way to connect with others, maintain accountability and therefore enhance productivity. Continue reading