Tag Archives: Aid sector change

Compliance vs change: How to shape your team culture

2020 has taught us that it’s even more important to have a strong team culture. Leaders are responsible for the organisation of team culture – but the culture is then defined by what happens when leaders are not looking. What you do, how you act as a leader, is what the culture becomes. Continue reading

Anti-racism is about the change you make

Let’s be honest. Change is hard!

It’s not easy to focus on change, with so much work going on – so many problems to solve just to keep the day-to-day going. So much office politics, noise, emails, Zoom calls… Continue reading

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

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