Tag Archives: Aid Workers

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.

We can’t wait to connect with researchers and change-makers to discuss the future of leadership in the aid sector 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.

It may lead, perhaps, to a more evaluative form of management and feedback, and probably to an aversion to risking trying new ideas. It’s hard.

But what if in 2021 we focused more on people than results?

What if we focused on coaching our teams in the true form of coaching? Not career coaching, but coaching to help them take the lead and facilitate the teams’ ideas – truly listening to what they have to say.

It may take longer – at first – to give them this time and support – but the rewards and possibilities will be worth it.

  • What went well?
  • What was a challenge for you?
  • What else? (My favourite question)
  • What does success look like? (Future focused)
  • What does support look like? (Future focused)

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Why creative ideas may be rejected by change makers

If you work like us, you may have many ideas about improvements to projects/processes on the edge of the box. You might bend, break or blend other ideas. Or you could come up with amazing outside the box thinking.                                          

However, often we get knocked back by clients or other change makers,  and sometimes get frustrated.

Why can’t they see what I see? Continue reading

Lessons from facilitating remote team implementation

I currently lead several new projects in South Sudan and Somalia for a client. New teams, new projects, new dynamics, new client needs, new stories, new biases, new worldviews. Here’s some lessons from the last couple of weeks. Continue reading

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

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

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

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.

Aid Works has created a generic 1-page coronavirus (COVID-19) information poster containing instructions on how to adapt it for your organisation and context

Featuring 5 easy-to-follow guidelines to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19, you can use the poster to support your organisation’s coronavirus health messaging. The text is short and can be easily translated into different languages. The text highlighted yellow indicates the information or image that needs to be inserted into the poster. There is a Powerpoint version and an InDesign version. Please contact info@aidworks.org.uk for a copy of the InDesign version. Please share widely!