Tag Archives: Anti-racism in Aid

Check out these books on racism, anti-racism and raising children

We’ve been reading books exploring racism, anti-racism and raising children. We’d like to share a list of these books with you. It isn’t a comprehensive catalogue – please get in touch with us if you would like to recommend any books on these topics and we will add them to the list! 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

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

Creating a sense of belonging with your teams – five essential leadership actions

Have you heard the phrases ‘best buys’, ‘investments’, ‘value for money’ or similar words that make you huff in your virtual meetings?

Sanitising our language means we dilute the many complexities of what it means to make social change happen. 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

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 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