Discouraged aid workers often throw in the towel because they misunderstand what it means to be resilient. Jodi McMurray describes five ways to develop resilience and become better able to cope with the challenges of development work.
Rather than asking what problems a community has, what if we asked what their strengths were? Carly Stephan describes how a strengths-based approach places people at the centre of creating change in their communities.
After eight months in Bangladesh, Rachel Kurzyp returned to Australia to find reverse culture shock made the transition back more difficult than she realised it would be. Here are the challenges she faced and the ways she found to cope.
Melissa Phillips and Susanna Zanfrini of the Danish Refugee Council describe the challenges faced by the urban displaced within Libya and ask if NGOs’ efforts to help migrants are really meeting the most vulnerable.
“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day-to-day living that wears you out.” Psychologist Alessandra Pigni explains what individuals and what aid agencies can do to make sure the day-to-day realities of working in aid don’t lead to burnout.
Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter how large or how small the organisation you work for is. If you work in aid and development, it’s up to you to look after yourself. Weh Yeoh tells you how.
“Awareness” is a great buzzword that doesn’t belong in any serious marketing campaign. Allison Smith weighs in on the recent #nomakeupselfie campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
The most comprehensive assessment to date of the social, economic and ecological consequences of human-induced climate change was released today. Erin Nash breaks it down into what you need to know.
Though it can be confused with stress or PTSD, burnout has different causes and remedies. Alessandra Pigni explains why burnout affects many aid workers and how it is caused by a particular way of working and a particular organisational culture.
A fascination with the Western world means teaching English as a foreign language is often modeled on Western paradigms. Yet David Picart and Eleanor Paton describe a better way of teaching English in the development context.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Brendan Rigby argues that with the many volunteers teaching English without any qualifications, this weapon is being brandished by those who don’t know how to use it.
While photos are a great way of preserving a moment, Christie Long questions the intentions and ethics of tourists taking photos of people they haven’t spoken to or built a rapport with.
Are aid workers more ‘maladjusted’ than others – or does our work just make our maladjustments more obvious? Amanda Scothern argues that aid workers have chosen a line of work that makes it hard to mask or ignore our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
People often use the argument that supporting people with disabilities has a low return on investment. Meghan Hussey argues the cost of ignoring over one billion people in the world is even greater.
Amanda Mitchell discusses learning services as alternatives to voluntourism placements. A series of videos have been designed to overcome misconceptions and educate on how volunteers can put their good intentions to good use.
A survey of aid workers by Elon University has been live for about one week. Interesting patterns are beginning to emerge out of the responses in regard to termination, burnout and why people leave the aid sector. J. gives us a brief look inside the survey.
There was the British version of ‘The Office’, then the U.S adapted and now we have a Kenyan version. Hussein, write and producer of the new TV series, The Samaritans, explains the idea and motivation for this satirical look at the NGO world in Kenya.