About: Alessandra Pigni

Alessandra Pigni is a psychologist, organizational consultant and a PhD candidate at King’s College London where she is researching organizational culture in humanitarian agencies. Alessandra is an advocate of the idea that caring for ourselves is crucial for those who serve others. In 2010 in partnership with The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (Oxford University) she founded the project Mindfulness for NGOs to provide mindfulness-based stress reduction training to aid workers. In the past she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Israel/Palestine, and China. She blogs at Mindfulnext.org and you can follow her on Twitter @mindfulnext.

Recent Posts by Alessandra Pigni

Are you psychologically equipped for working in aid and development?

Alessandra Pigni has collected stories, reflections and suggestions from humanitarian professionals on the topic of self-care. With this, she has put together a white paper series of practical recommendations to better prepare humanitarian professionals for field missions. Read more about this ground-breaking series in her second post for whydev.org....
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Reflection and action

The stereotype of the under-resourced, run-off-their-feet NGO worker exists for a reason. It's easy to get carried away with all of this, but in the end, how effective does this make us? In a cross post with Mindfulness for NGOs, Alessandra Pigni highlights the importance of reflection as action, and...
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