Every day, aidworkers go about their work in often complex, challenging and unpredictable environments. The hazards and risks are usually well known, but the policies and procedures designed to protect people are sometimes less clear.Caring for people at work means many things. It encompasses health and safety, psychosocial care and security management, and extends to the economic wellbeing (pay and benefits). The responsibilities for looking after staff may be shared between different…See More
"Whilst I agree that 'professionalising' may help, I fear that it will be a step towards bureaucratizating the sector. I may be swimming against the tide, but I think that what aid workers need is enhanced emotional intelligence, more…"
I'm a clinical psychologist, once upon a time I was an aid worker, then I then figured that most of us need as much support as the 'beneficiaries', so working in partnership with Oxford University, I went on to create Mindfulness for NGOs, a staff-care project that combines Eastern meditation and Western psychology to help relief worker not to go crazy in the madness of this line of work. Skeptical about aid as an agent of change, for me "changing the world starts from within".