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#MeToo in aid

‘Me too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame. ~Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement* People “doing good” around the world are also “doing harm”. No, I’m not talking about the “unintended consequences” of aid, but about … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: X/Y/Z – Xanax, Yoga and Zen

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. Today I’m serving you a trio of common (or not so common) practices among do-gooders: drugs, yoga and…Zen.  … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: W – Wounded Healer

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. I’ve always been a rather poor student of Latin and Greek back in high school, but I did love … Continue reading

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When ‘working from home’ isn’t as nice as it sounds

In countries where INGOs are seen with suspicion, some agencies choose to operate “informally” so they can assist people in need. When this happens aid workers are forced to “work from home”. I reflect on the impact this can have on our mental health, … Continue reading

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Black humour in crisis

The most recent chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria acts as a reminder of what the Syrian people have been enduring in these years of war. How can one cope with all of that? If you watched the … Continue reading

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I don’t have time

Scenario: A friend and fellow aid worker based in Sudan sends me a link to a website that runs an online course on Essential Principles of Staff Care  Me: Have you done it? Her: Of course not. I am too busy to … Continue reading

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Aid Worker Voices

Aid workers on idealism and pragmatism, diversity and the challenge of having a ‘normal life’  I’ve been reading Aid worker Voices by sociologist Tom Arcaro recently and I’d like to share some of its findings. As the title suggests aid and development … Continue reading

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Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

How do you prevent burnout? How do you keep sane when the road to doing good and meaningful stuff is paved with terrible managers, short-sighted organizational visions, and power relations that can bend your soul? How do you keep resilient in difficult places? … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: V – Vicarious Trauma and Vicarious Resilience

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. For those who have been following my blog, you know that I like to try and look at our … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: U – Uncertainty

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. When I first went to work in Palestine I brought with me a little book of reflections by … Continue reading

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