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Is grit now more important for aid workers than resilience?

Dr. Scott Breslin, humanitarian worker and leader with almost 30 years' experience, argues that a key aptitude necessary for international aid leaders to successfully lead in an expatriate context is summed up in the word grit.

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New case study: learning review of organisational change

This case study is a summary of a recent external learning review undertaken by Jon Hailey, Professor of NGO Management at CASS Business School. Professor Hailey reviewed the transformation of EveryChild from an international NGO to a network of national NGOs, and its journey of change between 2008 and 2014. The issues highlighted include clarity of strategy and vision, transition planning, the perceived distortions of partnerships between North and South, staffing, resource allocation, leadership and commitment. This case study extracts, for People In Aid readers, some of the lessons related to staff which our members may value

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How can an organisation be 'future fit'?

By Jonathan Potter

Is your organisation future fit? I have been to a couple of meetings recently looking at what NGOs need to do in order to prepare for the future. Key lesson: we all know we need to dedicate the time to such thinking but the ongoing workload of immediate priorities too often wins.

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Read the full story  (9 January 2015)

The professionalisation agenda - where next?

In our recently published research report, The State of HR 2014: A Question of Impact, Executive Director Jonathan Potter writes about the professionalisation agenda in our sector, highlights some of the initiatives helping to drive it forward, and raises some of the issues that need to be addressed collectively in order for it to be successful. The following is an edited extract from the article, which can be accessed in full from the State of HR report.

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Read the full story  (7 January 2015)

Management transparency

By Jonathan Potter

LTA. Legitimacy, transparency, accountability. Of these three essential attributes of a civil society organisation, transparency is the one where others' perceptions can be most easily managed. The People In Aid Code encourages transparency in relation to consultation (Principle 4) as well as policy development (Principle 2). The new Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability also focuses organisational attention on it, in Commitments 4 and 9.

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Read the full story  (6 January 2015)

New actors and new systems bring new risks: updated Handbook of Good Practices for Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations available

Last week, Transparency International released an updated version of its Handbook of Good Practices for Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations. First published in 2010, the handbook is the culmination of a multi-year project designed to identify potential corruption risks in humanitarian operations, and develop tools for addressing those risks. Developed together with others in the sector, it covers policies and procedures for transparency, integrity and accountability, and shows how to tackle corruption risks from procurement and transport to human resource management and accounting. The 2014 update to the handbook reflects expanded and new content to ensure it remains relevant, useful, and supports our collective efforts in this area. People In Aid members can also now download copies of HR and people management related tools extracted from the updated handbook directly from our Resource Centre.

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