- Communication Skills
- Aid Worker counseling
- Development during a maoist insurgency - how?
- Emergency water systems
- Reproductive health in Iran
- DRC: Where to find information?
- Increasing Your Effectiveness as a People Manager
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Lamqaddam El Mostafa in Morocco would like to know if anyone has experienced problems in communicating with communities or with project sponsors? What are the pitfalls? What are the lessons learnt? http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/124/10852.html
AID WORKER COUNSELING
Sankar Rajkumar hasn't found programs for aid workers who are in transition or have difficulties with stress or ideological conflicts. Do you know if this kind of support is available in India or elsewhere? http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/116/71.html
RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN A CONFLICT-AFFECTED AREA
Elizabeth is in Nepal, where there is an official government and a de facto maoist government, which controls many areas. To carry out development activities she must deal with both, and she's finding it extremely difficult to follow do-no-harm principles. What experiences can you share to help her? http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/1/10833.html
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EMERGENCY WATER SYSTEMS
For installing emergency water systems, Stephen's advice is to use what is available, encourage local volunteer response, use local techniques, and don't pay in such a way as to raise expectations or block any future possibilities. Also, if there isn't a health warning system, establish one so you know where to concentrate your efforts. Alan suggests that this is a participatory question rather than a technical one. Luis recommends "Managing Water in the Home: Accelerated Health Gains from Improved Water Supply," a 2002 WHO publication available on the web. http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/141/10728.html
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN IRAN
Beth tells us the Global Gender-based Violence Technical Support project has worked on reproductive health issues for several years and shares web links that have information and support. She suggests pitching the health angle. Everyone agrees that healthy babies, mothers, and fathers is a good thing. Bryan directed a birth defects research unit in Sri Lanka. He offers many details from his store of experience. A clinic could serve the needs of 3 groups: (1) government officials--meeting a justifiable need; (2) health workers--source of information, coordination and education; (3) mothers and families--giving help and education. http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/141/10790.html
DRC: WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION?
Jean provides a brief overview on living in DRC. Most humanitarian workers live in eastern Congo. It's safer in Bakavu, from which you can reach the rest of the country by boat, plane, or auto. Several international and local NGOs are based in the cities. Keeping safe requires some vigilance. Local wages are low, and the economic situation could be better. The cost of living is affordable except for areas near mines, such as Lubumbashi, Mbuji Mayi, or Kananga. Rent for a house varies throughout the country, from US$200 to US$1200. Postal service is slow, but major cities have Internet service, and three- quarters of the country has telephone service. http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/136/10801.html
INCREASING YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AS A PEOPLE MANAGER
To Ben's points, Bryan adds that it's important to keep in touch with the beneficiaries and keep their aims and objectives in sight. "Overall, an enhancement in sensitivity to others, whether colleagues or beneficiaries, must lead to better management." Majboor, in Afghanistan, welcomes this timely article and asks, "what is the scope of an HR Manager/department functions in today's workplace?" Ahlam Abdelmajeed's workplace has an annual performance appraisal for each staff member. But how, Ahlam asks, to ensure that the review is objective and honest? Jan bemoans relief agencies' short-term view: "Hire them, then lay them off at the end of contract. But who trains, who encourages the development of skills and the passing on of knowledge?" http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/258/10827.html
Aid Workers Exchange 16-JUL-03 ISSN 1478-5137