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Traffic accidents: the main cause of aid worker deaths in developing countries

Traffic accidents: the main cause of aid worker deaths in developing countries | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Why is road safety still a major blind spot?

A young aid worker getting ready for her first big move to a developing country might worry about falling ill with malaria, typhoid, or dengue fever, or perhaps being the unfortunate victim of a random act of violence. But of all the potential threats that this aid worker might face in her new home, the biggest is probably one that doesn't have such an exotic ring to it: a car crash.

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Do you have the competency to work in aid and development? |

Do you have the competency to work in aid and development? | | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Whether you have just graduated or are an experienced aid worker, there is always room to learn and develop new competencies. But, which competencies are the most valued?
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‘If we get it wrong, we put our staff at risk.’ The challenges of working in fragile contexts | Oxfam GB

‘If we get it wrong, we put our staff at risk.’ The challenges of working in fragile contexts | Oxfam GB | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

What are the biggest challenges in engaging with fragile and conflict-affected contexts? When we launched the Within and Without the State programme almost a year and a half ago, we certainly gave a lot of attention to risks and risk management. We thought hard about specific events or conditions that might have a negative impact on our work, and made our assumptions explicit in order to make informed decisions that balanced risk with likely outcomes.

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Rethinking the Role of International Aid Workers

Rethinking the Role of International Aid Workers | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
If we're going to improve the field of international development, we need to completely rethink how aid workers can be of greatest service to the communities they intend to help.
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New book: Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland

New book:  Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

"Rich with insight into the daily lives and entanglements, the dilemmas and reflections, of the people who work on the front lines of development in a period when roles such as altruistic hero, or technical expert, or even professional or employee are fragile, and the entire enterprise of development invites cynicism and critique. By opening the black box on development work, the authors offer glimpses of soul-searching and pragmatism in equal measure, as workers struggle to find meaning in their work, or simply to get their work done. It is an overdue topic, subjected here to searching analysis."

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