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About the well being and psychosocial support for Humanitarian Aid workers, development workers and volunteers working under difficult circumstances.
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How People Learn to Become Resilient

How People Learn to Become Resilient | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Maria Konnikova writes about resilience and the skills that researches say can be learned to acquire it.
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I like this idea of 'resilience can be learned."  - In other words, living through adversity, be it endemic to your environment or an acute negative event, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll suffer going forward. What matters is whether that adversity becomes traumatizing.

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Psychological growth in humanitarian aid personnel: reintegrating with family and community following exposure to war and genocide

Psychological growth in humanitarian aid personnel: reintegrating with family and community following exposure to war and genocide | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
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Aid work in North Korea — 5 ways to stay safe and be effective

Aid work in North Korea — 5 ways to stay safe and be effective | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

DOING GOODINSIDE DEVELOPMENTAID WORKER SECURITY Aid work in North Korea — 5 ways to stay safe and be effective 0 The Monument to Party Founding in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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'How can aid workers protect their wellbeing while working in disasters?'

'How can aid workers protect their wellbeing while working in disasters?' | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Our expert panel shares advice on how to keep your team, and yourself, healthy and happy with working in disaster situations
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What did you say about keeping aid workers healthy and safe?

What did you say about keeping aid workers healthy and safe? | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
What did you say about keeping aid workers healthy and safe? Are you curious about how aid organisations could improve the health and safety of their staff? Or about what the World Humanitarian Summit...
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Aid workers suffer mental health crisis (Opinion) - CNN.com

Aid workers suffer mental health crisis (Opinion)  - CNN.com | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
An overwhelming proportion of aid workers suffer from mental health problems and little is being done to help them.
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Postmission Altruistic Identity Disruption Questionnaire (PostAID/Q): Reliability and Validity in measuring distress during reintegration following International Humanitarian Aid Work.

By Lynne McCormack in Humanitarian Aid Personnel and Trauma and Growth. Abstract Psychological care of humanitarian personnel exposed to high risk environments is not standardized across the sector. Particularly, returnees experiencing re-integration
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International Location Safety

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Comprehensive, cost effective and robust solutions for your safety and security training and management needs. SAFA offers our delegates an immersive, cost effective, risk appropriate, and in-depth training as they prepare for the realities of travelling to or living in hazardous or ‘deep field’ locations.

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Coalition must apologise to Save the Children staff after report, Labor says

Coalition must apologise to Save the Children staff after report, Labor says | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Independent report finds aid workers were unfairly fired on Nauru for political reasons and there was no evidence to back claims they fabricated abuse stories
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Trauma and the Humanitarian Aid Worker

Trauma and the Humanitarian Aid Worker | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

With rising political, economic and environmental instability, a growing number of the world’s citizens are becoming increasingly dependent on international humanitarian organizations for survival.  It is estimated that there are well over 200,000 paid humanitarian aid workers, along with thousands of volunteers, providing aid across the globe in the form of poverty and disaster relief operations.  These people live and work in some of the most hostile and dangerous regions.  And that comes at a very high cost to the aid worker’s physical and psychological well-being.

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Published 4 years ago, but still very much relevant.

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Fit for Purpose - A Field Mission Dilemma

Fit for Purpose - A Field Mission Dilemma | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Being Fit for Purpose matters to stay 'sane' and healthy in humanitarian aid work. The Dilemma is why and how? Field mission work is high risk. Why add?

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Greek Prosecutor Charges NGO Workers Over Refugees Rescue Bid

Greek Prosecutor Charges NGO Workers Over Refugees Rescue Bid | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

A prosecutor on the Greek island of Lesbos has brought criminal charges against five members of international charities for allegedly trying to help migrants illegally enter Greece.

 

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Why you're disillusioned with aid work

Why you're disillusioned with aid work | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Chris Blattman posted an interesting blog recently reflecting on why people get disillusioned with aid work. He argued that the “median development job is insulated from the world.” Cynicism isn’t an irrational reaction to aid work, but “completely sane and correct”. This is a paradox; in a profession dedicated to reducing poverty, almost no jobs…
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The troubling comfort of aid work in Geneva | WhyDev

The troubling comfort of aid work in Geneva | WhyDev | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Working in developed countries like Switzerland can be pretty comfortable for development workers. But Peter Fremlin questions when too much comfort becomes dangerous.
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I was raped in South Sudan ... then went back

I was raped in South Sudan ... then went back | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Aid worker Megan Nobert went public about her ordeal while working for the UN, then returned to South Sudan a year later
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I applaud the courage!

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How a top humanitarian organization recruits for conflict

How a top humanitarian organization recruits for conflict | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

RECRUIT WELLAID WORKER SECURITY How a top humanitarian organization recruits for conflict 0 Refugees in Uganda register their families with Uganda Red Cross volunteers. How does the ICRC build a pool of talent ready to work in conflict zones?

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Life after aid work: When the ground begins to shake

Life after aid work: When the ground begins to shake | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

DOING GOODLIFESTYLE Life after aid work: When the ground begins to shake 0 When this picture was taken in 1991, Nate Rabe was three years into his career as an international aid worker.

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MissionCreep Podcast

Fresh and frank voices in global development.

MissionCreep is produced by WhyDev, a non-profit organisation committed to getting aid and development right. Initially established as a blog, WhyDev of. Melbourne. 11 Tracks. 70 Followers. Stream Tracks and Playlists from MissionCreep Podcast on your desktop or mobile device.
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Trauma-relief for 600 Women through Sport and Play

Trauma-relief for 600 Women through Sport and Play | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

The Women on the Move Project is a psychosocial intervention which uses sport and play activities to enable women traumatized by civil war and violence to better cope with daily challenges, increase their self-confidence and improve their future...

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Mental health affects all of us and we need to talk about it

Mental health affects all of us and we need to talk about it | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
The #itaffectsme campaign aims to create a conversation around mental health issues and show just how prevalent they are. Laura Darrell, the woman behind the campaign, explains why it’s so important to her
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Mental health support in the global south: 'We need to help people come out of the shadows'

Mental health support in the global south: 'We need to help people come out of the shadows' | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
How can we better understand and treat mental health in developing countries? Our panel of experts share their thoughts
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Very relevant for the large majority of aid workers, working under stress and living with trauma, who are not from western cultures.

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What makes a country dangerous for aid workers?

What makes a country dangerous for aid workers? | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
The attack on Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan suggests that humanitarian work is becoming more perilous, but new research reveals the full picture is more complex
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Yes, and we still need to improve the support of aid workers who have been exposed to violence.

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Aid Workers Being Targeted as Yemen’s Crisis Worsens

Aid Workers Being Targeted as Yemen’s Crisis Worsens | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it
Humanitarian groups report attacks and deaths as they try to stop hunger and help the wounded in the Persian Gulf nation’s war.
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Australian aid workers abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso, officials say

Australian aid workers abducted by extremists in Burkina Faso, officials say | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

An Australian couple have been abducted in northern Burkina Faso, according to local government officials.


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Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers: Five New Findings

Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers: Five New Findings | Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers | Scoop.it

More aid workers are being targeted in violent attacks than ever before, but the roots of humanitarian insecurity have nuanced and surprising causes.

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A somewhat encouraging read!

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