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How do I lead a team in international development to better performance, while maintaining my wellbeing and making an impact in the community? Using her 12 years' experience in international development as well as professional coaching background, host Torrey Peace answers these questions and more in The Aid for Aid Workers Leadership Podcast. Here you'll find a mix of mini trainings and step-by-step guides, as well as best practices from other aid workers and a healthy dose of coaching from ...
 
Hi, my name is Kimber Vradenburg, and I've been a humanitarian practitioner for over 20 years. I love this work, because it continually asks me to reflect, grow, give the best of myself and live in my integrity. Specifically, I love working with practitioners in the field serving their own communities. They are the people upon whom every humanitarian effort depends. They are also systemically undervalued. Over two decades I’ve worked with these incredible practitioners, meeting as people wit ...
 
This is a podcast about doing good, better. It is built around an idea that technology and innovation might help us fight poverty and live healthier lives in the future than we have in the past. We will be speaking with innovators, non-profits, social enterprises, and donors. Our goal is to share individual stories, challenges, and successes to help others understand how technology can be used to better serve those who need it most. Show notes are available at AidEvolved.com.
 
Shin Fujiyama is a CNN Hero and the Executive Director of Students Helping Honduras. He lives with 30 former street children in Honduras where he runs a school and international NGO. He lives on a wooden tree house built on a mango tree. In each episode Shin will be interviewing a proven social entrepreneur or NGO leader in the nonprofit or international development aid industry-- including several CNN Heroes and bestselling authors. They’re going to deconstruct their journey to explain HOW ...
 
Ad Pacem is a weekly podcast from Chile in search of world peace through exploring various Defense and Foreign Relations matters in simple words for people with little time. Get in touch with us using the hashtag #AdPacemIdeas on social media or become a patreon on patreon.com/AdPacemPodcast and join our community. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show and keep moving towards peace!
 
We discuss a range of topics around water and solar water pumping worldwide. We interview LORENTZ Partners, organizations, government, entrepreneurs, and experts in the field of water, bringing to life solutions which benefit people, animals and crops worldwide. We share stories of how water works all around the world from tapped drinking water in Germany all the way to countries with no formalized water infrastructure. We’ll be looking at water for irrigation, water for livestock and water ...
 
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What type of questions do you ask yourself and others - high quality, helpful questions or low quality, helpless questions? Often we don't stop to think about how the questions we choose can impact ourselves as humanitarian leaders and our teams. For example, a high quality, helpful question can help you or someone on your team move forward and cre…
 
After rising to the top of the global consulting industry, Rahul Mullick joined the Gates Foundation to oversee some of their most ambitious work in digital and technology. Today we look back on what Rahul learned and how his investment strategy evolved in the 7 years he spent with the Gates Foundation. We discuss Rahul's ground-breaking work to ta…
 
I remember when I sent my first email. I waited in excitement as the dial tone sounded, and the email I just typed blinked from my outbox... such a magical moment! Since then, email has become more of a source of anxiety than excitement, as many can probably relate. And when people misuse email, it becomes even worse. Not only does the misuse of em…
 
In this episode, we explore the veneer of beliefs and the prevalence of resilience by looking back through the contexts we’ve discussed so far, from Ghana to Ethiopia, and bringing in a narrative from Rwanda to underline some of the key themes. This is the 5th episode, which I cheekily equate with the tricky 3rd album in music-industry-metaphor... …
 
Marlene Mhangami is a remarkable woman. She was the first African woman to join the board of the global Python Software Foundation (PSF). PSF develops and maintains the Python programming language, one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Marlene was also chair of the first ever pan-African PyCon (Python Conference). She co-found…
 
One of the requests I frequently receive in leadership coaching is to help humanitarian leaders build their self-confidence. The hope is that by having greater self-confidence, they will be able to do more and grow more. This is great, but I have also found there's a lot of confusion around what self-confidence is and where it comes from. And knowi…
 
There's no denying that the future is looking bright for solar powered water pumping in Argentina. In this episode, we speak about the power of this technology with Carlos Ranftl from Tonka Solar, a LORENTZ distribution partner which specializes in photovoltaic energy and solar water pumping in Argentina. Carlos plays an integral role in the compan…
 
In this Episode, we are again in Ghana with Julius Kwami Tsatsu as our guest. This is Chapter 2 of our juicy dialogue, where we delve into beliefs, values and ethics and the contradictions therein. I share parts of my own journey to discovering and utilizing beliefs and values in my cross-cultural humanitarian work, and Julius shares examples of ho…
 
"I can't use coaching because I am not a supervisor." This is something I hear frequently from aid workers. But my guest today, Jenny House, will tell you it's not true. Although she wasn't quite sure how she would use coaching once she learned it, since taking my digital course Jenny has totally changed the way she worked with her colleagues. And …
 
Well hello hello and welcome to Episode 3 of the EoA podcast. Or as they say in Ghana, mema wo akwaaba, which means, I welcome you! My name is Kimber and I am your host. You guessed it, today we are in beautiful Ghana, West Africa, and I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Julius Kwami Tsatsu. In this chapter, we’ll be laying the groundwo…
 
In this episode... Why sharing human process-work is important, the role of social location in humanitarian practice and how 28 pastoralists-turned-health-workers made a difference to mothers and their babies in Southern Ethiopia... I would love to hear from you! If you have a comment, or a question, or a story to share, or you'd like to be a guest…
 
Sebastian Manhart has recently concluded his role as COO of Simprints. Simprints is the world's only nonprofit biometrics company focused on the last mile. He now works as an Advisor on Digital Identity for the German Federal Chancellery, the World Bank, and ID2020. In this conversation, Sebastian reflects on the eventful six years that he spent at…
 
"Society is putting the burden on people with disabilities to educate the world on being more accessible - and that is ableism." - Haben Girma, Disability Rights Advocate Call me ignorant, but I had never looked at it this way before: that what is making people "disabled" 80% of the time is the environment they are working and living in. In other w…
 
Well, it couldn't get more perfectly imperfect than this! In this inaugural episode I reveal myself as the newbie podcaster I am, and, share the first sliver of perspective on my experiences doing humanitarian aid work in the field. We start in Malawi, finish in Ghana and along the way I honour the beautiful messiness created by the labyrinth of hu…
 
If you want to find out where your limited thinking is limiting you, then just look at the places in your work or life that are not where you want them to be. Our thinking is very powerful, as it creates our emotions, our thinking and our behavior. And so if you have thinking or beliefs that limit you, then it will be difficult for you to advance a…
 
Ethos of Aid is the podcast where we explore the beautiful, messy, human and social nature of humanitarian work in the field. A space for dialogue and learning about how best to do this work together. Find me at www.kimbervradenburg.com or on the Ethos of Aid Facebook page, or @kimbervradenburg on Instagram.…
 
Gustav Praekelt is founder, chairman, and CEO of the African-based Praekelt Group. Praekelt has directly delivered essential health information to 100 million people around the world. Praekelt runs both the South African national COVID-19 hotline as well as the World Health Organization COVID-19 hotline, making it the most popular WhatsApp service …
 
When ordering food at a restaurant, depending on where you are ordering something like "chips" or "biscuits" or even "cookies" or "crisps" can bring something different than what you expected. This is only one relatively harmless example of how working in different cultures can be confusing and at times, frustrating. Ordering the wrong food is unfo…
 
Let's face it, humanitarian and development work are reliably unpredictable. Insecurity, limited resources, and many other factors can make doing a simple task such as visiting a community challenging. One of the most dreaded tasks from my perspective as a leader was a funding cut. A sudden cut in funding not only impacts the communities where we w…
 
Today we dive into the life and side hustles of Ismaila Diene, a senior executive within Dimagi. Born, raised, and now returned back to Senegal, he shares his experience with the diaspora, homecoming, foreign aid, entrepeneurialism, and structural inequity. Ismaila is a member of Dimagi's global executive management team. He leads our team in West …
 
As a human, you've probably had a negative thought or two about your team members or direct reports. It is only natural, and yet, judging others negatively is NOT helpful as a leader. When you judge your direct report, you are assuming what you are saying about them is a fact, when it isn't. It is also not a useful place to be when you decide to ha…
 
Today we speak with Joy Kamunyori. Joy has a long career in digital health, and most recently was the Program Director at the Center for Digital Health at John Snow Inc (JSI). JSI is one of the largest global health firms, with thousands of staff and dozens of offices around the world, and the Center for Digital Health played a key role in enabling…
 
I am excited to share with you two lessons from the first level of my digital coaching course, The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101. After experiencing these two lessons my students' most common reaction is: "Wow, I thought this whole time I was practicing coaching, but I wasn't!" What about you? These lessons will teach you the differ…
 
In late 2020, a few months after much of the world entered pandemic lockdown, three different digital development podcasts were each independently launched: the ICT4D Conference Podcast, Pulse on the Principles, and Aid, Evolved. In this unscripted side chat, the hosts of these three podcasts gather together to figure out, "Are we all just doing th…
 
Nic Pottier is the CEO and co-founder of Nyaruka, a software startup founded in Rwanda. Nyaruka builds and maintains RapidPro and TextIt.com. RapidPro today runs in over a hundred countries worldwide, supporting national scale messaging programs and reaching tens of millions of people daily. My conversation with Nic traces his adventures moving fro…
 
As supervisors in international development it is easy to forget that we don't need to know all the answers. When our teams come to us with problems, our instinct or habit may be to tell them how to resolve their problem. Many of us may think that this is being a caring leader, but I would argue the opposite is true. In this episode, I will share w…
 
Recently I attended the Humanitarian Leadership Conference administered by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. There was a lot of talk of localizing leadership positions, and the desire expressed by INGO's to do so. And yet, why is it not happening more rapidly? A study presented by Bioforce on "The State of Humanitarian Professions 2020" focus…
 
If you're listening to this podcast, then you probably care about if your field staff feel valued. But as leaders, there are always blindspots, or areas we do not see or even know to look for that could be counterproductive to the work we want to do. In this episode my guest Hiba Al-Mhammad shares her experience as a former field staff and what she…
 
Rosa Akbari is a humanitarian technologist. She deploys digital technologies for crisis response, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently she was a Senior Advisor in Technology for Development at Mercy Corps, and before that has worked with organizations such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Dimagi, and the Unite…
 
Have you ever sat down with your team to discuss what went wrong with a donor visit or presentation, only to find everyone blaming each other and getting defensive? In this episode I provide a quick tip you can use that will change these types of conversations from unproductive to solution driven.
 
In some regions in Bolivia, less than 50 percent of people have reliable access to drinking water. The situation is grave and a solution is needed now. Ivailo Peña from SIE SA speaks about how solar water pumping and water dispensers can; and are, serving as a solution to this problem which is positively transforming communities countrywide. Tune i…
 
Are you making the best decisions for yourself and your team? We all want to become more caring and understanding leaders. The thing is, we are also only human, and our emotions can sometimes cloud our judgement and decision making. I see it all the time - the way we make decisions around time management and performance management - our emotions le…
 
Nithya Ramanathan is CEO and co-founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a technology non-profit. Today, Nexleaf technology protects the vaccine supply for 1 in 10 children born on Earth. Nexleaf Analytics is known for its work in low-cost smart sensor design, data analytics, and data advocacy. In this conversation with Nithya, we unpack the formative experie…
 
How much control do you have over your life? Probably more than you think. Many of us tend to give control over to others or our circumstances rather than take responsibility for our decisions. You may not even realize that you're doing it. But taking responsibility for where we are in life can be very empowering. In this episode I discuss how you …
 
In 2019, when I started thinking about doing a podcast on innovation in aid, I looked around to see what else was out there. At the time, one podcast stood out to me for its ability to capture the spirit of innovation in aid. It was the Terms of Reference Podcast, which Stephen Ladek ran from 2014 to 2018. Stephen recorded almost two hundred episod…
 
It's easy to forget that most of what we call "reality" is actually a story. A story we make up about ourselves and others. So what's the story you're telling yourself - and how is it impacting your life and work? As we get wrapped up in our stories, we paint a picture of the world around us and those in it and call it "reality". Sometimes it is go…
 
Ken Banks built the first version of FrontlineSMS over 5 weeks while unemployed at the home of his in-laws. Just a few years later, it was in use by development and conservation organizations in more than half of the countries in the world. He's described himself as a "scrappy" man who enjoys building his own websites and living out of a camper van…
 
We've all been there. You have an amazing meeting with your team, and can't wait to see the progress you've made by your next meeting! The next meeting comes and.... nothing. No progress. And no progress means wasted time, and resources - why are you even having these meetings if nothing happens afterward? I know how it goes. I've seen it not only …
 
We may have the best of intentions while coaching our team. But coaching can be counter productive if not done correctly - and with my students there are three mistakes in particular that are worth noting. In this episode you will learn three common mistakes coaches make, how they may impact the quality of your coaching and how to overcome those mi…
 
Today's episode is a far-ranging conversation with Matt Berg, founder and CEO of Ona. We peel apart the many layers of Matt's life as an immigrant, a celebrity, a geek, a maker, and a founder. We marvel at all the crazy technologies we thought might work in the 90's. We hear the surprising role music had in bringing Matt back to this continent. We …
 
The word "coaching" certainly has a lot of definitions these days. One of the most common misuses of the word "coaching" is for a type I am calling "checklist coaching." This form of coaching is usually done once or twice a year and involves a list of questions that you ask one by one. In this episode I share what checklist coaching is and four way…
 
We all want to be successful. But what is success really, and how will you know when you have it? Today I share some ways to think about success that maybe you haven't considered and how you can start being successful right now.
 
Rikin Gandhi reverse-emigrated to India to join a bio-diesel startup - which went under the week that he landed in the country. After that, he cold-emailed Microsoft Research to get a job. Three years later, he took the findings from his research to start a non-profit named Digital Green. Today, Digital Green is a leading organization which empower…
 
If your team is not reaching your team goals, it could be for a simple reason.... they understand the goals, but not how to work together as a team. In other words, they need operating values. I have put in place operating values for my own team and those of others over the years and found it very effective to increase team performance. In this epi…
 
This short episode is the first in our experimental ‘side chat’ format. It started out as I (your host, Rowena) was writing a ‘thank you’ note to our guest from last week, Eric Brewer. Somehow that email ballooned into a 3-page story about how Eric’s work set off a chain reaction which changed my life forever. I go deep to share a pretty formative …
 
There are a lot of INGO's and UN Agencies that claim to strengthen local civil society organizations, with the goal that local partner organizations can eventually become independent. But how often does this actually take place, and what truly needs to happen in order for local partners to not depend so much on international organizations? In this …
 
Dr. Eric Brewer is a remarkable man. He founded a company that made it to the NASDAQ-100 within 4 years. He shaped the backbone of the modern day web. He's gained, and lost, a billion dollars. He is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, Google Fellow, and VP of Infrastructure.Today we speak with Eric about his efforts to harness technology research to…
 
We all have stories we tell ourselves about our work and lives. For example, the story you tell yourself about why you didn't get that donor funding. Or the story about your relationship with your team. Or the story about living in a pandemic. What we forget sometimes is that our stories are just that - stories. And how we tell our story impacts ho…
 
If you're like me, it helps to hear what something looks like in practice over just reading questions on a page. In this bonus episode the Licensed Mental Health Counselor Kathleen Joseph shares one of her favorite exercises to do with clients to relieve stress and build resilience. You can see the activity below, but if you want to know what it so…
 
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