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Aid Workers' Network (AWN) Research Report 2008

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Aid Workers' Network (AWN) Research Report 2008

  1. 1. RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT: FIND SUITABLE WEBSITES TO LINK TO AID WORKERS NETWORK, INORDER TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF AWN’S EXISTENCEIn carrying out this assignment, I conducted various Google searches, to find appropriate websites. Iwas advised to find websites that linked to sites such as Oxfam and ReliefWeb; and so I conductedfour Advanced Searches, finding sites linking to Oxfam, ReliefWeb, Development Gateway, andOneWorld. While these searches gave plenty of results, many were blogs, internal pages, or newsarticles.I also carried out Google searches using words or phrases I believe people looking for aid work orresources would use, such as: “aid work”, “development work”, “aid jobs”, “development jobs”,“humanitarian jobs”, and “relief jobs”. While this came up with some unsuitable suggestions (likegeneric job search engines), it did also find some good suggestions, including two that AWN isalready linked to (World Service Enquiry and AlertNet).My second method was to go through all the links on the AWN site, and decide if they were suitableto link back to AWN. This yielded quite a few results, since AWN has a comprehensive list of links tosites concerning aid and development work.I decided to go through all the links I have on ‘My Favourites’ regarding aid and development, andsee if any were appropriate. Using this method, I managed to fill up the last couple of spaces.Below I have listed 20 results, with the organisation’s name, URL, a brief summary of what they do,and why I believe they would be appropriate to link to AWN. I did want to include well knownorganisations such as Oxfam, Amnesty and Christian Aid, but these do not appear to have Linkspages on their websites.1. Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International)http://www.merlin.org.ukMerlin responds to emergencies with health care and medical relief. I believe they would beappropriate to link to AWN as they provide training courses for people working in aid, and thosewho want to work in aid. There are also adverts for UK and international jobs, and internships intheir head office.2. RedR (Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief)http://www.redr.org.ukI believe RedR would be appropriate to link to AWN because they run training programmes open toindividuals and relief and development organisations. There is also a recruitment service and anonline network for humanitarian professionals.3. Mango (Management Accountancy for Non-Governmental Organisations)http://www.mango.org.ukI believe Mango would be appropriate to link to AWN because they run financial training coursesspecifically for NGOs, as well as having a recruitment service; and are linked to on several websitessuch as Oxfam, ReliefWeb and university careers sites.4. MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières)http://www.uk.msf.org/ or http://www.msf.orgI believe MSF would be appropriate to link to AWN because it is a well-known internationalhumanitarian organisation, and probably one of the first stops for people looking for opportunitiesin aid work.
  2. 2. 5. The British Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org.ukThe Red Cross is part of the world’s largest independent humanitarian organisation. I believe theywould be appropriate to link to AWN because many people visit the website looking fordevelopment work and ways into the sector.6. Development Gateway or DG Foundationhttp://www.developmentgateway.org or http://www.dgfoundation.orgThe Development Gateway is an online portal for development information, and part of the DGFoundation. It includes dgCommunities, a collaborative space for development professionals; andAiDA, a directory of official development aid activity.The DG Foundation is an international non-profit organisation providing web-based platforms tomake aid and development efforts more effective.I believe one of these would be appropriate to link to AWN because they are a widely-used globalresource for research and information, and a large global network.7. ReliefWebhttp://www.reliefweb.intReliefWeb is the leading online gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters,as well as providing links to jobs and training. I believe it would be appropriate to link to AWNbecause it is widely known, and was on the first page of results when I performed a Google searchfor “humanitarian jobs” and “relief jobs”. I also used it extensively whilst studying “Economics ofFamines” and “North-South Linkages” modules in university, and found it a useful source of links todevelopment work and information.8. Save the Childrenhttp://www.savethechildren.org.ukSave the Children is a charity aimed at transforming attitudes towards children, and work in theareas of campaigning, programmatic and emergency response work. They advertise UK volunteeringopportunities and paid work in the UK and internationally. I believe they would be appropriate tolink to AWN because, like the Red Cross, they are well known, and likely to be somewhere people goin search of job opportunities in development.9. VSOhttp://www.vso.org.ukVSO is a well-known international development charity, recruiting volunteers to work abroad indevelopment. I believe it would suitable to link to AWN as it is visited by many people looking fordevelopment work, and has links from pages such as World Service Enquiry, The Guardian anduniversity pages.10. World Volunteer Webhttp://www.worldvolunteerweb.orgWorld Volunteer Web provides information and resources linked to volunteering, which can be usedfor campaigning, advocacy and networking. I believe they would be appropriate to link to AWNbecause I believe that some people interested in volunteering may also be interested in aid work ingeneral; and also that people interested in aid work may seek out volunteering opportunities,knowing it will improve their skills and strengthen job applications.
  3. 3. 11. PovertyNethttp://www.worldbank.org/povertyPovertyNet is part of the World Bank website, providing information on key issues concerningpoverty, for practitioners and researchers. I believe they would be appropriate to link to AWNbecause this would be a resource for people studying development, who may then consider going onto work in development.12. Ethical Careershttp://www.ethicalcareers.orgI believe this would be an appropriate site to link to AWN because it provides information and advicefor people who want an ‘ethical career’. It has articles and profiles on careers, and a comprehensivelist of links.13. BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development)http://www.bond.org.ukBOND is the UK’s broadest network of voluntary organisations working in internationaldevelopment. It manages training, advocacy and information services. I believe they would beappropriate to link to AWN because this was on the first page of results when I performed a Googlesearch for “development jobs”. It is also cited in places such as Prospects, the careers website foruniversity students and graduates.14. Eldishttp://www.eldis.orgEldis is part of the IDS at Sussex University, conducting development research. It is cited in manyresources about international development. I believe it would be appropriate to link to AWNbecause it is well-known to advertise job vacancies, being linked to in places such as Prospects; andalso has links in OneWorld, UN pages and university careers pages.15. Prospectshttp://www.prospects.ac.ukProspects is a website for university students and graduates, providing information on courses andcareers. It has a library of career profiles, one of which is “development/aid worker”. This has linksto ‘what to do next’ and places to ‘find out more’ if you are interested in this type of work. I believethis is a good site to link to AWN as I personally used it extensively whilst at university, and still douse it several years on.16. Worldwide Volunteeringhttp://www.wwv.org.ukWorldwide Volunteering provides access to information about volunteering opportunities in the UKand abroad. I believe they would be appropriate to link to AWN because, like World Volunteer Web,people interested in volunteering may also be interested in aid work; and people interested in aidwork may seek out volunteering opportunities, to improve skills and strengthen job applications.17. Generation Whyhttp://www.oxfam.org.uk/generationwhyGeneration Why has been created by Oxfam, aimed at people aged 16-24, who “question what’sgoing on in the world and want to do something about it”. I believe they would be appropriate tolink to AWN because its target audience are people who want to make a difference. Perhaps someare already thinking of working in aid, and there may be others who use the site needing careerguidance. As part of Oxfam it should get a lot of hits, and the Oxfam main site does not appear tohave a Links page.
  4. 4. 18. Skillshare Internationalhttp://www.skillshare.orgSkillshare places international development workers with partner organisations, assists with financialresource development, and also conducts the Leadership Development Programme (“an initiativedesigned to develop the strategic leadership skills of their partner organisations”).I believe they would be appropriate to link to AWN because it is a well known development agency,with links from pages such as World Service Enquiry, Make Poverty History, and university careersites.19. DEVJOBShttp://www.devjobsmail.comDEVJOBS posts hundreds of international development vacancies each week. I believe they would beappropriate to link to AWN because they are a well-known global resource, and it was on the firstpage of results when I performed a Google search for “development jobs”.20. DevJhttp://www.devj.netDevJ is a career portal advertising international jobs in development, from small NGOs tomultilateral organisations; and providing a career guide portal, with articles and links to appropriatewebsites. I believe AWN could be listed here as an appropriate site.

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