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The Latest Issues and Trends in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
DEVELOPMENTS
MONDAY 
September2008 Vol. 26, No. 9InterAction
Insights Froma NoviceGardener My BossDoesn’t Get It!
Why Good Management andStaff Well-being Matters
Peer Support InHumanitarianOrganizationsStaff CounsellingIn theUN System
  
 
 
PsychosocialIntervention WithNational Staff Working InHIV/AIDS Projects
TheImportance
 
Staff Care
 
of 
 
Features
Why Bother With StressManagement?
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Ignoing  in hwokplc ld o inicincy,incivn nd nov.
Staf Counselling Withinthe UN System
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unid Nion  ndili bni o wll ognizd y o pychoocil ppo.
Social Support
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I  c n individl o ngncy ponibiliy?
Insights From a NoviceGardener
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Whn i co o ning, conid gowing wlln gdn.
My Boss Doesn’t Get It!
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Why good ngn nd wll-bing .
DePartmeNts
Inside This Issue
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Letters
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Washington Update
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Inside Our Community
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Southern Voices
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Career Developments
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EmploymentOpportunities
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Addressing Stess InNational Staf 
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scondy ic nd bno cn c nionl oo.
USAID and Staf Care
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tk oc blih gncy-wid pocd.
I You’re Not Inected,You’re Afected
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Pychoocil invnionbni nionl  wokingin HIV/aIDs pojc.
Lest We Reinvent theWheel
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Gidlin do xi o goodpcic in nging  inhniin wok.
Waling the Wal 
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Wold Concn inodc “KnowYo HIV s Dy” o .
Helper’s Fire II
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Connc wok o bildilin conii ohniin nd dvlopninc ild .
Taing Care o EachOther
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P sppo inHniin OgnizionP sppo Nwok 
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“I No Long Fl alon”
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s C in Care Loho-
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soh aic
The Power o Presence
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soi j “bing h”k ll h dinc.
September2008•Vol.26•No.9
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DEVELOPMENTS
MONDAY 
Monday Developments
i pblihd 12i  y by Inacion, h lg- llinc o u.s.-bd innionldvlopn nd hniin non-govnnl ognizion. Wih o
than160membersoperatinginevery
dvloping cony, Inacion wok oovco povy, xclion nd -ing by dvncing ocil jic nd bicdigniy o ll.Inacion wlco biion o nw icl, opinion nd nnonc-n. aicl biion do no g-n inclion in
Monday Developments
.W v h igh o jc bi-ion o ny on. I i  h diciono o dioil   o which icl pblihd in individl i.all n in icl  h olopinion nd ponibiliy o h ho.aicl y b pind wih pio p-iion nd ibion. L o hdio  ncogd.a liid nb o bcipion d vilbl o Inacion bgnci  p o hi d. Individlbcipion co $80  y (dd $15o iil dlivy oid h u.s.)spl  $5, inclding pog.addiionl dicon  vilbl o
bulkorders.Pleaseallow4-6weeksfor
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mONDaY DeVeLOPmeNts
septemer 2008
 
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fte thee days in El Fashe, Dafu, I ealied thatthe coodination and stability of the NGO humanita-ian effot in this insecue envionment depended onthe well being of a small goup of NGO pofessionals.Eveyone had a stoy to tell. Staff in all twelve oganiationsI visited mentioned attacks, fea, fustations, bun out, andconcens fo the safety of colleagues. In Dafu, I saw fisthand the staff cae needs of people woking in that difficultenvionment. This is an eteme humanitaian contet wheeNGO staff ae unde ongoing and sevee amounts of stess,and ou community needs to find ways to intevene. Thepoblem is not just in Dafu; staff cae is essential fo na-tional and epat staff thoughout the wold, as humanitaian wok has become eve moe challenging. The leadeship of majo NGOs undestands that employ-ees ae thei most valuable asset. Investing in staff, and inpaticula staff cae, is not only the ight thing to do, it isalso the cost-effective thing to do. It impoves staff etentionates and the completion of assignments, and it deceasesthe costs associated with fequent staff tunove.Govenment donos and the United Nations have staff de-ployed to many of the most difficult humanitaian envion-ments thoughout the wold. Donos ecognie the isks as-sociated with woking in these envionments, and they ae woking to impove thei staff cae pocedues in the field. KyLuu, the Diecto fo USAID’s Office of Foeign Disaste As-sistance (OFDA), has epeatedly stessed the need to find bet-te ways to cae fo staff in the field. In this issue of MondayDevelopments, he has included a call fo NGOs to do moe, totake on the cae and well being of thei own staff in the field.Ky has offeed OFDA’s suppot fo these inteventions.Investing in staff cae is not a big-ticket item. Thee aelow-cost and high-impact inteventions that NGOs ae easilyincopoating into thei day-to-day pogamming. Eamplesof these inteventions appea thoughout this issue, whetheit is taking a goup of staff membes to be tested fo HIV/AIDS, setting up pee suppot netwoks, o even somethingas simple as ensuing staff posted in the field have access totelevision and DVD playes to watch movies and ela. Men-tal health cae is often coveed unde an oganiation’s pe-eisting insuance policy, both fo staff at HQ and oveseas,so it is wothwhile to eview these policies to see what kind of inteventions might aleady be coveed.Often, when discussing staff cae issues, individual staff ae able to come up with ceative solutions to elieve stessspecific to thei contet. With the majoity of staff in the fieldbeing national, special consideation should be given to theineeds when designing staff cae pogams. The stessos onlocal staff may be diffeent fom epats and thee may be dif-feent cultual appoaches to stess eduction.Poo o unesponsive management in field offices o atheadquates has been identified as one of the lagest factoscontibuting to the stess epeienced by staff woking in ci-sis situations. Bette management is often synonymous withbette staff cae, and simple actions such as including staff cae in job desciptions and pefomance evaluations of fieldand HQ manages, can help us each this goal. Thee is an eisting community of pofessionals that aeavailable to suppot NGOs as they attempt to incopoatestaff cae into the wok that they do. Some membes of In-teAction have institutionalied thei commitment to staff cae, some hiing full-time pofessionals, and finding moedemand fo these sevices than they eve imagined.InteAction is committed to pomoting staff cae among itsmembes, and has applied fo funding to addess the imme-diate concens in Dafu and easten Chad though a seiesof “stess eduction and self-cae” (SSC) tainings; to developa taining module on “Management in High-Stess Envion-ments”; and to facilitate an inteagency pocess among In-teAction membe NGOs to impove staff cae povision, withthe aim of developing a set of staff cae guidelines.At InteAction’s annual CEO eteat in Decembe I willaise the pofile of staff cae with the leadeship of ou mem-bes, and I hope to impess upon my colleagues the impo-tance of incopoating staff cae into thei pogammingthoughout the wold.
MD
Sam Wotito Pesidet ad CEO IteActio 
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