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In this conversation Mary Ann Clements explains the background and the hopes for the 20-21 May 2021 CHS Alliance virtual Global Gathering on Living our values: Care, culture and power in aid organisations. 

This free virtual gathering is the first of its kind in our sector which will bring together leaders and practitioners who are interested in the question of how we live our values in aid organisations. The combined focus of how we treat ourselves and our staff brings together themes of power, privilege, identity, culture and wellbeing in aid. We will be asking together how do we move towards more compassion, equity, inclusion, accountability and solidarity? You can sign up for the event at https://www.chsalliance.org/get-support/event/living-our-values-care-culture-and-power-in-aid-organisations/


Mary Ann Clements is a feminist author, facilitator, activist & coach who has worked for two decades in international development. Her work combines analysis, reflection and holding space for new and unusual conversations with a body-based and trauma-informed approach. She is a coach and also the creator of Healing Solidarity, a project she now co-leads and co-author of “Red Tents: Unravelling Our Past and Weaving a Shared Future.” You can learn more about her work at https://maryannclements.com/


To learn more:

-       Check out the CHS Alliance Initiative to Cultivate Caring Compassionate Aid Organizations: https://www.chsalliance.org/get-support/article/cultivating-caring-compassionate-aid-organisations/

-       Read the ICVA-CHS Alliance joint report, “Leading well: Aid leader perspectives on staff well-being and organisational culture” https://www.chsalliance.org/get-support/resource/leading-well-aid-leader-perspectives-on-staff-well-being-and-organisational-culture/ 

 

***We would like to give a special thanks to the Initiative’s supporters: the CHS Alliance members, the Government of Luxembourg, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (DFCO) and the Netherlands. Thanks to Ziada Abeid for editing the show.***

 

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