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Aid agency merger will help improve humanitarian efforts around the world

first_imgAid agency merger will help improve humanitarian efforts around the worldOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today HR professionals in the voluntary sector have welcomed a merger between twoaid agencies that provide staff to work in humanitarian emergencies such asIraq. The merger of the International Health Exchange (IHE), which specialises inhealth professionals, and RedR, which concentrates on engineers, logisticiansand managers, will provide charities with a ‘one-stop shop’ for recruiting andtraining aid workers. Annie Macklow-Smith, director of HR for the aid agency Merlin, which usesboth IHE and RedR, said the new organisation would help meet recruitment needsin the sector, which is gearing up to meet the post-war humanitarian crisis inIraq. “Engineers and health professionals are the people we recruit most, soto have them together is an advantage,” she said. Oxfam’s director of international HR, Andrew Thompson, agreed the mergerwould allow a more integrated approach to humanitarian work. Bobby Lambert, director of RedR, told Personnel Today that the twoorganisations were providing very similar services but with different groups ofstaff. Each maintain registers of professionals prepared to work in emergencies anddeliver training programmes for aid workers. “By merging, we become a one-stop shop for agencies, as well as for aidworkers who want professional development,” he said. The skills of health workers and engineers were complementary, he added. “If you look at Basra, the thing that affects health almost immediatelyis water and sanitation. That’s where you need both engineers and health professionalsworking together.” The merger comes as both organisations struggle for funds. Each has avariety of funding streams, including the Department for InternationalDevelopment, smaller grants and training fees. But many small agencies arecutting their training budgets as they come under pressure to keep downmanagement overheads. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Phil Lesh Will Perform With Soulive For Grand Opening Of Terrapin Crossroads’ Backyard

first_imgTerrapin Crossroads is opening its doors to a new outdoor performance space, The Backyard, this spring. In celebration of the opening, there will be an all-day music gathering on April 17, with two very special performances from Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as from Soulive and Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang.The full Friends lineup includes Soulive‘s Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans, as well as Jason Crosby, the Terrapin Horns and a “very special guest.”Don’t miss the grand opening of The Backyard! Music starts at 1pm on Sunday, April 17, goes all day. Tickets are still available here.[Photo via Terrapin Crossroads Facebook]last_img