Since June, when I last posted here — a response to the Black Lives Matter protests — I have hesitated to write anything publicly. …

A few years ago I attended an intensive, 6 day course with around 70 people from the UK and other European countries, examining world issues together using process-oriented psychology methods. In a series of group exercises we embodied the different roles that we feel within ourselves and that are present…

This week I’ve been sensing increased uneasiness and despair among the British population, due in part to the uncertainty of when lockdown will end and when we’ll ever be able to fully enjoy the sunshine or give our loved ones a hug. …

This year, the annual World Humanitarian Day is honouring the efforts of women humanitarians, particularly the unsung heroes who often receive little recognition for their commitment and hard work. This blog piece contributes to this celebration of women in our sector, by drawing on the stories of some of my…

In a recent article for Open Democracy, I wrote that although increased awareness of mental health problems in the aid sector is encouraging, we have to be cautious that such problems aren’t confined solely to the white aid worker’s experience. …

The perils of projectisation, how we embody our activism and push for a right to rest, what it means to truly listen and meet the other person where they are, challenging masculine behaviour and discourse in aid; these were just some of the many conversations taking place at the Healing…

Today I am providing a quick update on my work on stress in the aid sector, and news of an exciting, inspiring and innovative conference coming up next week, which everyone can join and participate in!

These last few weeks I’ve reached that point that many doctoral researchers will be…

I have written fairly extensively on the moral dimensions of aid work and how what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, in terms of aidworker motivations, is not as clear cut as often assumed (examples here and here). I would like to return to this issue in light of recent reports of…

What problems do we face with mapping a way forward in the current crisis affecting the aid sector? …

My thoughts on the Oxfam scandal and the structural problems of aid work, published today in the Conversation (https://theconversation.com/life-on-humanitarian-compounds-is-removed-from-reality-this-can-fuel-the-misconduct-of-aid-workers-91963)

Sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse — some of which reportedly occurred at Oxfam in Haiti and has involved staff at other aid agencies elsewhere — is never excusable. …

Gemma Houldey

Practitioner & researcher in Aidland. PhD on stress in the aid sector at Sussex Uni. Interested in fostering a compassionate & reflective working culture.

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