Research at the Centre

Staff Reintegration Following High-Risk Missions

Good Practices in Supporting International Development and Aid Workers

International development activities are operating in a context of increasing complexity, and this context exposes humanitarian workers to high levels of risk. In addition to physical risks, prolonged exposure of aid workers to human suffering and violence can have a severe psychological impact. Many stressors manifest most clearly at the end of a worker's term as they prepare to return to their home country. Despite this, many aid workers say that they do not feel adequately supported by their employers throughout their time overseas, and most especially during reintegration. This lack of support (actual or perceived) can compound a worker's anxiety and increase his or her risk of serious psychosocial difficulties.

This paper examines current practices among international development and humanitarian aid agencies for supporting their workers during post-mission reintegration, and addresses particular stresses on workers posted in conflict areas.

Staff Reintegration Following High-Risk Missions Good Practices in Supporting International Development and Aid Workers
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Strengthening Intercultural Effectiveness among the Millennials

According to the United Nations World Population Prospects there are more than 1.5 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, the largest generation in human history. This generational cohort is entering adulthood in a time of tremendous global transformations in the economy, education, communication, demographics, the environment, technologies, and culture. But are there learning needs and styles particular to the Millennials, individuals born between 1980 and 2000?

In this article, we examine the Centre for Intercultural Learning's practices and findings with regard to training in intercultural competencies in the context of a youth exchange program. We show that variables beyond demographics such as the context of training, client mandates and the recognition of youth's prior intercultural experiences in complex multicultural environments play a vital role in shaping learning interventions.

Strengthening Intercultural Effectiveness among the Millennials
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