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Humanitarian Aid Work is Teamwork

It’s impossible to achieve great results alone. That’s why one of the essential humanitarian skills is teamwork. A multi-disciplinary, functional and competent team is vital for success. It is necessary not only for working together but also for finding the right balance of skills, expertise, and attitude that gets top results. Humanitarian aid work is teamwork!

What does teamwork mean in humanitarian settings?

Humanitarian settings are complex and multidimensional. Disasters and conflict affect people in all sorts of ways. They compromise their livelihoods, put their healthcare at risk, impact their economic situations, disrupt education, and so on. As such, it is impossible to address humanitarian issues from only one perspective.

As such, teamwork in humanitarian settings is a way to provide multilateral and holistic help. It allows for a more diverse approach that addresses the various issues humanitarian crises pose. Therefore, the best humanitarian aid teams are multi-disciplinary and representative of multiple stakeholders in the process.

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Why is teamwork so essential in aid?

In international aid, humanitarian aid workers travel to various contexts to respond to conflict and disasters. They work with people from all sorts of backgrounds and in different countries. At the same time, they must keep in touch with their deployment headquarters and often colleagues in different locations.

One misunderstanding can mean putting people’s lives in danger. As such, teamwork is a crucial humanitarian skill that all workers must have for successful implementation.

What are the challenges of humanitarian teamwork?

Often, teamwork is one of those catchy words that come up on job requirements. But for humanitarian aid workers, it is more than that. And along with its importance, it presents a wide range of challenges as well.

Since aid is often international, humanitarians have to work in multicultural teams. While this is an exciting opportunity, it is also a challenge. Different cultures have different ways of communicating and collaborating. So aid workers must develop adaptability to different teamwork styles as one of their humanitarian skills.

Also, communication can also be a challenge – which is crucial for teamwork. First of all, collaboration in aid often happens across different languages. And also, it also takes place through various channels, and not only face-to-face. Therefore patience and consistency are essential for effective teamwork.

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