Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the Democratic Republic of the Congo [scroll down for French version] | United Nations Secretary-General

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un.org - United Nations Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack, on 5 February,  against a helicopter of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The helicopter came under fire while travelling from Beni to Goma, North Kivu province, resulting in one South African peacekeeper killed and another severely injured. The crew managed to land the helicopter in Goma.   posted by friends:   (2) @UN_News_Centre: [email protected] antonioguterres strongly condemns the attack against a helicopter of @ MONUSCO . He recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime under international law. Full statement: un.org/sg/en/content/… 06.02.2023 00.48.47 @UN_Spokesperson: [email protected] antonioguterres strongly condemns the attack against a helicopter of @ MONUSCO . He recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crim

Top Story: How do we attract, develop and retain the best talents in the nonprofit sector? by Tijah Bolton Akpan

My experience has been this: 1. Have a revolving volunteer-to-programme pipeline; do not be afraid to pay volunteers while you're teaching them the ropes, even when you think they're contributing nothing. They'll make your best staffers tomorrow. Go for passion, not ready-made skills. Skills can be taught. Passion can't. If you find both in one package, the better. 2. Do not be scared of teaching your new hands the secrets you took a decade or more to learn. Show them the hacks. Don't be like some parents who want their children to learn life skills the hard way 😜. 3. Expose them, locally and internationally. Don't be scared that if they go out, other organizations will poach them. As they grow, break them into your circle. As ED, take a back seat and give them leadership and public facing roles. That's how their competency and confidence grows. Your organization will be the better for it! 4. Be a leader, not a boss. I can't loud this enough. 5. I've met a few people who came fully made for this sector. But they're just that- very few. However, anyone with passion can be groomed into a well rounded development practitioner. Train, train, train. Use every opportunity to pass on skills and knowledge as if your life depended on it. Given how busy our space is, this can be difficult. But no one will do it for you. The donors are not investing in long term capacity building, so it's up to you. Be a mentor to them. Encourage them to read. Give them writing tasks. Take the time to correct and share feedback with them. 6. Compensate sacrificially, even within the limits of available funding. But beyond money, create a fun workplace culture that they look forward to. This also attracts good talent. No one wants to join a boring team. Do not prioritize rules over performance. At the end, it's results we want. 7. If they want to leave, give them your blessings. Don't be grumpy. Write them a good recommendation if they've been close to good. If you see an opportunity where they can move on and be a good ambassador for your organization, show them the way. Others behind are watching too. In any case, you can't keep your best forever. That is until and unless the donor paradigm shifts radically. I hope with these few points of mine...🤣

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