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This Research Round-Up provides a brief literature review of the use of pre-departure briefings (PDBs) for NGO staff delivering overseas aid programmes, especially from the point of view of Australian NGOs. The professionalism, productivity and effectiveness of aid workers can be enhanced using improved human resource management. The author reports the results of a questionnaire sent to aid workers in 22 countries; the vast majority reporting that they had received no effective PDB, although job satisfaction was high. Respondents identified areas in which they would have liked more assistance, particularly cultural information and language training.

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