Diverse and Inclusive Leadership Workshop Report

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This workshop report is relevant for humanitarian practitioners, especially those involved in HR, hiring and management; it provides critical insight into the importance of increasing diversity within humanitarian institutions.

The objectives of the workshop were to identify and jointly define the research imperative, to agree on the research scope and approach, and to agree on how the research will take place.

The workshop explored why diversity and inclusion in humanitarian leadership matters to the Humanitarian Advisory Group, to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to participant organisations.

The report includes the four most pressing questions chosen by participants for guiding future research, and methodologies were proposed for how these questions may be answered.

The report also includes the following methodology to guide future research:

  1. Map the diversity of the sector: using a State of Diversity Survey and Key Informant Interviews to capture in-depth information around the state of diversity and inclusion in the sector and explore the questions ‘what are the barriers and enablers to increased diversity in leadership?’ and  ‘what are we already doing?’.
  2. Organisation-elected case studies: this phase will explore existing organisational approaches to diverse and inclusive leadership by taking an action research approach with research partner organisations. It will explore a number of questions related to the particular context of the case study organisation. A number of possible approaches and tools are listed for conducting this phase of research.

The report includes a number of resources as appendices, such as themes forming from organisational priorities, possible recommendations for implementing in organisations and a State of Diversity survey tool.

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"[diversity of staffing brings] innovation: diversity of thought and opinion leading to innovative approaches and processes organisation-wide"

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The objectives of the workshop were to identify and jointly define the research imperative, to agree on the research scope and approach, and to agree on how the research will take place.

The workshop explored why diversity and inclusion in humanitarian leadership matters to the Humanitarian Advisory Group, to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to participant organisations.

The report includes the four most pressing questions chosen by participants for guiding future research, and methodologies were proposed for how these questions may be answered.

The report also includes the following methodology to guide future research:

  1. Map the diversity of the sector: using a State of Diversity Survey and Key Informant Interviews to capture in-depth information around the state of diversity and inclusion in the sector and explore the questions ‘what are the barriers and enablers to increased diversity in leadership?’ and  ‘what are we already doing?’.
  2. Organisation-elected case studies: this phase will explore existing organisational approaches to diverse and inclusive leadership by taking an action research approach with research partner organisations. It will explore a number of questions related to the particular context of the case study organisation. A number of possible approaches and tools are listed for conducting this phase of research.

The report includes a number of resources as appendices, such as themes forming from organisational priorities, possible recommendations for implementing in organisations and a State of Diversity survey tool.