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Dr. Angela Oliver-Burgess is a senior humanitarian and development expert with experience working in complex emergencies and post-conflict contexts, including regions of Middle East, Central Asia, West and East Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central America.

Angela is the Founder and President of the non-profit organization SMILE for Budgie, which she started in honor of her late husband, Paul “Budgie” Burgess.

In this episode, Angela Oliver-Burgess discusses

  • the phased work of humanitarian aid workers in crisis situations and of development workers in addressing the needs of communities moving forward.
  • from an early age, her life’s calling to be of service to others.
  • working in a male-dominated field, learning not to take things too personally, and asking, “Where is the higher goal here? What are we all trying to work for?”
  • overcoming fear and dealing with trauma at your own pace.
  • the work of SMILE for Budgie and the man who inspired it, believing that there is no reason why any child needs to live in violence.
  • providing educational and psychosocial assistance for young people in the system of care, and ensuring that their voices are heard.
  • collaborating with all Agencies working in child welfare to identify community-based solutions.
  • the importance of encouraging young people to believe that what they say matters and to embrace their own authentic voice. 

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