Increasingly NGOs are being challenged to advocate and negotiate for the populations they wish to serve. Aid agencies' ability to negotiate has determined the scope of aid and degree of protection afforded to affected populations. This workshop will lay out the issues in humanitarian negotiation and build upon the previous work of the ICRC and international humanitarian law, as well as the Geneva conventions. Why, when and with whom negotiations should take place will be examined, with an emphasis on negotiations with non-state actors, as well as the difference between advocating for assistance versus negotiating.
Working with Local Communities in Public Health Emergencies
In recent decades, aid agencies have realized that working with local communities is key to the success of health operations in public health emergencies. However, few aid workers have been trained or given tools and best practices for how to work and connect with local communities especially in complex emergency contexts. This workshop will address specific issues, outlining lessons learned and best practices in working with local communities in public health emergencies.
Disaster Risk Reduction
This workshop shifts the focus of disaster risk reduction (DRR) away from disaster response to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Early warning, mitigation, prevention and preparedness will be addressed with a toolbox of field projects, for which examples and costs will be compared. Discussion will address why DRR remains neglected by aid groups and how begin to better quantify the benefits of programs.
Impact Evaluation of Humanitarian Emergency Relief
This training outlines recommendations for conducting evaluations in the humanitarian context by reviewing the lessons learned from recent humanitarian evaluations summarized by staff at The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP). Participants will analyze and implement these lessons through a number of case examples illuminating evaluations in complex emergencies and natural disasters and comparing evaluation of process, accounting, outputs, results, and lessons.
SPHERE Minimum Standards
This training is based on the integral components and essential skills of emergency relief. It includes an introduction to the general context of the complexity and diversity of relief situations and the relevance of applicable international humanitarian law. Practitioners will gain knowledge of the mechanisms and phases of coordination and response while learning how to apply the minimum standards and indicators set by SPHERE. This training is geared toward members of the NGO and donor community including technical advisors, program managers and associates, peacebuilding specialists, emergency relief coordinators, development advisors, and anyone who would like to expand their knowledge of the different subjects.
Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment
Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (REA) is a methodology to quickly determine if a disaster or the subsequent relief operation poses threats to the environment. With an awareness of such environmental threats, humanitarian aid workers will be better able to avoid environmental damage and incorporate best practices for disaster response that anticipates opportunities to protect the environment. The REA can also be used as an environmental impact check list in relief project design and review. Primary REA users are the people directly involved in disaster response operations. The REA guidelines present a simple, qualitative assessment process that identifies, defines, characterizes, and prioritizes potential environmental impacts in disaster situations.