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Toward Effective Humanitarian Volunteering (TEHV)

Theme : Capacity Building

Program : Eu Aid Volunteers

Partners:

ADRA (Slovakia)

ADRA CZ (Czech Republic)

ADICE (France)

CYA (Cambodia)

WHA (Nepal)

VCS (Northern Macedonia)

ADRA Serb (Serbia)

ADRA Mena (Lebanon)

Idebate (Kyrgyzstan)

YIC Gyumri (Georgia)

The capacity building project “Towards Effective Humanitarian Volunteering” aims to strengthen the capacity of partners in the South Caucasus, Balkans, Middle East and different parts of Asia in different areas related to humanitarian volunteering management. The TEHV project involves three EU partners including France (ADICE), Czech Republic (ADRA CZ) and Slovakia (ADRA SK) and seven other partners from outside the EU such as Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Nepal, Cambodia, Lebanon, Serbia and Northern Macedonia. It has two specific objectives: 1 – Achieving certification and 2 – Capacity building of host organizations.

The EU partners will organize 5 trainings focusing on safety and security, needs assessment and volunteer management principles, communication, visibility and dissemination, disaster risk reduction and extended volunteer management. The first two trainings will be primarily related to certification, while the others will focus on capacity building. In addition to training, EU partners will provide mentoring, support in the development of certification tools, follow up with their direct non-EU partners, all with the aim of improving the volunteer management of non-EU organizations in the humanitarian field. Once third country organizations are trained and have their new humanitarian volunteer management tools, the objective is to share them with their local network in order to expand the impact and beneficiaries of future qualitative volunteer interventions in these countries.

The first objective of TEHV is to obtain certification and the second is to strengthen the capacity of host organizations. The EU partners will build 5 trainings focusing on:

– security and safety,

– needs assessment and volunteer management principles,

– communication, visibility and dissemination,

– Disaster risk reduction,

– Extended volunteer management.

These training sessions should be implemented in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Armenia, Nepal and Cambodia to strengthen the expertise of the partners involved. The pandemic situation has forced us to adapt the first two e-learning courses in an ingenious way to make them both participatory and productive!

Beyond the trainings, the European partners will provide mentoring activities and support in the development of certification tools. They will follow up with their non-EU partners to improve the volunteer management of organizations in the humanitarian field. Once these organizations are trained and get their new humanitarian volunteer management tools, the final objective is to share these tools with their local network in order to expand the impact and beneficiaries of future qualitative volunteer interventions in these countries.

Throughout the implementation of the project, the focus will be on dissemination and visibility. A major final event will be organized to communicate the achievements of the project.


TRAINING in communication, visibility and diffusion

In the framework of the #EUAidVolunteers program, eight European and non-European organizations ADRA Srbija, ADRA Slovensko, ADRA Lebanon, Cambodian Youth Action, YIC Gyumri – Youth Initiative Centre NGO, WHR Nepal, IDEA Центральная Азия and Волонтерски Центар Скопје – Volunteers Centre Skopje, participated in the #Communication training session on the occasion of the #TEHV project “Toward Effective Humanitarian Volunteering”.

As trainers, #ADICE and ADRA CZ shared with the other organizations their most effective and suitable tools and methods to communicate and organize well in terms of communication and visibility.

This training was an excellent moment of exchange of good practices in the countries #Nepal #Lebanon #Serbia #Armenia #Cambodia #Kyrgyzstan #Macedonia concerning communication and in particular on the organization of an online campaign, a communication plan and the organization of a local event.

The goal of this training was to strengthen the capacities of the partner structures so that they increase their visibility at the local and international level, and better reach their audiences and respond to their needs.