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Humanitarian Aid on the move #10, special issue: Sahel

Events in "Humanitarian Aid on the move" n°10

 Groupe URD training courses

The Participation of Crisis-affected People in Humanitarian Action training course, from 22 to 26 October 2012, Plaisians (Drôme provençale, South of France)

The participation of affected people is now widely recognized as being an essential component of humanitarian action. Several studies have shown that participation is an excellent way to improve situation assessment, to improve the way operational strategies are adapted to contexts and how they evolve, to improve accountability towards the affected population and to increase the long-term impact of programmes. Participation is the key to creating mutual respect and trust between humanitarian actors and the people who are affected by a crisis.

Despite this recognition in theory, the application of participatory approaches in humanitarian action remains difficult and insufficient in the field. Indeed, the development and implementation of a strategy that is adapted to operational contexts and organizations requires a specific positioning and competencies and knowledge of a certain number of tools.

Groupe URD has in-depth experience of this issue, from the international study we carried out in partnership with ALNAP between 2002 and 2004 in six different emergency humanitarian situations to the publication of the Participation Handbook for humanitarian field workers in 2010 (available in paper format and online in French, English and Spanish at: www.urd.org/article/le-manue...)

If you would like to improve the implementation of participatory approaches in your programmes, if you would like to learn to use new tools or analyse your participatory practices, or if you would like to adapt your approach to the specific contexts of humanitarian aid, come and take part in this intensive course facilitated by experienced specialists - a useful and inspiring experience in the company of other aid professionals.

Information and registration: Anna Lear


Evaluating the Quality of Humanitarian Action, from 12 to 16 November 2012, in Plaisians (Drôme provençale, South of France)

This training course aims to improve participants understanding of the basic principles of Quality in humanitarian action, the key issues at stake and evaluation techniques in this sector. Participants will learn the main points of a successful evaluation by looking in depth at the concept of evaluation, methodology and the key issues at each stage of the evaluation process.

Participants will gradually apply what they have learned in a practical case study during the course.

This training course is aimed at aid professionals who are in charge of projects and/or evaluations (e.g. Heads of Programmes, Heads of Projects, Heads of Evaluation, Quality Reference Points in humanitarian organisations…).

Information and registration: Anna Lear


Integrating the Environment into Humanitarian Action, 29 and 30 November, in Paris

Although humanitarian actors are more and more conscious that environmental issues need to be taken into account in the design and implementation of programmes, it is clear that integrating this approach requires a certain level of understanding of the issues and certain cross-cutting skills.

This course covers different ways in which the environment can be taken into account in humanitarian contexts.

The detailed programme of this course is currently being developed.

Information and registration: Anna Lear


Training courses in the field

Groupe URD will run a training course in Haiti on the evaluation of humanitarian projects before the end of 2012. The dates will be communicated via the Observatory website as soon as they have been confirmed.

Contact: Caroline Broudic

As part of the training programme implemented in Afghanistan in partnership with ACBAR, two sessions will be organised in Mazar-i-Sharif, in November, on the following subjects:

  • From the collection and analysis of data to report-writing and decision-making;
  • Project design: building intervention logic.
    Dates are also to be decided for two training courses in Kabul, one on the environment and the other on humanitarian principles.

Contact: Fadoi Chaouki