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Evaluation of the EUROSHA project
March - September 2013

Having run an ad hoc training course to prepare volunteers for departure as part of the pilot project, “EU, Local and Online Volunteers: Key actors for inclusive humanitarian information-sharing in crisis preparedness”, Groupe URD have carried out the internal evaluation of this project.

Presentation of the EUROSHA project

The management of information about crisis-affected areas, by means of participatory media and new technologies, in real time, has already made it possible to improve the orientation of assistance and reinforce synergy between local and international actors with regard to humanitarian action. The effectiveness of these information sharing systems would be even greater if they were used as preparedness tools and not only in response to emergencies. _ By improving the level of preparedness of those who will manage a crisis, mechanisms of this kind contribute to risk reduction and disaster preparedness. In addition, they can allow local associations to take part in emergency responses from the earliest point.

The work of the volunteers involved in the “EU, Local and Online Volunteers” project aims to reinforce the crisis management environment by maintaining inclusive information sharing platforms and providing actors with tools and allowing these to be appropriated for the long term and spread throughout their networks. The volunteers have been deployed in four African countries: Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad and Kenya.

The final phase has been reached, and the evaluation aimed to learn lessons about the pilot project.

This project was carried out in partnership with: France Volontaires, FOCSIV, Diaconia ECCB, Sloga, Groupe URD, SCD, OpenStreetMap France, ACRA, People in Peril and Sahana Software Foundation.