As part of the Building a Better Response (BBR) Project, International Medical Corps and Concern Worldwide conducted a series of workshops on the international humanitarian architecture (IHA) from April to August of this year. We are pleased to announce that we have conducted 10 workshops worldwide and trained nearly 250 humanitarian professionals representing national and international NGOs.
In 2012, consultations were conducted to determine the learning needs of humanitarian professionals in regard to the humanitarian architecture. The analysis of the consultations indicated a strong need for in-person training on the IHA. BBR responded to this need by launching a series of workshops in April 2013. Pilot workshops were conducted in Uganda and Washington, DC. The outcomes of these two workshops informed development of the workshop curriculum to better fit the needs of humanitarian workers worldwide. An additional 8 workshops were conducted in Bangkok, Thailand; Manila, Philippines; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Juba, South Sudan; N’Djamena, Chad; Dakar, Senegal; and Nairobi, Kenya. Several workshops were conducted in collaboration with local and national partner organizations, including Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Church World Service (through Act Alliance), and OFADEC (L’Office Africain pour le Développement et la Coopération).
Workshop participants received training on the cluster system, humanitarian leadership and humanitarian financing. In addition, participants discussed how and when local, national and international NGOs can engage with the system. Where possible, the BBR team worked closely with OCHA to arrange guest speakers to explain OCHA’s role in the country-specific context.