Training the trainers to improve humanitarian operations in Viet Nam

Publié: 21 février 2013 9:57 CET

The impact of humanitarian work on communities depends greatly upon the quality of services and accountability of actions both during emergencies and non-emergencies. With millions of people affected by disasters and conflicts in Asia, the importance of Quality and Accountability (Q&A) initiatives such as Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere Standards) is undeniable.

Between 20 and 26 January 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC), Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC), Oxfam and Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan collaborated to facilitate a Sphere training of trainers (TOT) for eight VNRC staff from three regions in Viet Nam and 14 staff from Spanish Red Cross Society, People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM), Viet Nam Women’s Union (VWU), Viet Nam Disaster Management Center (DMC), Marine Conservation and Development Center (MCD), and other INGOs in Viet Nam.

The Sphere Project was initiated in 1997 by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and a cohort of humanitarian NGOs. Their aim was to improve the quality and accountability of their disaster response actions, with those affected by disaster or conflict at the core of these actions.

Since then, Sphere has framed a Humanitarian Charter and identified a set of minimum standards in the key life-saving sectors: water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action. Sphere is one of the first Q&A initiatives. The Humanitarian Charter and the minimum standards were first published together as a Handbook in 2000, guiding the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation during humanitarian response.

In July 2012, the Sphere Handbook 2011 edition was translated into Vietnamese and 3,000 copies were disseminated widely in the humanitarian community. Viet Nam Red Cross Society plans on promoting 1,000 Sphere Handbooks in 2013. This is a joint initiative by Oxfam and members of the Disaster Management Working Group (DMWG) in Viet Nam, with the aim to promote the application of Sphere guidelines and minimum standards to enhance quality of and accountability in humanitarian responses.

This TOT was the first one conducted in Viet Nam using the latest edition of the Sphere Handbook to assist in developing the capacity of humanitarian practitioners in Viet Nam.

“Activity implementation and capacity building based on the Sphere Standards in disaster preparedness will play an important role in more effective humanitarian efforts in Viet Nam,” said Dang Van Tao, Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager of IFRC in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam Red Cross Society will organize further trainings with facilitation from the first nine trainers (eight Viet Nam Red Cross Society trainers and one Spanish Red Cross Society trainer) to its staff, volunteers and members in disaster preparedness and other emergency operations in 2013 and following years.