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Comhlámh Starts Work On the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.

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Pictured: Jana Wessel , Caritas Ecuador, Emmanuel Kabore, Red Cross Burkina Faso, Mark Cumming Comhlamh. Abdul Alim of Action Aid Bangladesh and Gwendolyn Pang Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross.

Work has just begun on two exciting new projects relating to the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. Dervla King is our programme manager and has this report.

Between 2015 and 2020, the Initiative aims to build capacity, deploy 4,000 volunteers from the EU, and involve a further 4,400 volunteers and NGO staff from third countries. Comhlámh is part of two international consortia, one led by France Volontaires and the other by La Guilde, which will be focusing on technical assistance and capacity building over the coming two years.

The Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Host Organisations project aims to prepare for future deployments, where humanitarian and volunteering organisations will share a common culture and EU volunteers will fit into existing local volunteering dynamics and response mechanisms. Comhlámh will partner in particular with ActionAid Bangladesh and the Red Cross Philippines, assessing and strengthening local and EU volunteers’ management procedures.

The Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Sending Organisations will focus on sharing practice and strengthening procedures between organisations based in the EU. With the assistance of Service Civique volunteers, nine organisations from Ireland, the UK, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus, Latvia and France will document their current practice and work together to address any needs identified.

At a recent meeting of the 16 organisations in Rome, Comhlámh led a workshop that focused on our Code of Good Practice and the work that has gone into its development. Our experience over the past decade in Ireland will help to inform our joint work towards devising a culture of humanitarian volunteering.




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