The West African region is confronted with an increasing number of inter-connected and transnational challenges, which constitute obstacles to integration and development. More than 130 million people in the region live in extreme poverty, a population that is particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, recurrent natural disasters, climate change, economic crisis and socio-political instability. The effects and humanitarian consequences of natural and human-made disasters are diverse and include population movements, destruction of property and key socio-economic infrastructure, epidemics, food insecurity and malnutrition, and a further weakening of state capacities to manage these challenges.
The ECOWAS Commission has adopted the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 and member states are currently working on the implementation of the respective Plan of Action. This particular course contributes to several strategic objectives of the Plan of Action of the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy 2012-2017 through building capacities, increasing awareness and knowledge, and meeting training needs in support of effective humanitarian assistance.
In light of humanitarian crisis and disaster, civilian non-governmental and governmental organisations, the police, and the military often finds themselves working side by side. Thereby, it is often the military, as a last resort, which has the necessary resources to provide immediate relief on a large scale. However, civil-military collaboration often lacks mechanisms for effective cooperation and lacks a clear division of tasks and responsibilities. The need for cooperation measures was noted by the creation of the Oslo Guidelines on the use of military and civilian assets in cases of emergency, within OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS). This course addresses the need for cooperated measures and mutual understanding between civilian, military and police actors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa course is jointly organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports (MoDS).
The aim of the course is to improve effectiveness of humanitarian assistance by providing participants with thorough knowledge and skills of the humanitarian sector and enhancing interaction and mutual understanding between civilian, police, and military actors involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the West African region.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Set at the operational level, the course targets a mixed group of mid-level civilian, police, and military professionals directly or indirectly engaged in humanitarian assistance and/or disaster relief operations in Africa generally, and in the West Africa Region particularly, either at the local, national or regional level. For the selection process, due consideration will be given to a balanced geographical, ethnical, gender, and professional distribution as well as with a strong view on increasing the share of civilian participants/civil society organizations in KAIPTC’s training courses.
Course modules cover the following major topics:
The course employs a problem-based learning approach that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application to the realities and working environments of the participants. The course content will be delivered using a combination of tools such as lectures, case studies, group exercises, and role plays.
For more information visit http://www.kaiptc.org/kaiptc-course/humanitarian-assistance-in-west-africa/