Ten Caritas organisations join forces to strengthen responsiveness in emergencies
Mon, 29/10/2012 - 16:34

Istanbul, 29 October 2012 – by Harald Happel

Caritas National Coordinators for emergency response from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey met for a two days training on 22-24 October in Istanbul, hosted by Caritas Turkey.

The training, which is part of a regional project for capacity building in emergencies, focused on techniques and methodologies to carry out assessments and related situation analysis.  Furthermore, mechanisms for coordination by Caritas Europa and Caritas Internationalis were introduced to participants.

Caritas Romania National Coordinator, Thomas Hackl, who is in charge with the implementation of the capacity building project, and Caritas Europa Humanitarian Officer, Harald Happel, were jointly stating:

“We are convinced that this project will make a considerable contribution to further improve the professional approach of Caritas Organisations in responding to the needs of affected populations”.          

Over the course of the next 2 years it is foreseen that the training will be replicated in each country participating with national and diocesan coordinators as target groups, followed by some tailor-made trainings of National Caritas Organisations for their teams on local level.

The capacity building project is funded by contributions from Caritas organisations in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

See photos from the emergency training in Istanbul in a gallery below:

For further information please contact:

Harald Happel

Humanitarian Officer