Funded by the DFID Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), the programme is managed by Oxfam. Bioforce, in partnership with MDF Training & Consultancy, implement the programme in Goma, DR Congo.
The crisis in DR Congo has continued for decades. Repetitive conflicts have left people in constant displacement, reliant only on international aid provided through humanitarian interventions. A substantial number of local organisations delivering this assistance however lack the required capacities to effectively perform these actions, and assistance is often provided without respecting humanitarian standards.
The Context programme offers two blended learning programmes aimed at developing core humanitarian expertise and leadership and management skills. Context is developed for national professionals, executives or senior managers working in emergency response who, regardless of discipline, can take a lead in various aspects of a small or medium-sized emergency response.
The project contains two learning programmes:
- Core Skills Development Programme; six-month programme.
- Management & Leadership Skills Development programme; a nine-month programme.
Together with Bioforce, MDF Training & Consultancy implements both programmes by providing a long-term, mixed-method, active learning, reflection and development process for individuals, supported by their line manager. Both programmes include face-to-face trainings, coaching sessions, on-the-job learning, self-directed learning, group and practical course work.
To date, November 2016, six out of eight planned trainings have been completed. So far, 112 people (96 men and 16 women) out of 160 national humanitarian professionals have been trained. Participants have testified that they have acquired new knowledge that enabled them to better understand how to carry out a quality humanitarian action. It helped them strengthen organisational capacity and performance, which in turn has had positive impact on the communities they work with.