Training in people-centered international cooperation and crisis response

“Anything without us is not for us”

People who are affected by crises know best about their situation and what it takes to improve it. They only really accept the solutions that they themselves have helped to create. There are ways of working in emergency and disaster situations that make it possible to respect these principles. The course offers access to this way of working, which differs from many current practices. The trend towards these appraoches and the need for it is obvious – especially in view of the current Corona crisis.

Course content

The Basics

  • Basic assumptions about people living in crisis contexts, basic assumptions about the work of external actors in crisis contexts.
  • What is human-centred crisis response? What is community-led crisis response? What is it not? How is it different from “localisation”? What is really different about the needs-based approach?
  • Why do we need it? Does this approach really lead to better results?
  • Why is this not the way we always work with classical approaches and typical project management methods? What framework conditions are needed?
  • Introduction to concrete approaches and methods:
    • Overview of already established approaches and methods (e.g. Local2global-Support to survivor and community-led crisis response, People First Impact Method, Participatory Video, Community Led Total Sanitation).
    • Consideration of the core elements of these approaches, consideration of the work steps that are fundamentally different from approaches and methods currently in use.
      Possible applications, prerequisites, resource requirements

Practical steps:

  • Identification of opportunities  to introduce the way of working in one’s own field of activity.
  • Finding quick fixes: small first steps that are worthwhile

Online in person for 1.5 -3 days – Lots of doing, little theory with the use of various media (e.g.  films about P-FIM, films about Local2Global and from the ReflACTION Initiative)