The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries. Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering. The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.
The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative offers:
• Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it;
• Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster;
• Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organizations in countries hit by disasters;
• Technical assistance for organizations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.
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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acción contra el Hambre (Spain), Action Aid Hellas (Greece) and FOCSIV (Italy) are international non-governmental organizations that have joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers acting for LRRD” project. The objective is to strenghten the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance with the support of 47 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 19 Countries. 3 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 44 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 19 countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia).
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster. Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
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In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Bolivia.
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https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-vol... Operational details & security context
Bolivia is a Latin America country rich in cultural diversity and natural resources, composed by 36 indigenous groups making up two thirds of Bolivia’s population of 10 million. Despite a slight reduction in inequality in recent years, Bolivia remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Malnutrition affects 18 percent of Bolivian children under 5 years, with significant variations between urban and rural areas, where the prevalence of chronic malnutrition reaches 25 percent. Over 10 percent of the population is highly vulnerable to food insecurity, the main causes of which are low income, difficult access to clean water and basic services, and climate change ( http://www1.wfp.org/countries/bolivia-plurinational-state).
The majority of Bolivians relies on the agriculture sector for their livelihoods; however about 85 percent of farmers can only produce at subsistence levels and 40 percent of the population is not able to earn enough money to meet their basic food needs. The effects of climate change in recent years have made the rural population, more vulnerable than ever.
Like other Andean countries, Bolivia is prone to recurrent natural disasters, including flooding and drought, due to the El Niño and La Niña climate patterns. These disasters impact hardest on the poor, causing widespread damage and leading to reduced access to water and increasing food prices.
Heavy seasonal rainfalls that started in January 2014 caused floods, overflowing of rivers and landslides in several departments of Bolivia. Particularly the Beni and Mamoré watersheds were affected and there is a high probability that similar or heavier impacts will hit this area in the future. As a result of needs assessments performed during the 2014 emergencies several causes that hindered preparedness for heavy floods were identified; among most important causes were the lack of resilience of communities in this specific area, coordination of humanitarian actors and lack of effective management and dissemination of crucial information for adequate preparation and response.
Bolivia is a relatively safe country with regard to criminality and public order. Democracy is consolidated since 1982 although in the years 2003-2005 have experienced strong social tensions.
The streets infrastructure is poorly developed, only the roads that link the capitals of the Departments are paved. Traffic accidents are frequent due to poor conditions of the pavement, the imprudence of drivers and the high average years in use of public transport infrastructure.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Bolivia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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