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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WEWORLD-GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acci ó n 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 add value to the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) 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 Nationals 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 projec t GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Mozambique. Operational details & security context
The majority of countries in Southern African and the Indian Ocean Region (SAIO) are currently affected by a widespread food security crisis as a result of the El Niño phenomenon which has developed since early 2015.
Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania. With the size of 801,590 km² and its 28 million inhabitants the country’s strong ties to the region’s economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole.
Presently, there continue to be significant emergency operations, recovery and development challenges coupled with cross-cutting concerns such as the spread of HIV and AIDS, human smuggling and recent increases in irregular migration. Currently, there is a large increase in irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa. Many of these irregular migrants come from Somalia and Ethiopia and seek asylum in Mozambique. However, many also try to move onward to South Africa.
Since October 2015, at least 10,000 people. In 2016, the number of internally displaced people continued to grow, forcing the government to set up camps in Manica province, where authorities said over 1,000 families were living ( www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/mozambique).
Peace talks between the two parties gathered momentum in 2017, the President Filipe Nyusi met Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama. Working groups are developing recommendations on political decentralization and military affairs for endorsement by parliament. Meanwhile, the ruling party’s congress in September 2017 marked an important political milestone in the run up to municipal (2018), presidential, legislative, and provincial (2019) elections.
The economic situation and the living conditions of the population have been aggravated by the long period of drought caused by El Niño. It hit the centre and the south of the country the hardest. Morever, the country suffered from a consistent population displacement from the rural to the urban areas, an impoverishment of the agricultural and pastoral assets and a nutritional risk due to the absence of proper harvest. This also meant that the resources for the agriculture had to be used for the alimentation, reducing the production capacity.
Since 2000, GVC has been working in the food security and education sectors in many areas of the country including the provinces of Maputo and Cabo Delgado. We support small producers, family agriculture, autonomy and consumption of local products, as well as a fair access to markets and the protection of the rights of agricultural workers. We fight food insecurity, malnutrition and exploitation of natural and human resources. Improving access to food and increasing sustainable agricultural production represents GVC’s strategy in Food Security. In the educational sector, GVC’s actions focus on literacy and vocational training, mainly targeting women and young people, through the promotion of a community-based approach which highlights local knowledge, reinforcing the relationship between community and school in combating school drop-out and social exclusion.
WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique works in the district of Pemba in Capo Delgado province and in Maputo city and province. The framework of political and social context in these two regions can be considered almost safe without particular risks for GVC expatriates, volunteers and local staff.
WE WORLD-GVC Italy has elaborated the Safety Measures Guidelines as well as the Safety and Evacuation Plan and a Local Operational Manual for all its local offices (all the documents are regularly updated). The Local operational manual for Mozambique has been created with the support of the WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique staff, specifically arranged in accordance with the local environment taking into account the specific existing risks in order to develop appropriate security, health and safety procedures for all staff. A copy of the manual is given to the staff and volunteers before arriving in the Country as well as shared with all National staff.
WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique guarantees appropriate living and health condition for its staff. No particular health risks are identified. No specific vaccination needed. If one comes from a country where the Yellow Fever is endemic, it will be necessary to provide a proof of vaccination. Malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and HIV are prevented with normal precautionary behavior targeted during the in-country induction.
WE WORLD-GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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