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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Action Against Hunger (Spain) and GVC (Italy) are International Non-Governmental Organisations that have joined their expertise in managing humanitarian actions worldwide and are now implementing the project “Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers”.
The project will seek to directly strengthen resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of 19 trained EU Aid Volunteers in 10 countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Thailand and Cambodia.
This main objective will be achieved through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity-building activities to strengthen decision-making processes based on the Regional Pastoral Surveillance System (SO1), as well as to strength good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience practices in vulnerable communities (SO2), and to strengthen humanitarian skills and capacities of a great range of humanitarian actors around contingency planning processes and coordination mechanisms (SO3). These specific objectives will be complemented by activities with the purpose to ensure adequate support to the EU Aid Volunteers and the quality of the entire implementation process (SO4) and finally oriented to guarantee the best coordination mechanisms between EU and in-country partners (SO5).
11 hosting organisations will be involved in the development of the project, involving 19 EU Aid Volunteers: 5 Senior Volunteers (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 Junior Volunteers (less than 5 years of professional experience) in the 10 countries targeted by the project. Through their volunteering deployments, EU Aid Volunteers will support the sharing of good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience in vulnerable communities and to help boost and strengthen the humanitarian skills and capacities of a range of humanitarian actors. More info about this project available here: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en
In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Peru. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en Operational details & security context
Perú is a country in western South America, with a multiethnic population of over 31 million, which includes Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages.
Even though it has been categorized as Upper-middle income Country (in accordance with World Bank standards) since 2008, the Country still suffers of structural inequalities which are not limited to income problem or monetary poverty. In the last decade (2005-2010), the Peruvian economy was one of the most prosperous in the region, with a sustained growth rate of 3.3% in 2015 and 3.9% in 2016, and a reduction of the poverty level, which fell from 45.5% to 19.3% ("extreme" poverty has decreased from 27.6% to 9%) ( http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/peru/overview) The initial forecasts of a growth rate of 4% by 2017 were revised slightly downwards (reaching below 3%) due to the impact of "El Niño", which, for some months, has greatly reduced production activities, especially in the north of the country. Finally, Perú is a country opened to international trade and foreign investment, with Free Trade Agreements in the geographical area and outside it with the main partners (with European Union has a FTA since 2013).
The whole country is subject to seismic activity, less intense in the Southern Region of the Andes where the GVC operates. It does not constitute a greater risk for the GVC staff and activities, since the main risks are linked to travel, given to the roads conditions in the Andes area, where the projects are implemented. During the rainy season, landslides are frequent along the roads connecting the main cities. The health and hygiene conditions of the country generally require taking precautions to avoid diseases such as hepatitis A, dysentery, typhoid. Outbreaks of cholera occur sometimes in summertime (January-March) especially in the outlying areas of the cities where the hygienic conditions are very precarious.
The situation of public order is characterized by frequent protests, which sometimes reach fair levels of violence. The incidence of delinquency remains high, especially in Lima, the capital. In the urban areas and in general where the GVC works, there have not been registered dangerous events (such as abductions or physical attacks).
Peru is a relatively safe country, characterized in general by adequate services. The situation of basic infrastructure and services is normally good in the main cities. In the country it is possible to access medium-level medical assistance in public facilities and excellent- level medical assistance for serious illnesses and problems in Lima.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Peru, 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 at 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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