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 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 project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteer to Burkina Faso.
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-vol... Operational details & security context
West Africa is the poorest region in the world. Out of the twenty least developed countries of the Human Development Index (HDI), ten are in West Africa. Some 353 million people living in the region are confronted to large-scale extreme poverty, uncontrolled demographic growth, rising insecurity, conflict and resulting displacement, fragility, the impact of climate change, epidemics and, subsequently, clearly growing humanitarian needs. There is a sustained level of extreme vulnerability, without a real prospect of improvement in the short or medium-term. Overall, approximately 16.4 million people are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.
Burkina Faso ranks 185/188 on the HDI (Human Development Report 2016 – UNDP). The overall INFORM Risk Index in 2017 is 5.5/10 (Hazard and exposure 4.4/10; Vulnerability is 6.1/10; Lack of Coping Capacity 6.2). The INFORM Crisis Index for Burkina Faso is decreasing to 1/3 in 2017, resulting from a Conflict Intensity score of 0/3, an Uprooted People index of 0/3 and a People Affected by Natural Disasters index of 1/3 (
Burkina Faso has a total population of 18.1 million people, with half of the Burkinabe population living in extreme poverty with little access to health and basic services. Structural food insecurity is exacerbated by high food prices and the recurrent indebtedness of vulnerable families ( https://www.wfp.org/operations/200163-burkina-faso-country-programme-201...).
During the lean season, 1.7 million people are estimated to be under stress and 257 000 in a situation of food crisis.
GVC Italy has drafted the guidelines on security measures along with the security and evacuation plan and the local operational manual for all local offices, in accordance with the local political situation. The local operational manual for Burkina Faso is continuously updated by GVC Burkina Faso staff, taking into account the specific risks in order to develop appropriate plan and procedures for safety, health and evacuation for the staff and for the EU Aid Volunteers.
With regard to the political and social context, Burkina Faso has faced increased security risks in the regions bordering with Mali and Niger and some attacks also took place in the capital (January 2016, August 2017, March 2018). While living in the capital does not represent a security risk, the humanitarian situation in the Sahel, North and East regions has been degrading: there has been an increase in the use of violence with increase of violence, with consequent closing of some schools and health centers, and a sharp increase in the number of internal displaced people (estimated to 40,000 people in Nov 2018).
Due to this situation, GVC Burkina Faso has forbidden all deployment to the northern regions and missions outside the capital are subject to approval of the Country Representative. The situation is continuously monitored and GVC Burkina Faso is member of several security network to stay constantly updated on the development of the security situation in the country and in the deployment area. The coordination office of GVC Burkina Faso is located in the capital Ouagadougou and the living conditions of the staff are good and appropriate, this is monitored constantly by the Country Representative.
The country is at risk of yellow fever and meningitis, vaccination is mandatory for yellow fever and highly suggested for meningitis, before traveling to Burkina Faso. There is no other specific risk with regard to health; prevention measures for malaria and other diseases (e.g. rabies) are recommended (basic prevention measures, analyzed during information sessions with the staff and the EU Aid Volunteers before their arrival in the country).
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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Red Cross Burkina Faso:
The Burkinabè Red Cross was established in 1961. It is officially recognized by the Government as a voluntary relief society, it is autonomous, auxiliary to the public authorities and in particular to military health services, in accordance to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions; it is the only national company to exercise its activity on the whole national territory by the decree. It is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1963.
A Board of Directors leads the governance system, and a Business Management system is entrusted to a General Secretariat. This one covers five (5) national coordination of projects and programs in which the CRBF's activities are divided.
It operates in the following areas: Communication, and promotion of the fundamental principles of the Movement and humanitarian values; Community Health; Disaster preparedness and response; Community development and support to vulnerable people; Child protection.
In Burkina Faso, the following components of the Movement are present: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Belgian Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, the Monaco Red Cross, the Luxembourg Red Cross.