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 project WEWORLD-GVC deploys 6 EU Aid Volunteer to Tunisia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with WEWORLD-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
Tunisia’s Human Development Index value for 2016 is 0.721 positioning it at 96 out of 188 countries and territories.
Tunisia is located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This position lead to numerous waves of migrations and a big influence of neighboring countries, (namely Libya and Algeria). Despite the economic crisis, Tunisia was the only country of the Arab Spring that established a peaceful transition of power.
The main challenges of the country are:
• Reducing inequalities and improving access to basic social services: in connection with the economic crisis and unemployment, a growing number of vulnerable groups (especially younger people and women) is likely to fall into poverty with imitated access to basic social services.
• The response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Libyan conflict: Tunisia has seen an increasing inflow of migrants of sub-Saharan origin transiting through or settling in the country. Between 2004 and 2014 non-Tunisian nationals residing in Tunisia increased by 66%. This percentage does not include the more than 10,000 sub-Saharan migrants in an irregular situation estimated to be living in the country. In 2017, however, the number of sub-Saharan nationals who were apprehended off the Tunisian coast in an attempt to reach Europe by boat rose from 71 to 271 cases, a three-fold increase compared to the year before. In the first months of 2018 Tunisia has become a destination and transit country for sub-Saharan migrants in the North African region.
• Preparedness and management of natural disasters capacity. Tunisia is vulnerable to climate variability and change in numerous ways. Stressors such as rising temperatures and varied precipitation levels coupled with potential increased frequency of extreme events, such as floods and droughts, could threaten agriculture, economic development, and availability of water resources throughout the country. Tunisia’s susceptibility to climate variability and change is also tied to its reliance on agriculture and tourism. Without adaptation measures, and under a high emissions scenario, 78,700 Tunisians would be affected annually between 2070 and 2100 by sea level rise and flooding. Sea level rise also threatens the water scarce low-lying islands off Tunisia’s coast, where climate change will likely exacerbate existing water security challenges and may also result in coastal erosion and increased evapotranspiration due to rising temperatures.
WEWORLD-GVC Tunisia is active since 2011 both in humanitarian and development actions responding to the refugees and migration crises and supporting local communities in rural areas. Young people and women are the main target of the WEWORLD-GVC Tunisia ongoing projects improving their resilience capacity and their participation in economic, social and political life.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by WEWORLD-GVC Tunisia, 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.
The EUAV Volunteer will be part of a Task Force of WEWORLD-GVC. This specific department is led by the Humanitarian and Protection Policy Expert and it is composed of around 15 staff and EUAV Volunteers, dislocated in different WEWORLD-GVC missions. The EUAV Volunteers will therefore have direct work relations with around 6 colleagues hosted by WEWORLD-GVC Tunisia and with those hosted by other missions. The department is currently composed of different profiles, including researchers, analysts and policy officers, and it is in leading in the development, quality control and research on the WEWORLD-GVC Community Protection Approach.
In addition, the department provides supports to the different WEWORLD-GVC missions in researching, capitalizing and developing knowledge, good practices and expertise from specific -WEWORLD-GVC Missions in different sectors
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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