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). Operational details & security context
With a population of 13.4 million, Cambodia is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia, and also one of the poorest. 80% of the population is rural, and an estimated one-third of Cambodians still live below the poverty line. After decades of civil war, the country emerged from conflict in the early 1990s, and the reconstruction phase has seen some economic growth, as well as improvements in overall health, education and income standards. However, significant challenges remain, and Cambodia is still classified as one of the world’s Least Developed Countries.
Moreover, Cambodia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia, with floods and drought the primary natural hazards to affect the country. These have caused significant loss of life and substantial damages to infrastructure, agriculture and livelihoods. The frequent natural disasters have exacerbated the vulnerability of the mostly poor and rural population. In addition, issues with significant humanitarian impact, including climate change, landmines, environmental degradation, water and sanitation, health and other developmental issues, also affect Cambodia, severely obstructing development in a country seeking to rise out of years of internal conflict and instability.
Currently, much of disaster management in Cambodia is focused at the community level on preparedness, disaster risk reduction and response preparation.
Cambodia continues to strengthen its capacity to prepare and respond to disasters but will likely require continuing assistance from the international community for many years. It will take concerted efforts in coordination and cooperation with regional countries and other foreign nations, as well as support from the international humanitarian community, to help Cambodia prepare for, respond and minimize the effects of disasters.
Migration and Human Trafficking challenge:
Poverty, lack of jobs within Cambodia and family expectations are some of the driving factors pushing citizens to take advantage of globalization and the labour market imbalance between countries by migrating for better opportunities. Because of the inadequate economic, social or physical security of the migrants, the opportunities can end up being exploitative. Many migrants (usually undocumented) are victimized at the hands of perpetrators of contemporary forms of slavery, through human trafficking (especially women and children), labour exploitation and forced marriage. Strains brought on by financial insecurity are believed to lead to heightened stress and desperation, which in turn can stimulate a predisposition to domestic violence. Protections for migrant workers can be difficult to enforce due to the cross-country nature of the relationships.
Security conditions in Cambodia are generally good.
Incidents of politically-motivated violence have fallen in recent years, but political disputes could trigger violent protests.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Cambodia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level.
GVC Cambodia is active in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security, human trafficking and migrations.
The 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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