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), 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 strenghten the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance 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 locals 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 2 EU Aid Volunteer to Cambodia. 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
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 to 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 WeWorld- GVC Cambodia, responsible for coordination and implementation of activities at national level.
We World-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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