GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acci ó n contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “ EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.
The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.
17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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 GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers 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-volontariato-civile_en 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 ( http://www.inform-index.org/Countries/Country-profiles). 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 Italia 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 was drafted with the support of the GVC Burkina Faso staff, taking into account the specific risks in order to develop a plan and procedures for safety, health and evacuation appropriate for the staff and for the EU Aid Volunteers.
With regard to the political and social context, Burkina Faso can be globally qualified as a safe country without any particular risks for expatriate staff and local staff, including EU Aid Volunteers, except some areas in the Mali and Niger border. Throughout the year 2017 the security situation in Burkina Faso has been calm and currently is not particularly critical, except in the border areas near Mali and Niger. 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, for which vaccination is mandatory before traveling to Burkina Faso. There is no other specific risk with regard to health; prevention measures for malaria and other diseases are highly 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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