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 Tunisia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this Country 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
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 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: the Libyan crisis poses additional challenges to stability and development in Tunisia. In 2011 there has been a massive arrivals of refugees in Tunisia from the Libyan border. The refugees flow decreased during the following years for a number of reasons. In 2015 here was a significant drop in the number of refugees and asylum-seekers, from approximately 1,100 at the beginning of 2015 to 760 at year end, as most pending asylum applications were processed and Syrians moved onward to Europe. The situation in Libya remained a potential source of arrivals, both by land and sea. In 2015, some 940 individuals travelling in seven boats were rescued at sea; among them were 150 asylum-seekers.
• Preparedness and management of natural disasters capacity
The current situation on Libyan border and some events occurred in the recent years (avian flu or H1N1 outbreaks, locusts pilgrims flood 2003) revealed a new challenge for the country: strengthening disaster management capacity, including preparedness and recovery.
Since Ben Ali's departure an interim government has ruled and different protests have taken place. As in any transitions, insecurity and violence remain a latent problem in some urban centers and inside of the country, the pressing demands of economic and social improvement which also fueled the revolution have gained importance in the public debate and triggered an avalanche of claims in all sectors of society.
Finally, Tunisia faces a jihadist threat. The security situation remains unstable.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. 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 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 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 to disasters.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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