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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 30 Sep 2018
    Starting date: 15 Oct 2018
    Ending date: 19 Oct 2018

    Communities around the world, especially in Africa, are facing a serious of challenges towards establishing sustained progress due to the changing climate patterns. Farmers and pastoralists in Africa, who are experiencing delayed rains, work hard to bridge the gaps of food insecurity by adapting new ways. Rainfall variability and drought in many parts of Africa are some of the manifestations of climate variability. Indeed, climate change is happening and felt by communities. Equally, HIV and AIDS epidemic and famine are pressing communities threatening to drive them to the verge of disaster. Efforts of many development agencies face major setback if communities are not able to cope, and if risk is not reduced, hence the occurrence of disasters. Therefore, an approach that would safeguard the accumulated years of development gains is relevant. Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) and Climate Change Adaptation is an approach that shows the relationship between disaster, climate change and development, offering amicable solutions.

    CMDRR refers to building people’s capacity to prevent and mitigate the impact of hazards and reduce the degree of vulnerability of communities at risk through increased individual survivability and community readiness. Building resilient communities, therefore, means strengthening the foundation of safety and also enhancing disaster risk reduction measures so as to fully attain resilience against any impending hazards. Disaster solely happens when the foundation of safety is weak and disaster risk reduction measures are not in place. Climate Change Adaptation is a response to climate change that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of social and biological systems, including human populations, to climate change effects. Thus, this course on Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Building Resilient Communities is designed to respond to the call of the time.

    IIRR-Africa takes lead in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), with projects already implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

    Training period: 8 days

    Training objective

    The overall objective of the training is to strengthen capacities of the trainees to mainstream community managed disaster risk reduction concepts, principles and practices in the planning and implementation of community development efforts in their respective organizations.

    Expected outcomes

    The training is designed to achieve the following outcomes

    • Enhanced knowledge and skills of the trainees on the philosophy, concept and principles of CMDRR and CCA.
    • Built capacity to work with community members to initiate, develop, and implement community owned and managed disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans throughout the project areas.

    Course requirements:

    To be able to qualify for graduation, the trainees need to complete the following requirements:

    o Attend all the face to face training sessions

    o Take part in classroom individual and group activities

    o Take part in the field practicum

    o Present report of the field practicum findings back to the group

    Course Structure

    Delivery of this course will be highly participatory, combining presentations, plenary discussions, small group work exercises, focus group discussion, case stories and field practicum. Handouts will be provided to the participants whereas a field practicum will be incorporated to offer hands-on practice of participatory community risk assessment and planning.

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    Country: Kenya
    Organization: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
    Registration deadline: 31 Oct 2018
    Starting date: 12 Nov 2018
    Ending date: 16 Nov 2018

    IIRR pioneered the writeshop methodology and has been using it to build the capacity of organizations by promoting learning and reflection. There is growing pressure on development organizations to show evidence of their works. This requires systematic documentation, packaging and dissemination, which are weakness of many development organizations. Innovating Writeshop for Documentation of Impact is given as a five-day training program by IIRR.

    There are mainly two reasons that necessitate writeshops:

    1. For project or organizational learning to improve performance, results and impact

    2. For wider sharing or mainstreaming of experiences and knowledge and in networking and cooperation among the different development stakeholder groups beyond the local or project setting.

    The writeshop is a participatory process that brings together staff, facilitators, project partners and community members together with facilitators, editors and design specialists under one roof or a tree shade to produce simple, user-friendly materials in a short period of time.

    This training program is designed to capture, distill, peer review, and widely share lessons of evidence from the field. It builds on the experiences of various actors involved in a project or program implementation to come together and document their change stories from the field and share widely with their communities, institutions, donors, local government collaborators and other stakeholders.

    By the end of the training program, participants are expected to have improved their writing and analytical skills; have enhanced capacity to capture evidence from their work; have improved their confidence in conducting their own writeshops. They will also be able to polish draft cases they will bring to the writeshop and develop an action plan.

    The training program will focus on the following learning outcomes:

    • Participants use written and oral communications to tell community-relevant stories and explain complex situations, helping them act as facilitators of change processes at the community level.
    • Participants can analyze information and reach their own evidence-based conclusions.

    • Use facilitation skills, consensus building, peer reviews and the promotion of respectful dialogue

    • Identify issues that are relevant to the community, and frame them in feasible projects and programs

    • Utilize a variety of evidence bases, and develop collaborative work plans with partner groups

    • Deliver effective presentations to general and specialized audiences

    • Articulate and defend the significance of community projects

    • Write effective reports, from meeting minutes to grant proposals


    Training participants are guided on the writeshop methodology, which will enable them to efficiently organize, facilitate and manage the pre-production, production and post-production requirements of the desired document. The writeshop will enable them to consolidate experiences by compiling resources, reference materials, and stories of best practices.

    By the end of the course, participants are expected to have:

    • Improved their writing and analytical skills

    • Acquired basic skills and capacity in producing written materials

    • Appreciated the roles and responsibilities of all writeshop players

    • Improved their confidence in conducting their own *writeshop*s; and

    • Improved knowledge to replicate/share learning from the course

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    Country: United States of America
    Organization: International Organization for Migration, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
    Registration deadline: 21 Jun 2018
    Starting date: 22 Jun 2018
    Ending date: 22 Jun 2018

    The Design for Humanity Summit, hosted by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Migration Agency, will explore the intersection of design and humanitarian action for dignified crisis response.

    Prominent humanitarian and design professionals will discuss current best practices and generate human-centered design strategies that address contemporary humanitarian challenges. Through cross-collaboration of both sectors, this initiative aims to drive humanitarian response in a more dignified, inclusive, and sustainable direction.

    Topics to be explored during the Summit will include:

    • Public interest design and design thinking for inclusive humanitarian response
    • Transformation of camps into sustainable cities and communities of resilience for host and displaced communities
    • The nexus of private sector and innovation in humanitarian response
    • Art, architecture, and design for human rights advocacy
    • Design for protection of at-risk populations in humanitarian crisis
    • Sustainable design to mitigate the effects of acute and protracted urban crises
    • Innovative prototypes of new humanitarian design trends

    Through bridging their areas of expertise, both humanitarian and design professionals can more effectively design dignified and durable solutions that tackle today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Whether ensuring more dignified shelters and settlements for displaced persons, designing more inclusive and resilient urban ecosystems or employing art and design as a vehicle for advocacy - the possible synergies between design and humanitarian action are endless.

    The Design for Humanity Summit is made possible with the support of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and Fordham University. Community partners include ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights, InterAction and the American Society of Interior Designers.

    How to register:

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