The International Blue Crescent Foundation held the “Introduction to Sphere Standards and Project Management Training" training in Gaziantep in cooperation with Sphere, which sets the standards for humanitarian relief actions around the world.
Following the UN Security Council's decision to continue humanitarian aid to Syria, the need to develop the capacities of Syrian-based non-governmental organizations has increased.
In this context, International Blue Crescent Foundation (IBC) organized training with the participation of Sphere, which has been operating since 1997 to increase the standards for quality and accountability in humanitarian relief activities, and representatives of 23 non-governmental organizations working in the Syria cross-border context.
In the 5-day training, it was conveyed by expert trainers to NGO representatives active in humanitarian relief work in Syria by considering Sphere's principled and rights-based approach and effective implementation of the processes for the main intervention areas of humanitarian relief projects (WASH - water supply / sanitation / hygiene, Food security / Nutrition, Shelter / Settlement, Health)
In the training program, which was created with the main idea of fully addressing human needs for an effective operation, the stages of project development / planning, budget preparation principles and monitoring / evaluation processes were carried out and demonstrated in practice with a logical framework approach.
The training was held with the participation of 50 percent female and 50 percent male NGO representatives, contributing to gender equality, which is sensitive to all platforms where Sphere and the International Blue Crescent Foundation actively operates; thus, gender balance has preserved its importance in this training.
All participants, whose certificates were presented on the last day of the organization, stated that this training comprehensive was very effective and important for them. They also stated that this training is a pioneer for the professionalization of high-quality standardization of the operations, especially on the Syrian border.
For the Sphere Handbook, which is the product of years-long hard work of humanitarian relief actors around the world, and which is a resource for the use of standards in field operations, policy development, and advocacy by adopting quality / accountability grounded in protection principles: