Starting the 29th of April, the first Foundational Humanitarian Training with a focus in Coordination in Emergencies was held by RedR Indonesia. Working together with UNICEF and in collaboration with RedR India, 19 participants had the opportunity to attend the trainings. These humanitarian professionals came from different backgrounds; Ministry of Social Affairs officials, disaster risk reduction volunteers and aid workers; coming from Surabaya, Papua, Palu, Jakarta and Yogyakarta.

Showing their motivation to have a deeper understanding in coordination in emergencies, participants actively collaborated in the sessions which included concepts such as cluster coordination as well as familiarizing with the Sphere Handbook 2018. In addition, this 5-days training included simulations, role plays, lectures and other different methodologies that could be of use when working in emergencies and also to replicate what humanitarian workers usually do in the field.

By giving definitions of concepts related to the humanitarian sector, trainers ensured that all participants would be able to follow the training from the very beginning. As the attendants came from different backgrounds, this activity helped in having discussions about concepts like capacity, disaster management, prevention, vulnerability, etc. which clearly  broaden the content of the training.

The sessions were also focused in different stages of emergencies from response to preparedness, going through recovery and mitigation. Professionals in the field shared their experiences, especially from the recent emergencies that took place in Indonesia. The fact that participants came from different backgrounds, enriched the discussions and created a working environment which was close to the one found in emergencies.

By sharing their experiences, trainers could open a discussion on which are the global trends and challenges in emergencies which tackled issues such as difficulties in coordinating large teams of humanitarian professionals, as well as the fact of how natural hazards are affecting local populations and their vulnerabilities.

After reviewing theories and past experiences related to humanitarian emergencies, participants could apply what they learned during the simulation exercises. Furthermore, they had to work with their colleagues and agree on how to proceed according to what they had learnt during the sessions and from their own experiences in emergencies.

RedR Indonesia, together with UNICEF and RedR India teams, hope that training reached participants’ expectations and that they served as a space to share their experiences as well as to add new knowledge which can be applied in future emergency situations.