Building capacity in humanitarian emergency management

Humanitarian emergencies frequently require a rapid response from the organisations responsible for providing assistance. In response to this, Caritas has implemented a capacity building programme on emergency preparedness and response, Phase II (ReCIP2) in Mali, which had the aim of improving the organisations’ response to emergencies. ECOPER recently completed its external evaluation of the intervention. The evaluation aimed to both analyse the results of the programme and, where possible, propose improvements which could be adopted for future efforts. It was conducted remotely owing to the COIVD- 19 pandemic, with interviews and surveys taking place online.

Caritas established the ReCIP programme in the wake of the 2012 coup in Mali, having found itself in the position of being a leading organisation in helping people displaced by the ongoing conflict. Phase I consisted in a capacity assessment mission conducted in 2014 and 2015, while the second phase in 2015 aimed to overcome the limitations identified by the assessment. This was to be achieved through training and the development of management tools, with the ultimate aim of reinforcing the organisation’s preparedness and rapid response capacities.