For people who have lost everything in a major disaster, humanitarian relief is often the only immediate lifeline. Making aid more efficient and reliable ensures communities are better supported when crises hit.
RedR equips aid workers around the world with the very latest skills, ensuring quality and effectiveness of humanitarian programmes. We also provide technical advice and support to aid workers operating in the field to help solve humanitarian challenges as they arise.
Refugees displaced by conflict in Darfur make their way to camps in Eastern Chad © UNHCR / Helene Caux
Through our leading humanitarian programme in the UK, we train hundreds of aid workers each year both in London and around the country. In 2010-11 alone we trained 500 people in essential skills, with 98% of our trainees rating our courses as 'very good'.
Responding to global disasters is also about responding to global humanitarian training needs, wherever they arise. Our tailormade training takes place in a wide range of countries, delivering skills to more than 600 humanitarians in 2010-11. We have supported many international organisations, including Oxfam, Save the Children, MSF and WaterAid.
We have a strong partnership with Engineers Without Borders, which places young engineers on voluntary placements worldwide.
In addition, we’ve launched a new initiative as part of our Membership, providing support, mentoring and advice to RedR Affiliates, in preparation for a career in the humanitarian sector.
At times, humanitarians operating in remote locations - or in isolation - have to tackle problems which require specific technical expertise and advice.
Our Technical Support Service helps aid workers respond to communities’ needs on the ground by providing answers to questions like ‘how do you keep medicines cool in a conflict-torn region of Gaza when there is no electricity?’ Our experts tackle a range of queries each year, ensuring advice is available at the click of a button.
The UN ‘Cluster’ system helps aid agencies work together to meet the best interests of the communities affected by an emergency, rather than operating in isolation.
We are a leading trainer of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster, helping aid workers learn essential technical and coordination skills so they can work together more effectively in the field. We also deliver expert humanitarian training to the UN's Education and Child Protection Clusters.