Rita’s first experience with RedR has been as a trainee “In the late 2000s, I participated in one of the RedR humanitarian response training in Nepal, and what prompted me to apply for membership is the fact that I was quite impressed by the high level of professionalism of RedR trainers and ability to pass a wide range of skills on to the participants”.
Becoming a RedR Member not only enabled Rita to be constantly updated with RedR’s training courses and activity, but also gave her the opportunity to strengthen her professional network. “After Nepal Earthquake in 2015, I acted as the Coordinator of the INGOs Disaster Management Group. In the aftermath of the earthquake, a RedR team came to Nepal and we met to discuss some aspects of the assessment they were carrying out. I provided RedR staff with all the necessary information to facilitate their assessment”.
This close collaboration also reinforced Rita’s interests in RedR work, especially its capacity building focus: “I truly believe that having the right skills and capacity are crucial to provide immediate and effective humanitarian assistance and, by doing so, to preserve the dignity of the affected population”.
A more recent example of the dynamic connection between Rita and RedR is the recent participation of UN staff based in Iraq in RedR the training held in Erbil: “I would like to engage more in connecting UN agencies training focal points to RedR, so as to make the most out of these training opportunities offered on a global level”.
For all these reasons, “RedR membership constitutes an important framework for my profession and humanitarian commitment, as I constantly benefit from their capacity building expertise. At the same time, being part of RedR network means that in the context of a real emergency, such was the case of the Nepal Earthquake, greater coordination can be achieved by professionals working on the emergency response in whatever capacity”.
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