RedR’s course was the first international training to be held in Northern Rakhine State in 20 years of NGO presence there. As such, it was a significant step. "We were responding to a very real need, and expectations among local aid workers were high," says Stephen. In total, 35 people (31 national staff and 4 international staff) attended the training.
Samir, Head of Mission with ACF - himself an Associate Trainer with RedR UK - oversees the teams whose members attended the training. Just a few weeks later, Myanmar experienced the worst flooding to hit the country in decades. Rakhine State was one of the worst-hit areas.
"We experienced massive floods and a cyclone, major disaster, emergency all over the place," Samir remembers. "I had to manage my team remotely as, like most senior managers, I was at the coordination office in Yangon when it [the flooding] happened. The national staff team had to launch relief distributions and prepare a project proposal by themselves."
Samir’s team had just 24 hours to produce a concept note. "They were able to use what they’d learnt during the training to draw up a logical framework in a high-pressure situation: and they managed to produce a high-quality document," he says. "For me, this is evidence that training can work and can even have an immediate impact. The logical framework they drew up became the basis of a proposal which secured us 500,000 euros from a major donor. So this more than justified the initial investment ACF had made in the training. For me, it’s all part of a logical chain of events."