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The Humanitarian Context in the Middle East

The MENA region has been facing serious humanitarian challenges since 2012 due to man-made and natural threats. In particular, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen have been the focus of international action and response.

Because of the prolonged nature of these crises, and the lack of an obvious resolution, donor fatigue as well as host community/country fatigue has set in. The UN estimates that there will be a 50% to 75% shortfall in donations to the MENA region to support their response efforts for the upcoming year.

The international community is now turning their focus to National NGOs (NNGOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to ensure continued support is provided to vulnerable populations after the international community presence recedes. The identification and development of resilient, sustainable, and responsible local organisations is one way to transition from humanitarian response to recovery efforts.

Syrian people in need

13.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance (according to the latest estimates)

RedR's MENA Programme

What We Do

RedR's MENA office is loated in Amman, Jordan. Our work in the region focuses on identifying NNGOs and CBOs that will benefit from capacity-building efforts and partner with them to strengthen their resilience, sustainability, and impact. We run open courses, tailor-made courses, and grant-funded projects in Jordan and across the region.

“We know that the only way to ensure an effective medium- to long-term response after a crisis is to invest in the capacity of local actors,” says Country Director Sabrina M. Segal. “We are developing new and innovative learning programmes focused on national and community-based organisations that will strengthen their core skills, knowledge, and abilities not only supporting their foundation but making them more responsive and responsible partners for international donors."

What We Do
'Protection' training in Amman, Jordan, October 2016
'Protection' training in Amman, Jordan, October 2016

Our Vision

In 2017 and 2018, RedR will continue to focus on providing relevant and needs-based programming, building the capacity of organisations as well as individuals, and expanding access to our services. We will offer medium- and long-term capacity-building programmes incorporating blended learning, which has proven to have a lasting impact.

We'll be expanding into northern Iraq, where few other capacity-building organisations are present, as well as exploring partnerships with the private sector and designing alternative forms of online collaboration and learning that will enable access to resources and experts for those who cannot leave their physical locations. 

Our Vision

We are the local capacities; all these guidelines and standards are for us. The power is in our hands, because we are the ones who are dealing immediately with the beneficiaries.

Ayat Al-Khateeb, Programme Manager with the NGO Response for Needs

Ayat attended 'Management and Leadership' training as part of the 'Context' programme in 2016

Build your skills today!

See the open training courses running in the Middle East in 2017

Tailor-Made Support

Are you looking for a bespoke solution to training or consulting needs in your organisation? 

We can provide our existing courses in-house, tailor any of our modules to your context, or devise an entirely new solution to suit your needs. We can also provide tecnical experts to support capacity-building within your organisation. Get in touch to discuss what RedR can do for you!

Tailor-Made Support

Contact us

To learn more about RedR's activities in MENA or to discuss the possibility of working together, please contact us at middle.east@redr.org.uk or at the address below:

RedR UK
Housing Bank Complex
Queen Noor Street- Building 95
PO BOX 11193
Amman, Jordan

Telephone: +962 (0)7 9132 6873

You can also find us on Instagram as RedR MENA.

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The training has been very useful, particularly the sessions on risk analysis, and data collection and security of information. I was just thinking about how to share what I’ve learned with my field-based colleagues, especially the community representatives.

Omar Mahammad, Community Mobilisation Coordinator with the NGO International Relief and Development (IRD) in Za’atari refugee camp

Omar took part in RedR's 'Protection' training in Amman, Jordan, in October 2016