Humanitarian Assistance Programs
We recognize a strong interrelationship among disasters, development and the need for capacity building of institutions that operate in these areas. While disasters and conflict can destroy the products of years of development work, they can also provide opportunities to initiate development programs, such as self-help housing programs to rebuild safe housing destroyed by a natural disaster. Similarly, development programs, if properly implemented, can decrease an area’s susceptibility to disasters whereas improper implementation can increase an area’s vulnerability.
Many development organizations are spending an ever-increasing proportion of their time and resources on disaster and emergency management. These organizations often must acquire new tools, knowledge and skills to perform effectively in the disaster arena. InterWorks is dedicated to providing high quality training programs and consulting services that increase the professional capability of organizations in development and disaster management. We do this by integrating fieldwork in our practice and bringing the lessons learned from the field to the design of training programs.
Achieving true humanitarian coordination has been a major difficulty for the international humanitarian community for the past 20 years. Interestingly, new developments and evolution of roles between State actors, Development and Humanitarian organizations has in some cases made matters worse. Coordination of efforts in a world of limited resources is more critical now than ever before.
InterWorks has developed several guidelines, training sessions, and a distance education course dedicated to coordination over the past 15 years. Our unique placement as consultants to UN agencies, Governments, NGOs, and the Militaries, has provided us with direct insight into the perspectives and biases each organization brings to the table when entering an international humanitarian operation.