Projects Asia & The Pacific

Practical Refugee Emergency Preparation Workshop and Field Exercise Planning and Assessment Mission

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) | Nov 2017

InterWorks conducted a one-day emergency preparedness planning workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 28 November 2017. The workshop was designed to gain planning and design input from stakeholder partners for the development of a proposed practical field exercise on refugee emergency response readiness. The workshop was followed by a 3-day assessment mission to determine the feasibility and parameters for the development of the practical field exercise to be held in the Spring of 2018. The workshop and assessment mission were organized as a part of the overall UNHCR regional strategy for preparedness for possible refugee emergencies in Central Asia.

Workshop sessions were presented either in Russian or English with simultaneous translation throughout. All workshop materials, table-top exercises, and presentations were prepared in both Russian and English. The event included a table-top simulation based on the current refugee emergency contingency planning scenario. This was followed by debriefing and discussions on the limitations of such exercises and how best to design and implement a more practical field-based exercise to test the current contingency plan.

Following the workshop, a small team from UNHCR RO Almaty, UNHCR Dushanbe, and the UNHCR eCentre conducted an assessment mission to better understand the context and constraints on organizing a field exercise in Tajikistan in the Spring of 2018. The mission included site visits to local warehouses and partner offices. The assessment team conducted interviews with key stakeholders in the design and implementation of the planned field exercise.

Everything went very well/excellent. Thank you.

– Workshop participant