GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers complementing humanitarian aid: strengthening the link through deployment, capacity building and technical assistance” project.
The objective is adding value to EU Humanitarian Operations with the support of 30 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.
16 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries.
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.
Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
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In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 2 volunteers to Haiti.
Haiti has a population of 10,572,029 people, of which the 50.4% are women. Over half – or 54% – of the population is aged under 25. It also has the highest population density of 372 inhabitants per square kilometer determinant of the strong pressure on the territory, natural resources and migration flows.
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world, ranking 163 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). It is also one of the most unequal countries, with a Gini coefficient of 0.592 in 2014. 72.2% of Haitians live under the national poverty line of US$ 2.42 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) live under the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 produced by Transparency International, Haiti is ranked 163 out of 175 countries. This is the reason why the level of trust of the population towards institutions (37%) is below the regional average.
The humanitarian context in Haiti remains complex and fragile due to multiple inter-linked risk factors, notably the cholera disease (16,822 cases between January and May 2016), the food security situation due to “El Niño” phenomenon (1.5 million people severely food insecure), the binational mixed-migration crisis (more than 118 thousand individuals identified since June 2015), and remaining IDPs from the Earthquake (61 thousand remain in camps). Along with those issues, floods have affected more than 22 thousand families since January 2016.
Regarding the political context, blockade continues after the non-realization of the second round of elections due to the recurring accusations of widespread fraud and irregularities. Haiti failed to hold presidential elections to appoint a successor to Michel Martelly before his term ended on 7 February. The second round of the elections was called off at two days’ notice, leading to the installation of an interim president on 14 February. The second round had initially been scheduled for 27 December 2015, but was postponed in response to accusations by the opposition of widespread fraud and irregularities. There is not a date for holding the elections yet, but it is estimated they will take place in late 2016 or early 2017.
GVC Haiti has a Security Plan that must be scrupulously respected. The field visits to the project area or the capital have to be approved by the Head of Mission and volunteers must follow the established procedures. In periods of cyclones and hurricanes alert, GVC Haiti is in coordination with local authorities to assess the real situation at any time. Therefore, GVC Haiti is able to take steps prior to spontaneous altercations that may occur due to moments of political upheaval or social events that could lead to a situation of uncertainty for team members. It is advisable to always carry a copy of the passport and just use the original document when travelling abroad.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Haiti, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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