Humanitarian Assistance

Violence and Complex Crises Inhibit Development in Many Areas of the World in Greatest Need

In struggling communities around the globe, emergencies, such as drought or flood and sustained conflict and crises cause harmful disruptions in livelihoods and threaten hard-fought development gains. The estimated 1 billion people living in fragile and conflict-affected states frequently experience breakdowns in the rule of law, access to markets and the provision of vital social services in health and education. Such disruptions often continue to contribute to the origins of the crisis, creating a perilous cycle of vulnerability and poverty.

Dynamic Needs Demand Collaborative Responses with a Focus on Durable Recovery

Communities facing conflict and crises have many dynamic and unique needs. Responding to these needs requires high levels of collaboration and integration. Beyond immediate humanitarian emergency assistance, communities are often in need of assistance addressing the underlying issues that led to instability as well as rebuilding robust health and education systems. In order to facilitate durable recovery and holistic development, stakeholders must work to support mechanisms that build resilience and disaster preparedness, foster markets and support peaceful political transitions.

In many crises and conflict environments, women and girls in particular are disproportionately affected. Recent estimates reveal that approximately 80 percent of those displaced by conflict and crises are women and children. When conflict or disaster occurs, there is an urgent need for research and programming addressing the increased risks of exploitation, abuse and gender-based violence confronting these vulnerable populations. CAMRIS works in crisis and conflict-affected areas across the world to maximize the impact and sustainability of relief and promote long-term recovery.

Through evidence-based research, analysis and innovative project design and programming, we work to support recovery efforts and to lay the groundwork for enduring development through strengthened resilience, improved conflict prevention and targeted disaster risk reduction.

When clients need to add capacity execute their mission, CAMRIS weaves solutions that increases client capabilities. We increase your capabilities through our service delivery tracks that include:

  • Program and project design and implementation

  • Capacity building

    • Individual

    • Organization (agency, bureau, mission, implementing partners)

  • Institutional support

  • International experts

  • Researchers.

  • Administrative

  • Delivery of high quality baseline through end of project evaluations

  • Monitoring and evaluation

Challenge

Repair schools and work with the Mali Ministry of Education to restore educational services for children in conflict-affected regions of the country by overcoming the destruction of physical and institutional infrastructure caused by armed conflict, crisis and natural disasters.

CAMRIS Approach

CAMRIS assessed education facilities to determine what schools required improvement by conducting a rapid assessment on construction needs, selecting five sites for new construction, and sixty schools for rehabilitation. CAMRIS took a grassroots approach by forming partnerships with local communities and together selecting where to build schools within Mali’s conflict-affected regions. In addition to building schools, this project provides educational and recreational supplies to existing schools.

CAMRIS is revitalizing School Based Associations to re-engage in school management, preventing violence and abuse in the educational system, empowering teachers to conduct conflict and gender-sensitive learning, improving community led activities to support enrollment and regular attendance of children in vulnerable groups, and creating sustainable solutions to strengthen the capacity of central and local education staff.

Result

The resources provided have increased communities’ resilience, built additional schools and improved access and quality of education for children.

Challenge

Train U.S. military and disaster management personnel on the tools needed to conduct international disaster management reviews.

CAMRIS Approach

Provide support for cultural training to the International Disaster Management Review Training of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the Defense Department’s Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, and the independent nonprofit Emergency Management Assessment Program.

Result

The course introduced and trained reviewers on on-site assessment procedures, reviewer roles and responsibilities, and the “Remote African Review Assessment” tool for conducting national disaster management reviews. CAMRIS subject matter experts provided a review of major disasters in Africa over the past two decades to increase awareness of the region’s complex history and sociocultural, economic, and geopolitical diversity.

Challenge

Strengthen the capacity of African military partners for pandemic response, focusing on the five areas of health, communications, logistics, security, and operations.

CAMRIS Approach

Technical assistance to the Pandemic Response Program of the U.S. Africa Command and the Defense Department’s Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine for official country-level communications and briefings and for planning and conducting national pandemic disaster tabletop exercises. CAMRIS assistance was implemented over five phases from the initial in-country interaction to the production and validation of a national disaster management plan.

Result

National pandemic response tabletop exercises were conducted in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania, and 15 nations participated in a regional exercise in Benin. In Senegal, CAMRIS provided subject matter experts with French language capacity and cross-cultural insights into all aspects of the planning, review, and development of the tabletop exercise.

Challenge

Enhance the capacity of African nations to mitigate, prepare for, and respond to disasters.

CAMRIS Approach

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) assistance to the Disaster Planning and Preparedness Program (DP3) of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Defense Department’s Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. CAMRIS provided subject matter M&E experts to develop an M&E plan to guide, monitor, and review program design, implementation, and achievements.

Result

The CAMRIS M&E plan included a program overview, high-level program indicators, and a country assessment tool for gathering baseline information for AFRICOM to use in designing country DP3s. The high-level indicators can be used to assess DP3 progress across countries.