Understanding the Disaster Response Emergency Fund – helps CVTL in responding to Disasters Quickly

CVTL and IFRC organized a training about Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) (Emergency Plan of Action & budget) and how to implement and report on such Emergency operations.

The training aimed to contribute to the IFRC’s ongoing efforts to improve speed, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of emergency responses. The main objective was to provide a learning opportunity for staff and volunteers at CVTL to use the DREF as a funding mechanism to be able to reach populations before, during and after disasters with lifesaving services in a timely and qualitative manner.

The five-day training was from 16-20 of October 2023. The facilitators of this training came from the IFRC, APRO, and CCD Jakarta (Edwin Siahaan, Rachel Lee and Farah Zainuddin) with the methodology based on blended learning making use of short theoretical sessions blended with group work.

The training used a desktop simulation, where the participants were immersed into concrete tasks. At the end of each module, the participants had time to reflect individually about the key learning points, and to exchange experiences in plenary to take stock in lessons learned.

In the simulation, each group were given a disaster different scenario:  food insecurity, floods, conflict/social unrest, and Epidemics.

The training gave a greater understanding and skills on how to write proposals to access the Disaster Response Emergency Funding quickly so the funding would be made available in a timely manner.

This increased understanding by CVTL staff on how the DREF operates as IFRC operation funding mechanism, and how the DREF fits into CVTL’s Response mechanism, has been so helpful for us, said Maria Pasquela CVTL’s Livelihood Manager. It is so important that we fully comprehend contingency planning, DREF’s allocation to conduct anticipatory action so that we can apply and access funding in natural disasters. We now have the skills and ability on how to properly use of the required templates of the DREF and the need for clear assessment methodology and monitoring and evaluation, Ms Pasquela continued.

This training was attended by 21 CVTL staff (Females –  9, Males –  11). Funding for this training is from the IFRC Red Ready.

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