Building a Better Response
Concern is working to strengthen the collective response of humanitarian organizations to get people the help they need when they need it most.
A typhoon strikes the Philippines. An earthquake devastates Haiti. Monsoon floodwaters inundate Pakistan. A hunger crisis erupts in the Sahel.
When a country is faced with an emergency, international humanitarian organizations jump into action to respond.
However, the first crucial hours and days during an emergency can be a confusing time, with infrastructure often impaired, transportation disrupted, resources made scarce, and lines of communication delayed.
It is essential that NGOs (non-governmental organizations) work together to get help fast to those who need it, but coordinating efforts during the chaos of crises is often challenging.
Concern Worldwide, along with International Medical Corps and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, decided to do something to help humanitarian workers during these critical moments after a disaster. In 2012, the Building a Better Response (BBR) project was launched, with funding from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
To date, over 30,000 humanitarians have joined the BBR movement by either attending a workshop or registering for the e-learning tool.
BBR provides training that gives NGO first responders the skills to engage with each other and coordinate more effectively when working on the ground during man-made crises or natural disasters.
Through an interactive e-learning tool and workshops held all over the world that include discussion panels and simulation exercises, BBR participants learn how to become more effective emergency responders by increasing their knowledge of:
Through these trainings, BBR is strengthening the humanitarian community to provide efficient emergency response when people are most in need of our help. To date, over 30,000 humanitarians have joined the BBR movement by either attending a workshop or registering for the e-learning tool.
To learn more about BBR and to sign up for the interactive online learning tool, visit buildingabetterresponse.org.