From 9-11 December, IOM conducted a 3-day CCCM training for staff of the Government of the Bahamas. 33 participants were nominated from a wide variety of government branches: Ministry of Social Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. What all participants had in common was that they had previously completed the USAID Shelter & Shelter Management training and were actively involved in the Hurricane Dorian response – either directly in the Emergency Shelters, or through other activities.
The course consisted of a 3-day participatory training which was interactive and based on adult learning methodologies blending both theory and practice. The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity of participants to respond to emergencies and to enhance their camp management skills, with GBV prevention actions mainstreamed in each of the thematic sessions. Topics covered included; humanitarian principles, the global humanitarian system, minimum standards in emergencies, site closure and durable solutions, mainstreaming of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention (with guest presentation by UNFPA), mitigation, and referral in CCCM, and the importance of community participation from the evacuee/displaced population – to name a few.