[Press Release – Bioforce, November 2016]
The Bioforce Institute sets up campus in Dakar to answer the call of international organisations and train a new generation of aid workers
In November 2016, the Bioforce Institute opens a new regional centre in Dakar (Senegal), which will soon conduct trainings in humanitarian professions and skills. This is a major step forward towards for the sustainable improvement of humanitarian response capacity of international and local organisations in this region.
The Western and Central African regions are affected by many crises linked to conflicts or climate change. However, humanitarian agencies in these regions face a major challenge in attracting competent and skilled professionals capable of meeting the needs of local communities, which then impacts to a large extent their ability to respond to crises. Fifteen of these organisations have launched an appeal to set up in this area comprehensive training solutions that can ultimately offer recognised qualifications.
In Dakar, the Bioforce Institute now offers accessible trainings that meet the needs of international humanitarian workers and local first responders alike. The ambition of the Bioforce Institute is to take an active part in creating a talent pool of skilled next-generation aid workers, while also supporting local organisations and institutions that deal with humanitarian crises.
With the opening of this regional centre in Dakar, an actual nerve centre for aid organisations operating in West and Central Africa, the Bioforce Institute responds to these challenges:
– As of March 2017, 21 skills-based training sessions delivered by our international and regional trainers will develop the skills of national and international teams for organisations working in the field: see the complete catalogue
– As of May 2017, 6 three-month qualifications-based courses will enable candidates to get trained for a particular humanitarian profession (logistician, HR and finance manager, project coordinator, child protection in emergencies project manager, water-hygiene-and-sanitation project manager, nutrition project manager). See the complete catalogue
– Our Dakar-based team will also provide bespoke training courses tailored to the capacity-building needs of each organisation or institution.
We firmly believe that the quality of humanitarian aid for vulnerable populations depends greatly on the capacity of the organisations and individuals involved. As such, every day we invest our energy and expertise in improving these capacities: this new Bioforce Centre represents a major step forward towards the sustainable improvement of humanitarian response in this region through trained professionals.