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IRMA conducts “Environmental Considerations in Humanitarian Response” Training of Trainers for International Organization for Migration (IOM)

As part of our ongoing technical support to International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Guatemala, IRMA designed and conducted the first round of a “Training of Trainers” on the incorporation of environmental considerations in humanitarian response to population displacement in Guatemala. Following a positive evaluation of the first round, IRMA will conduct a second round of the training in November 2021.

The training, which is provided in Spanish, aims to:

1) Strengthen participants’ knowledge about environmental impacts that result from humanitarian response to migration,

2) Develop participants’ capacities to identify ways to prevent and mitigate such impacts,

3) Equip participants with resources and techniques to replicate the trainings within their respective institutions.

Each session applies an environmental lens to assess unintended negative impacts that result from humanitarian responses in shelter, WASH, health and wellbeing, food, livelihoods, gender, and protection programming. Critical thinking exercises, use of visual and game-like applications (Miro, Kahoot) and a peer-to-peer learning approach encourage and sustain participant engagement and interest.

The course culminates in a virtual simulation of a humanitarian response to a sudden, massive migration flow. Participants test their newly acquired knowledge and skills to design and deliver an environmentally-responsible response.

The training is led by IRMA partner Marilise Turnbull, with research and technical support from Chandler Smith.

Paris Saint Germain/Science Po: Launch of 20hr Module on Disaster Risk Mgmt

IRMA has been invited to teach a 5th Year Masters students  attending the St. Germain (France) Institut d’etudes politiques (IEP) Master Politiques de coopération internationale.

This 20hour course provides students with a solid introduction to climate/crisis and disaster risk management (RM). It is structured tightly around the 4 main yet overlapping spheres of RM (prevention / preparedness / response and recovery) and the 3 components of risk (hazard / exposure / vulnerability) to provide a strong initiation into the topic. 

Students will be put into four teams, each of which will take on the role of 1 donor to build an effective RM program in one country (4 different continents), focused largely on 1 type of hazard (natural / conflict / health / techno, but set as appropriate in a multi-hazard dynamic).

Final grades are given by a panel of experts based on team presentations of each RM program–judging how well risk is likely to be “managed” (prevented / transferred / reduced/managed, etc.).