Capacity building

This programme aims to maximise the expertise of organisations in non-European countries in the management of humanitarian emergencies, as well as in their prevention, by placing volunteers through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

The EU Aid Volunteers – Getting Involved project currently in progress is coordinated by GVC within a consortium made up of eight organisations, including four European NGOs (GVC – Gruppo di Volontariato CivileAPS – Alianza por la SolidaridadHBAID – Hungarian Baptist AidAWO International), plus eight partners from other countries (MPP – Mouvement Paysan Papaye in Haiti; GVC Tunisie in Tunisia; AVEDEC in Burundi; Alcaldia de Bilwi and Alcaldia de Waspam in Nicaragua; AWO Nepal and Guatemala; ANAP/K in Burkina Faso).

The main goals of the EU Aid Volunteers – Getting Involved project are:

  • preparing and improving the response by local organisations to humanitarian emergencies;
  • promoting local volunteering in these non-European countries by increasing the number of volunteers involved and their skills;
  • contributing to strengthening and building new partnerships in these countries, particularly with local organisations, to develop joint projects within the EU Aid Volunteers initiative;
  • encouraging the EU principles of humanitarian aid.

Various support activities are envisaged in order to achieve the goals, and these include: analysing local organisations’ training needs, meetings and exchange visits between the partner organisations; online conferences between European and non-EU volunteers to enable comparison and exchange of experiences; workshops to develop organisations’ competences in non-EU countries. In addition, a help desk is active to provide information on the EU Aid Volunteers programme, and this supplies the organisations interested in taking part in EU Aid Volunteers with online support in the approval and management of volunteers. All the information useful to the local organisations is included in this document, which may be downloaded in several languages.


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The term Deployment identifies the EU Aid Volunteers projects structured to send volunteers to non-European countries. [More info]

Capacity building

This programme aims to maximise the expertise of organisations in non-European countries in the management of humanitarian emergencies. [More info]

Technical Assistance

The Technical Assistance projects strive to involve as many European organisations as possible in EU Aid Volunteers. [More info]

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