SCORE project – Empowering local organisations
The SCORE project – Strengthening Capacities for Local Organisations to Respond Effectively in Emergencies – is an 18-month project. It is funded by the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative of the European Commission.
Trócaire and Cordaid are working with 12 local organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. We are supporting these local organisations to be better prepared and able to respond to humanitarian crises in their communities.
As per SCORE Project’s overall aim of promoting local actors to play a leading role in humanitarian response, OPA was one of five local organisations engaged in Ethiopia.
OPA identified key areas where they need support and an organisational improvement plan was prepared for action.
As a result, capacity building trainings have been provided to core staff around:
- Emergency preparedness planning,
- Core Humanitarian Standards,
- Rapid needs assessments and digital data collection,
- Cash transfer programming,
- Protection Mainstreaming.
While for the first time comprehensive policy and procedural guidelines have been developed on:
- Feedback and complaint handling mechanisms,
- Participatory project design and delivery mechanisms,
- Organisational security policies/procedures,
- Emergency preparedness plan.
The progress made by OPA to date is really significant, and staff like Elias and Tigist continue to build and develop their skills with enthusiasm and dedication.
This is localisation in action – supporting and building an emergency response that is locally owned and locally led. For the communities we work with, they will be served by local organisations that are now stronger, more effective and more accountable.
By Trócaire and Oromia Pastoralist Association