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CORE - Common Operational Recovery Essentials
CORE is a training programme, funded by ECHO and DFID, which consists of Training of Trainers (ToT) and Workshop training programmes. It offers for the first time the opportunity for all humanitarian stakeholders worldwide to agree and deliver together the same introductory humanitarian technical training, carrying the messages of the CCCM, Early Recovery, Emergency Shelter, Protection and Wash clusters of the IASC, as a foundation to humanitarian capacity building, DDR and national resilience.
Why is CORE unique?
CORE is both scalable and sustainable, because it is franchised to national agencies. Agencies deliver CORE to their own staff, but also to the staff of other national agencies, civil protection agencies, development agencies, civil organisations, humanitarian agencies, the private sector, the academic community, as well as the affected populations themselves, charging a fee to some participants. This offers a better training environment for participants, offsets training costs, and places the host agency more centrally in national capacity building.
CORE is delivered nationally in national languages, the fee is much lower than training that requires participants and trainers to be flown in, as well as offering a foundation to the existing more specialised training of agencies and staff career development.
CORE is adaptable to different national training contexts and needs, through the processes of consultation and translation. Although the key learning objectives and points are agreed at cluster level, their meaning in each situation is adapted, resulting in an open source national training resource. Specialist needs can also be integrated, for example currently CCCM-CORE is being rolled out by the CCCM cluster, with additional Cluster related material.
Why is CORE needed?
Humanitarian training is predominantly run by agencies mainly for their own members and as a result there is no common standard by which to measure the benefits of these training programmes. As the majority of training are typically run in-house by large organisations, they are often only available in Western languages. As they usually involve flying in and accommodating both trainers and participants, they are often expensive.
Current training programmes are often closely linked to disaster responses. After a humanitarian response training programmes often stop and valuable capacity is lost as many of the skilled personnel leave the country. This leads to a lack of training in places where it is needed, and therefore a lack of capacity if a humanitarian response is required for potential future disasters.
What is different about CORE training?
- CORE carries the key messages of five technical IASC clusters
- CORE provides commonly agreed standard training between agencies
- CORE is price banded to ensure accessibility
- CORE is modelled to ensure sustainability through ToT courses
- CORE acts as a gateway to further specialised technical training.
- CORE seeks to provide a foundation for exisiting training programmes by targeting a wider affected audience.
- Material delivered during CORE ToT and Workshop programmes are translated to native languages
- All training material is open source and available for download and free adaptation, although certificates may only be awarded by CORE following training from certified trainers, in order to maintain quality and therefore the value to participants of the training and its contribution to their career development.
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