On June 27, 2021, ACT Iraq Forum conducted extensive training in the English language at Ankawa Humanitarian Committee (AHC) Office on Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) for key program staff from ACT members in Iraq. The training focused on equipping, promoting, disseminating, and implementing the CHS in the ACT Iraq Forum and ACT Iraq Forum Members.
The training adopted a participatory approach and included presentations, debates, informal experience sharing, video presentations, and group exercises. It covered the 9 CHS Commitments: Commitment 1: Appropriateness, relevance, Commitment 2: Effectiveness, timeliness, Commitment 3: Strengthening Local Capacities, Commitment 4: Communication, Participation, Commitment 5: Complaints Mechanisms Commitment 6: Coordination, Complementarily , Commitment 7: Learning, Improvement, Commitment 8: People Management, and Commitment 9: Resource Management.
Through the training, the trainees were introduced to methods of enlisting the nine commitments of CHS and outlined the opportunities and challenges humanitarian workers face in implementing CHS approaches. The training participants also discussed ways to implement and Identify mechanisms to promote CHS, improve the quality and accountability in the respective organizations, and design and implement a CHS compliance plan.
As the training drew to a close, Dr. Prabin Manandhar, the trainer, and the Lutheran World Federation Country Representative in Iraq, presented the CHS Board to Devar Sher, AHC Executive Director, and thanked him for providing the training venue.
AHC is currently in the process of becoming a full ACT Alliance member.