LWF Nepal hosts CCCM Training

CCCM Training

Kathmandu, 14 June 2018 – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal hosted a three-day Training in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in the eastern part of Nepal for Asian Zone Emergency and Environment Cooperation Network (AZEECON) member countries with an aim of building the capacity of their staff from 12-14 June.

The main objectives of the regional training were to introduce concept of the CCCM in humanitarian response; impart knowledge on the CCCM frameworks, tools and standards; and strengthen the CCCM function in the AZEECON countries and the Asia region.

LWF Nepal hosted the training as it has been working with the Bhutanese refugees since 1991 and has a long experience in the CCCM. It was decided during the AZEECON Summit held in Laos last year to organize the training in Nepal, given the relevance stemming from the experience of LWF Nepal in this field.

Gopal Dahal, DRR&EPR coordinator at LWF Nepal and one of the facilitators in the training said, “As we have long been working with the Bhutanese refugees and also have the experience of large-scale humanitarian crisis like that of 2015 Nepal Earthquake, we believe that the participants were able to meet their expectation from the training.”

The first two days – the theoretical sessions - of the training was held at Dhankuta and the last one day at a refugee camp at Beldangi, Jhapa in the eastern part of Nepal.

Nelson Sinaga, Program Manager, CDRM&CDS, Indonesia, said, “Be they either refugees or internally displaced people (IDPs) they have right to dignified life. We learned about supporting refugees or IDPs to ensure their rights in camp, maintaining balance between national and local authorities, human rights agencies and host community, humanitarian standards, and need for developing durable solutions.” 

The participants in the training got an opportunity to visit the refugee camp and interact with the refugees and the members of the CCCM Committee and other stakeholders. Supported by the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), the training was facilitated by people from LWF Nepal, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), AMDA, CARITAS Nepal and the Government offices of Nepal.

More than 10 representatives from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal participated in the training.

“The training not only imparted us the theoretical, but also practical knowledge as we had an opportunity to visit camps and interact with the refugees. We learnt about camp cycle and implementation, protection and environment issues which would be useful in designing and implementation of such projects in future,” said Nan Oo Hlaing, CCCM Officer, LWF Field Sittwe Office, Myanmar.      

Addressing the training on the concluding day at Damak, Dr Prabin Manandhar, Country Director of LWF Nepal, said, “The countries in South East Asia and South Asia are at the highest risk of natural disasters ad there have been several cases of human-made disasters in these countries.  There is a continued need of DRR and activities aimed at strengthening local and national capacity to prepare for and response these disasters. CCCM is a vital form of humanitarian assistance because it coordinates protection and assistance programming.” 

Dr Manandhar also thanked the facilitators from LWF Nepal, UNHCR, AMDA, CARITA Nepal and the government of Nepal besides the Bhutanese refugees, Camp Management Committee and their community based organizations for their cooperation.

It was decided during the AZEECON Summit held in Laos last year to organize the training in Nepal given the relevance stemming from the experience of LWF Nepal in this field.

Text: Ram Sharan Sedhai

Image: LWF Nepal