By Nora Peter, IFRC

Between 6 – 16 May, the IFRC conducted its first Coordination, Assessment and Planning (CAP) for Red Cross Red Crescent Operations training in Sofia, Bulgaria. The purpose of this training was to prepare Red Cross and Red Crescent people for international deployment and equip them with skills to manage disasters and crises effectively in a team.

The training brought together 35 participants from 21 countries including Japan, Lebanon, Cameroon, Canada, Syria, Australia and Norway. A team of 14 experienced facilitators and mentors made sure that participants consolidate and put their learning into practice.

The programme also included a 3 days simulation exercise of a complex emergency – an earthquake scenario with added pressures due to a dam burst. Participants from different countries and professional fields had to join forces to respond to the escalating emergency and test their skills in a near-life situation.






The CAP training is one of the outcomes of the surge optimization process that we have been working on since 2017, with the goal of improving our performance and accountability in emergency response. The new surge system ensures that the right people and services are deployed at the right time – as local as possible, and only as global as necessary,” says Evgenia Generalova, IFRC Surge Learning and Development Coordinator.

“We express our gratitude to the Bulgarian Red Cross for their tireless support during the preparation and implementation of the training,” she adds.

The CAP training one of four learning events planned in 2019 that are funded through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. The two-year project EU Aid Volunteers – Enhancing Aid Capacities is implemented by the IFRC in partnership with the Red Cross societies of Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and The Netherlands with the aim to improve the capability of organizations to provide quality support, managing enhanced pools of competent volunteers and staff for emergency response and improving remote support of operations.