Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Partners in action
workshop: training for facilitators on capacity
This second workshop contributed to strengthen the work that CRID has
been carrying out in various Central American countries in the field
of disaster information management. It also represents an important component
of the training process that ECHO is funding in the context of CANDHI.
Participants were trained using a participatory methodology that included techniques to be applied through their role as facilitators. The workshop also aimed at providing a space to exchange experiences related to other training processes that CANDHI information centers have carried out, and at planning the activities that each individual center must implement in their respective countries, as part of the project. During the workshop, CRID fostered the exchange of opinions and viewpoints, and collaborative efforts as a means for promoting work relationships within the network.
In addition, the training workshop contributed to strengthen the capacity of all participants in the use of methods and techniques that will enable them to play a pivotal role as facilitators during the next step of the project. During this next stage, all CANDHI centers will organize and hold workshops related to disaster information management in their respective countries. These training activities will be intended for government officials, associations and NGOs, among others. In this manner, the knowledge acquired by these participants will be replicated in their countries and at different organizational levels.
The agenda of this second workshop also included issues related to information
for decision making in emergency and disaster situations; a toolkit for
disaster information management, which included a discussion on its contents
and its promotion in countries where CANDHI works; training for information
users; the creation of printed material and digital collections; analysis
and assessment of the capacities built during the digitalization process
implemented by the CANDHI network; metadata management; document identification
and sorting; access to and retrieval of information sources; the use
of information and communication technologies (ICT) in information centers;
criteria for and evaluation of open-source application to information
source management; planning and organization of information services
on the Internet; a web-based project; and best practices for successful
At the end of the activity, the participants highlighted the importance for these countries to take on the responsibility of working together to build and strengthen their capacities, and to focus on joint efforts for the creation of a regional system. They also expressed the need to strengthen the commitment of each institution of the CANDHI network, so that specific goals are met, services are improved, knowledge is put into practice, and products are developed to support the work done by CANDHI and by people involved in disaster reduction and other related areas.