In line with ACTED’s commitment to develop long-term opportunities for sustainable growth and build capacity with key stakeholders, ACTED in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) formed a capacity building consortium under the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster to support the Development and Modification Center (DMC) responsible for managing all IDP camps in Duhok Governorate. Funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through Welthungerhilfe (WHH) from November 2014 until August 2015, the consortium provided trainings and mentorships in camp management to 11 government appointed IDP Camp Managers, later increasing to 12 with the opening of Sheikhan camp.
The capacity building project aimed at strengthening the skills and knowledge of camp managers and their subordinate staff throughout the Duhok Governorate through the provision of both formal trainings and on-the-job mentorship. Formal camp management trainings covered topics such as community participation and engagement, information management, protection mainstreaming, GBV basic principles and CCCM core concepts while on-the-job mentorship consisted of giving camp managers access to experienced international project managers on a weekly basis to provide further coaching and advice on real time camp management issues and coordination.
The total number of indirect beneficiaries benefiting from improved camp management was 158,757 individuals. The total number of direct beneficiaries included 152 government camp management and 16 Board of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs staff. Consequently, through multiple trainings targeting camp managers of all IDP and Refugee camps (mentored or not), a total of 19 camp managers directly benefited from the capacity building initiative. The project successfully ended in August 2015 with great lessons learned and remarkable achievements and in addition, it gave the consortium the ability to work towards a shared goal via diverse perspectives and experiences paving the way for deeper problem analysis and comprehensive evidence-based decision making.