Sphere for Practitioners in Tripoli, Libya

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Sphere Training

Osman Consulting has just concluded the second in the set of training courses they are running in Tripoli this August. This three-day Sphere for Practitioners training was run in partnership with STACO, a development organisation based across Libya, and saw 21 participants attending from throughout the country, representing a real range of organisations, including the government Commission of Civil Society department. It was led by Moustafa Osman and co-facilitated by Hassan Al Sabeh, both part of the Osman Consulting team with a wealth of experience conducting trainings on the Sphere humanitarian standards.

The training provided an insight into the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian response, and its applications in disaster management. The aim of this Sphere for Practitioners course is to use the Sphere standards to enhance the effectiveness and quality of humanitarian agencies’ responses to disasters, aiming to make a significant difference for people affected by disasters.

The course is designed to give stakeholders the knowledge and skills to apply the Sphere standards in their day-to-day work, through drawing on a variety of creative, practical and interactive learning methodologies. One of the participants, Maysoun, commented that the course used a ‘methodology that suits the trainers in their current work fields,’ and was impressed with this ability to adapt the training to tailor it to the needs of the attendees, to make it as relevant and useful as possible. Participants agreed that the training was conducted to a high level of professionalism.

The training was indeed a great success in enabling the participants to gain new knowledge, to understand where it relates to their work and discover how they will be able to make use of it practically. Another participant commented that not only had the training helped them identify and understand problems and how to solve them, but had been particularly valuable in the way that it drew out and highlighted the understandings and solutions that the participants already held. She commented that ‘we really need this kind of training in our country nowadays.’ This highlights the importance that synthesis and dialogue between the depth of local knowledge and global standards like Sphere and CHS holds.

The training comes at a critical time for Libya, with the conflict just outside the capital. More and more people are being displaced. For organisations on the ground, building up capacity and adapting to be able to continue to make a positive difference in an increasingly challenging context is absolutely crucial. Maysoun expressed her wish ‘that OC establishes its branch here in Libya as soon as possible’, saying that ‘we need such experts.’

So far, the team have found their time in Libya to be very rewarding and are looking forward to the final training.

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