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Joint RedR capacity building in the Philippines

Every year the Philippines is lashed by tropical storms and typhoons. Preparedness training is vital in building community resilience to withstand these disasters. In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, RedR Australia has teamed up with RedR UK and RedR India on a project aimed at boosting the capacity of local first responders.

Following a training needs assessment conducted by RedR UK and India staff after the super typhoon made landfall, one of our experts was deployed to Estancia to deliver shelter and disaster risk reduction (DRR) training to Save the Children staff and partners operating in the area. Two more associate trainers have since been deployed to work alongside our UK and India counterparts and Filipino partners. The RedR team is analysing gaps and strengths in local response capacity to determine the need for additional training.

RedR trainers are present in Cebu, Panay, Leyte and Samar islands and are collaborating closely with aid organisations and communities, delivering courses in 'The Humanitarian System', 'Accountability and Standards', 'Disaster Risk Reduction in Shelter and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)', and 'Engagement With Communities'.

RedR Australia has been active in the Philippines since 2011. In partnership with the Philippines Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health, and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, we have provided instruction in urban search and rescue, international humanitarian standards, and WASH to emergency reponse teams across the country. This comes as part of a continued effort by the Philippines and Australian governments to bolster preparedness and resilience in the region and boost local ability to effectively manage the devastation caused by tropical storms and typhoons.

Currently, 14 RedR Australia Standby Register specialists are responding to urgent humanitarian needs in the country.

More on RedR Australia's involvement in the Philippines.

Top left: RedR Australia Associate Trainer Regan Potangaroa demonstrating DRR shelter building techniques, February 2014.
Top right: Urban search and rescue structural collapse rescue training, 2013.
Filipino participants together with RedR Australia associate trainers (front from left) Tim Hayden and Emily Reid, and RedR India's Sriraman Varadarajan, upon completion of a three-day Essentials of Humanitarian Practice course this month.

From the office

Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

The professionalisation push in the aid sector has been driven by and focused on individual and organisational responsibilities to beneficiaries, associates, colleagues and donors. Significant effort is being applied sector-wide towards the development of core competencies for aid work and pathways that lead to it. RedR Australia is represented nationally and internationally on working groups leading the way in professionalisation of the sector (such as ACFID), and is involved in the development of a set of global competencies for humanitarians.

As part of the organisation's ongoing efforts in this area it has become a Registered Training Organisation. 

Core competencies enable a standardised approach to assessing the skills and experience of aid workers and the transferrability of these to the do
mestic work place.


Wear Red for RedR Day

Thirty-one organisations around the country showed their true colour(s) and wore red on Feburary 7 for Wear Red for RedR Day. The event is an annual fund and awareness raiser for RedR organisations across the globe and a chance for corporate partners and supporters to show their support for our work.
A big thanks to all participating organisations, including:
Arup (multiple branches)
Consult Australia
Coral Classon and friends
Curtin University
Engineers Australia (multiple branches)
Engineers Education Australia
Engineeers Without Borders Australia

GHD (multiple branches)


Greencap Limited
IPWEA Sydney
Mahlab Media
Parsons Brinckerhoff Newcastle and Brisbane
Skillset Bathurst
SKM Sydney
Team Swinburne, Swinburne University
University of Melbourne Dookie Campus

Media and other events

Power pair
RedR Australia husband and wife deployee team Tai (WASH) and Ivy (coordination) were recently on air with ABC Radio National, talking about their recent work in the Philippines. Listen here.

Boxing Day: nine years on
Board Member Joanna O'Brien spoke with ABC Perth on her RedR Australia deployment to Aceh, and the reconstruction work she did with UNHCR following the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. Listen here.

Conference for Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY)
RedR Australia CEO Kirsten Sayers was a guest speaker at this bilateral event designed to give young leaders from Australia and Indonesia the opportunity to work together to build stronger relationships between our countries. Kirsten spoke on RedR Australia's disaster preparedness and response activities in the region.

From the field

Engineer Albert Spiteri recently returned from an assignment with the International Organization for Migration in the Philippines, rolling out various shelter disaster risk reduction initiativies in Guiuan, Mercedes and Salcedo municipalities. Part of Albert's assignment involved the salvaging of coconut lumber for use in shelter construction, which included the employment of a local chainsaw gang. Read about Albert's assignment here.

Current field activity
24 in the field specialising in:

  • humanitarian protection
  • humanitarian affairs
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • electrical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • information management
  • nutrition
  • logistics
  • administration
  • humanitarian coordination
  • civil military coordination

in 10 countries:

Central African Republic
Jordan (for Syria)
Lebanon (for Syria)
South Sudan
Switzerland (HQ)

Upcoming training courses

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
27 March - 1 April
12 - 17 June
11 - 16 September

Personal Security & Communications
3 - 6 April
19 - 22 June
21 - 24 August

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We have been helping communities impacted by humanitarian crises for over 20 years.
Thanks to your support, we’ve prepared, deployed and supported hundreds of skilled people to work in the world’s toughest places.
By making a regular or one-off donation to RedR Australia, your generosity helps to build our capacity, flexibility and independence to support international emergency relief efforts.

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