Monday, 24 January 2011

Roundtable »International Humanitarian Aid« in Slovenia

On January 20th 2011, a roundtable on the International humanitarian aid was organized by the Foundation »TOGETHER« and Platform SLOGA. The roundtable was organized with the financial assistance of the European Commission – European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO).

Four panellists from Slovenia and Slovakia presented their activities, plans and problems they are coping within the framework of International humanitarian aid. Representative of the Slovak NGDO Platform, Mr Jan Mihalik, talked about good cases of cooperation between the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their Platform, and represented the proposed system of humanitarian aid in Slovakia. The representative of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aleš Verdir, represented the goals and the system of Slovenian development cooperation and humanitarian aid. He also highlighted the current and future calls for proposals – for Slovenian humanitarian projects. Mr Klemen Mihelič, representative of Slovenian humanitarian organization H.O.P.E, focused on presenting their activities in Sudan, where they were able to provide cameras and internet for protection of local population and to expand their activities on providing drilling installation. Last but not least panellist Ms Marcela Ondeková, representative of Slovak People in Peril Association, highlighted the meaning of pro-action in the process of raising funds for humanitarian actions, the importance of building capacities and establishing partnerships in the field. She also represented the project of their organization in Haiti.

The round table concluded with the awareness that partnerships, considering minimal international standards and gaining the trust of the people, are the most important elements in providing humanitarian aid.

Information provided by Janja Mikulan, Sloga

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