Following the interest in the SOHP study we carried out in 2019/2020 – and the important conclusions and recommendations for professionalisation in the humanitarian sector, and depending on resources, we, here at Bioforce, would like to pursue SOHP initiative by launching its phase II including:

  • Creation of an SOHP interactif website providing data and sharing initiatives on professionnalisation of humanitarians (SOHP report etc)
  • Development and implementation of a “professionalisation” dashboard based on indicators on professionnalisation
  • Monitoring and sharing of work carried out on the 19 SOHP recommendations.
  • Webinars/events on the theme of professionnalisation
  • Advocacy activities on the question of professionnalisation (participation in conferences/articles …)
  • Publication of a 2nd edition of the SOHP report in 2024

We are at present looking for support in order to be able to dedicate appropriate resources to carry out these activities.

In the meantime, we will be publishing a monthly SOHP Newsletter focussing each time on a relevant professionalisation initiative or an experience of how the results of the SOHP study are being taken into consideration by various organisations.

Rory Downham, director of Learning & Development, Bioforce

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