12 faith-based actors from Christian and Muslim faith have received training that seeks to strengthen their capacity and understanding of humanitarian response. The training that was organised by Islamic Relief South Sudan in Juba was facilitated by RedR- UK. The training was also attended by three staff members from IR South Sudan and two from Tearfund.

The training is part of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project that is funded by the Belgian Government for Development Cooperation, Kingdom of Belgium that intends to build and strengthen the capacity of local faith-based humanitarian actors in war torn South Sudan to understand humanitarian context and how it operates.

The project also seeks to raise awareness of humanitarian principles and standards, identify ways of improving coordination with humanitarian organisations and practitioners, and increase understanding of emergency response planning and implementation. During the training, participants were trained on how to develop emergency response plans, how to communicate in a humanitarian context, with more emphasis on understanding grant application, implementation and reporting as many more NGOs find it a challenge.

Participants from various faith-based actors who attended the training were also supported throughout the sessions by instructors and shown on how to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to their everyday activities. The training sessions showcased areas which are relevant to particular stages in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle.

This training has three specific objectives; defining the components and sequence of Humanitarian Programme Cycle; demonstrate how to develop a project intervention and submit in a grant application form; and identifying appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques, tools designing, Monitoring and Evaluation plans.

More significantly the training also highlighted a full cycle of grant management including the drafting, submission, and implementation and reporting on grants.