Needs Assessment Mission

Needs Assessment Mission

Montenegro and Serbia | 4-7 June 2018

The mission dedicated to the Certification Mechanism (SO4) aims to strength partner’s capabilities related to Volunteer management and to facilitate approximation to the standards and procedures required to undergo the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative’s certification process.

Within this objective, the Needs Assessment Mission aims to identify needs and priorities to be addressed in the following capacity building activities.

The Needs Assessment Mission aims to:

  • better understand the local approach to Volunteerism in Civil Protection;
  • get a better knowledge of the legal and institutional framework;
  • identify gaps, needs and priorities for approximation to the standards and procedures for EU Aid Volunteers Certification Mechanism, to be addressed the next activities

During the assessment mission, the team knew main features of the Foundation for the Development of Nothern Montenegro (FORS) and Red Cross of Montenegro, project partner organizations, and can report that it can be identified as a Potential EUAV Hosting Organization.

The assessment focused on organizational reviews of voluntary associations and institutions, their roles within the Civil Protection system, and assessed various issues related to volunteer management, according to standards and procedures for EU Aid Volunteers management. On the basis of information gathered during the assessment mission, FORS and Red Cross of Montenegro can be reported as Potential EUAV Hosting Organization.

Local inspection

The on-site inspection was implanted in the villages of Virpazar (a population of 337) and Vranjina (a population of 209) and thanks the rent of a little boat on the Skadar Lake. It was possible understand the causes and the measures adopted in the first hours of flood thanks interviews released by locals and thanks the numerous photographic materials collected of the flooding days.

The area is constantly exposed to floods, in some cases particularly violent (January 2010), caused by the overflow of the lake due to high rainfall. The phenomenon is therefore recurrent, and the population is almost used to living with it. During the last flooding (March 2018), major damages were recorded by farmers with the loss of livestock and harvest. No damage has been reported to the public infrastructure (such the railway that link the two villages) and people. The population is alerted during the emergency only few hours before the crisis through the most common media tools: radio and local TV. None of the inhabitants interviewed was aware of an evacuation plan adopted at local level, making believe that it is necessary improve the prevention practices and awareness campaigns. The inhabitants have confirmed that the main intervention forces during emergencies are: Directorate for Emergency Management, the police and the Red Cross.