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ECB SIMULATION PROJECT. David Hockaday, Global Field Project Manager January 26 th , 2011. ECB Simulation Project. Why is ECB interested in Simulations? A long term capacity building project, to build national capacity during ‘peace time’

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Ecb simulation project


David Hockaday, Global Field Project Manager

January 26th, 2011

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Why is ECB interested in Simulations?

  • A long term capacity building project, to build national capacity during ‘peace time’

  • Simulations are an excellent tool for providing ‘safe space’ adult learning opportunities

  • ECB Tool developed in Phase 1 (single agency / multi agency toolkit)

  • Commitment in the ECB Project Proposal for each consortium to use the ECB Simulation tool developed in Phase 1 (in the absence of any real emergencies in that year)

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Four key objectives of the ECB simulation;

  • Test participants ability to coordinate and collaborate

  • Assess improvements in performance

  • Opportunity for agencies to test their own Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • Provide a baseline for the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) Staff Capacity Building Project

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ECB Simulation Project

  • How does the tool work?

  • Desk based, usually in a multi room venue

  • Hazard scenario’s developed from a pre-training assessment carried out (Flood, Cyclone, Earthquake, Drought)

  • Requires role play from facilitation team / others

  • One day for the simulation itself and ideally one day for the debrief / action plan

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Events held so far

  • Bangladesh (March 2010)

  • Kenya (April 2010) also included a Training of Trainers

  • Bolivia (April 2010)

  • Uganda (November 2010)

  • Indonesia (November 2010) POSTPONED

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Who comes to these events?

  • Senior managers, country directors and project managers of;

  • ECB / CBHA agencies

  • Local Partners


  • National Red Cross

  • - Government Departments (office of the prime minister)

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Successes in application of the tool

  • 56 out of 67 (83%) participants in Bolivia, Uganda and Kenya ranked the simulation exercise as very satisfactory / satisfactory

  • In Bangladesh 11 out of 11 participants said that they would recommend the tool and that they would use the simulation tool again in their own agencies.

  • In Uganda 24 out of 25 respondents (96%) reported that the simulation had equipped them with necessary skills for a real time emergency

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Key Outcomes of the simulations

  • Simulations most useful for preparedness planning and team building, developing a capacity to coordinate and exchange information but most importantly to learn from mistakes and build relationships

  • Bangladesh simulation highlighted need for sectoral and geographical coordination

  • Uganda simulation participants reflected on a lack of knowledge (or application) of key sector tools such as Sphere and a need for coordinated approaches to emergency assessments.

  • In Bolivia participants felt the need for closer / better coordination with UN partners, particularly UNOCHA

  • Testing / developing tools i.e. Bangladesh / Indonesia (DERP) and Niger contingency plan

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Events planned

  • Niger (February 2011)

  • Bangladesh ECB Simulation (May 2011) and CBHA simulation (Nov 2011)

  • Bolivia CBHA Simulation (Nov 2011 – Feb 2012)

  • Indonesia CBHA Simulation (Nov 2011 – Feb 2012)

  • Horn of Africa CBHA Simulation (Nov 2011 – Feb 2012)

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Tools Available (

  • ECB Emergency Simulation; Administrators Guide

  • ECB Emergency Simulations; Training of Trainers Participants Workbook

  • ECB Simulation #1 – Single Agency tool

  • ECB Simulation #2 – Multi Agency tool (English and Spanish, French in plan)

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Who has used these tools, and where are they used? *

  • 65 downloads of the simulation documents from ECB Web Site

  • Used across 14 primary countries.

  • The Administrators manual nearly half of the down loads (47%) with the multi agency toolkit and single agency toolkit accounting for 28% and 17% of downloads respectively.

  • The end users are predominantly INGO staff from organisations such as Oxfam, World Vision and the Red Cross while UN institutions such as WFP are also represented as is a senior staff member from the US Military Corps!

  • * Data collected between May 2010 and September 2010

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ECB Simulation Project

  • Summary

  • “….The joint participation of agencies and partners signified a very positive experience and facilitated collaboration and open spaces, which without a doubt will continue after the simulation…”

  • Bolivia Simulation Facilitation Team, April 2010

  • An incredibly valuable tool to build trust and relationships in a safe space

  • Useful opportunity to develop preparedness planning both as a group and as a single agency

  • Excellent opportunity to test tools or approaches in a safe space

  • Ideal to build confidence of staff who will be involved in future / large scale humanitarian response.

  • Desire in ECB Consortia (Bolivia) to reach out further in 2011 to UN, government and other stakeholders

Thank you

  • David Hockaday, ECB Global Field Project Manager

  • T. + 44 (0)1865 473805

  • M. +44 (0)7790162666

  • [email protected]

  • Skype: dave_hockaday