This report is the product of the Lessons Learned workshop with the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Red Cross Society, as part of the November 2017 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) operations. The workshop was facilitated by the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM).
The methodology for the workshop is based on the IFRC Framework for Evaluation. Additionally, tools such as a lessons learned matrix and reporting templatesthat were developed by the Reference Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD) were used to capture and collate the feedback from the National Society and workshop participants.
The overall objectives of this and similar lessons learned workshops is to review the operational mechanisms and disaster response capacity of the National Society and should be facilitated by someone external to the operations. Additionally, the aim is to find and offer ideas that may be useful to continue the strengthening of the National Society based on specific feedback and recommendations presented.
The participation of key decision-makers and technical focal points is essential because of their varied contribution to the governance, management and/or their thematic areas of expertise which guide how a National Society is organised and the nature of their response capacity.
Whilst the DREF included earmarked funding to facilitate diverse representation at the lessons learned workshop, inputs to the discussions were limited as key representatives from the National Society (Volunteer management, communication, DM, Logistics/Relief distribution) were, regrettably, absent.