With three flagship projects and nine bespoke training sessions in 2015, Bioforce has contributed towards building a sustainable, recognised local capacity to respond to humanitarian crises, in a context marked by the sudden rise of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

2018 in Figures

  • 1083 PEOPLE trained in our regional centres in Lyon and Dakar

  • 1029 PEOPLE trained on our missions

  • 160 ORGANISATIONS supported

Placing civil society in Tripoli back at the centre of redesigned local aid

TOTAL BUDGET  930.000 €
DURATION 36 months
- 30 local civil society organisations operating on Tripoli’s territory
- The Municipality of Tripoli (city council and technical services managers)
Agence Française de Développement
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region 

North Leda
Groupe URD

Tripoli, like the rest of Lebanon, suffers from chronic instability as a result of multiple crises in the country and the region. But civil war, political stalemates or regional conflicts have not destroyed the population’s resilience and adaptability. Despite their difficulties, the population of Tripoli has shared their resources with more than 200,000 Syrian refugees (out of a population of 850,000). International players have also stepped up their response. But external action, without an actual local presence, is less effective and unfortunately often too late. This is why we are investing in strengthening local capacity to prevent and manage crises.

Since July 2018, we have been working alongside associations and the Municipality of Tripoli. After a series of assessments in the field, we opted for three-pronged support:

+ using an innovative organisational self-assessment and action planning tool developed by Bioforce and Oxfam in 2017, called “Taking the Lead”, to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Tripoli, all of them working in different aid areas (economic development, water management, education, child protection, women's rights, disability, cultural activities, etc.), 

+ supporting the Municipality of Tripoli in its remit to manage crises on its territory, 

+ setting up a sustainable joint crisis management system that promotes the complementary nature of all these local players, including the private sector. 

Thanks to backing from Agence Française de Développement and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, we will be supporting them for a period of three years to strengthen their capacity to manage a collective, coordinated and appropriate humanitarian response. The goal is for more vulnerable families to have access to sustainable and meaningful support.

Central African Republic:
Work on community resilience and crisis response

Political and security unrest in 2013 led to a serious humanitarian crisis in CAR, the repercussions of which are still severe today. According to the United Nations, 63% of the total population is still in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. There are many local and national associations covering a wide range of areas. As drivers of development, they mobilise people on issues that affect their lives and have direct access to vulnerable population groups to provide them with humanitarian assistance.

Our project appraisal visits have highlighted the need to strengthen civil society so it may better identify and respond to the population’s needs. This, in a nutshell, is what underlies Bioforce's commitment to CAR, working with its partners, Oxfam, the Central African Agency for Vocational Training and Employment (ACFPE) and the University of Bangui through its Laboratory for rural economy and food security (LERSA) and with support from the European Union Trust Fund for the Central African Republic, the “Bêkou Fund”. It is meant to promote the empowerment and professionalism of Central African aid organisations over a three-year period, through capacity building (120 at the end of the project) and to help create an institutional environment that can supervise and support them.

In 2018, this was achieved by establishing and consolidating a pool of 21 qualified local trainers in the partner organisations who set up a training session for trainers. Assoula, a professor-researcher at Bangui University says, “This training has given me much more knowledge of practices, methods and also what can be used to convey a message. It allowed me to deconstruct what, for me, was previously an idea for some training and to have a new and much more practical perspective in order to start afresh.”
Thirteen other national trainers were then trained in coaching techniques. They will in turn support the implementation of the action plans drawn up by the civil society organisations (CSOs) taking part in our training programmes.

In December, it was the beneficiary CSOs themselves who started their first management training course, which concluded with a day dedicated to developing an individual action plan, which will later be implemented and monitored by a coach for three months. The aim is to strengthen the organisation by providing individual support. This first component will be achieved by setting up a Service Centre and supporting the Permanent Secretariat of NGOs in the Ministry of Planning (SPONG) in discharging its mandate and in its relationship with the organisations.

In crisis areas: training NGO national staff and partners

Key Information

In 2018, we continued our work in the Lake Chad basin and strengthened our presence in Burkina Faso where the security and humanitarian situation had deteriorated. In each of these countries, we offered short training sessions in project coordination and in logistics and security for local employees in national and international organisations working on these major crises. This would not have been possible without vital support from our partners, the Muraz Centre in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso), Oxfam Niger and Action contre la Faim in Chad, who all hosted and ensured the training was delivered successfully.

194 people trained in 2018, among which 104 people from Chad, 43 from Burkina Faso, 47 from Niger.
69% work for an international organisation or a United Nations agency
27% work for national and local organisations or institutions

102 organisations supported
54% were international
organisations or United Nations agencies through 9 continual professional development sessions in project coordination and logistics/security

In disaster areas, the reality of an emergency situation always seems far removed from training. However, we believe that training is needed more than ever to improve the qualitative and quantitative response through continuous training schemes designed and created for these specific scenarios and with support from our operational partners on the ground. All organisations face the same challenges in developing their employees’ skills. Bioforce offers a shared solution both for organisations and individuals.


Ebola: training the future prevention and response teams

Key Information

TOTAL BUDGET 637,184 € (5,836,475€ total project)
THE PROJECT March 2015-March  2017
DURATION 24 months
FUNDING BODIES Expertise France (funding from the European Commission and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
OPERATIONAL PARTNERS The National Coordination for the Fight against Ebola, the Guinean Ministry of Health, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Guinean Red Cross, the French Civil Security, the French inter-ministerial Ebola task force, the French Embassy in Guinea, the Guinean Home Office. 

​​​​​​​In Guinea, 2014 saw successive outbreaks of measles, meningitis and the Ebola virus. For the latter, it took four months, from December 2013 to March 2014, for the Ebola virus to be confirmed by laboratory testing. The delay in diagnosing and confirming this epidemic highlighted the weakness in the epidemiological monitoring system in Guinea which prevented the implementation of an appropriate response.


Strong foundations to provide a better response

Key Information​​​​​​​

37 beneficiaries. In 2015, 37 national humanitarian professionals were trained.

TOTAL BUDGET 510.000 €

THE PROJECT started in February 2015 and ended in October 2017.

DURATION 36 months


FUNDING BODIES Oxfam (funding from the Department for International Development’s Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme), within the Start Network and the Talent Development project.

OPERATIONAL PARTNERS MDF Afrique Centrale (logistics support and co-delivering sessions) in Goma, Pallottin Training Centre (CPF) Genezareth (managing the arrival of participants and providing training rooms).

​​​​​​​Context is a global project to develop the skills of humanitarian professionals, run by Oxfam, within the Start Network.

Developed by 15 humanitarian organisations under the aegis of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) and based on the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework, Context provides a solid basis for staff development for improved humanitarian response.


Developing staff skills in healthcare logistics

Key Information

65 BENEFICIARIES. In 2015, 65 beneficiaries from Burkina Faso civil service (agents in charge of health logistics, agents in charge of supply chain management, and students in Health Logistics at the National School of Public Health)

TOTAL BUDGET 844.125 €

THE PROJECT started in February 2013 and ended in May 2016

DURATION 39 months


FUNDING BODIES Expertise France/Initiative 5%, RHSC, UNFPA

OPERATIONAL PARTNERS Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso, National School of Public Health of Burkina Faso

Photo : Echo

This project has been implemented by the Bioforce Institute in association with the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso since February 2013.

It aims to contribute towards capacity building, developing and maintaining the capacities of healthcare professionals at a local level in the management and provision of medical products and equipment.