Bioforce, previously called the Bioforce-Development Institute, is a training and career guidance center for humanitarian professions located in Vénissieux, near Lyon in France. Existing since 1983, it is the first French training institution for humanitarian professionals.
As part of a Bioforce project aiming at strengthen local capacities to work for the resilience of populations and crisis response in Central African Republic (CAR), CartONG is supporting Bioforce to provide structural strengthening of the Permanent Secretariat of NGOs (SPONG) in CAR.
This support-advice mission, carried out following an information management assessment that took place in 2019, and initially planned via a field mission (canceled due to the Covid 19 crisis), was carried out completely remotely. Its objective was to provide technical support for the operationalization of the Excel databases of the SPONG as well as to support the SPONG teams in the use of the mapping tool QGIS to establish 3W maps.
CartONG did an evaluation of the mapping and database needs of the permanent secretariat for NGOs (SPONG) of Central African Republic, on behalf of the Bioforce training institute. This project aimed at producing an assessment report which included a needs assessment, analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the current system in place at the SPONG, secondary data mining, technical scenario options, and a capacity building plan. Two maps were also produced to support the SPONG. It should be noted that support for this project will continue in 2020 with planned support for the operationalisation of the SPONG's databases. Read more here.
CartONG intervenes every year in different Bioforce Institute trainings (in particular project managers, WASH coordinators and Logisticians) in Lyon to heighten awareness on the uses a good mobile data collection and mapping can bring. These trainings are 1 to 2 days long.
CartONG also gives trainings for Bioforce partners in the field, such as in 2017 for the Diakonie NGO in Chad- The training was composed of 3 days on project cycle management, with a strong emphasis on M&E (given by a Bioforce consultant) and of 2 days on MDC given by a CartONG staff. Find out more here.
In 2018, we also organized our first 5-day Mobile Data Collection training at the Bioforce Institute in Dakar (Senegal). At this occasion, staff from 6 countries - Niger, Central African Republic, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon & Guinea Conakry - and 5 humanitarian & development organizations were trained.