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The Romanian Agency for International Development Cooperation - RoAid, in partnership with the Romanian Department for Emergency Situations (DSU),  organizes between 14 and 19 October 2019, the Training Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management for the African states.

11 participants from various African countries - Benin, Burundi, Comoro Islands, Gabon, Lesotho, Tanzania, Seychelles, Uganda are enrolled in the program. Three of them are representing the African Union.

The participants had the opportunity to meet Dr. Raed Arafat, Secretary of State and Head of DSU and carried out working vists to the Search and Rescue Team - RO-USAR in Ciolpani, the General Inspectorate of Aviation (IGAV), the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations Bucharest-Ilfov (ISUBIF) and the Integrated Dispatch.

The following training days the participants will take part in two events organized by DSU in partnership with the European Commission, under the European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC).

The training programme covers a wide range of relevant topics from coordination of complex disaster situations and elaboration of advanced plans on disaster management, to continuity of operations and continuity of government in case of disasters.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to capacity building in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency Management in countries across Africa.

The number of disasters reported in Africa has increased significantly over the last four decades. The disaster profile of the African continent is characterized by extreme hydro-meteorological events, which are expected to increase in frequency and magnitude due to climate change.

Natural disasters can affect the countries’ entire economic, human, and physical environment, as well as their long-term development agenda, according to a World Bank report. In this context, Disaster risk reduction (DRR) represents an important pillar for sustainable development.


Between 5-11 October, a mixed team RoAid-DSU travelled to Barbados for a mission aimed to evaluate the local capacity of disaster response.

This transfer of expertise is part of the project "Training Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management", one of RoAid’s flagship projects, implemented in partnership with the Romanian Department for Emergency Situations. Our local partner and beneficiary of the project is the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The RoAid and DSU experts had the opportunity to engage with representatives of CDEMA and with key experts from local institutions, such as the Department of Emergency Management in Barbados, the Regional Security System and the Barbados Fire Academy.

 The mission enabled the RoAid & DSU experts to better understand the existing local capacities in emergency management, as well as CDEMA’s coordinating role at the regional level. Our fruitful discussions laid the groundwork for future technical cooperation between Romania and the Caribbean island states, based on a partnership between RoAid, DSU and CDEMA.

On the 12th September 2018, Catalin Harnagea, RoAid General Director, had a meeting with Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Vienna.

The main purpose of the meeting was to explore the possibility of cooperation between the two international development agencies in what concerns the process of engaging the private sector in the implementation of official development assistance.

The meeting was attended also by Heinz Habertheuer, Director of the Programmes and Projects International Department at ADA, Ilie Banica, Plenipotentiary Minister at the Romanian Embassy in Austria and Raluca Nita, Project Manager at RoAid.

The discussion underpinned various possibilities for RoAid and ADA to collaborate, such as organising a visit of Dr. Gunter Schall, Head of Unit Private Sector & Development, to RoAid in order to share his expertise in his field and offering an internship to RoAid staff at ADA headquarters.

Also, RoAid General Director expressed his interest with respect to a possible involvement of the Romanian private sector in projects implemented by ADA in the Republic of Moldova.

On the 11th of September 2019, at the Headquarters of UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, #RoAid General Director Catalin Constantin Harnagea met with Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore avenues of potential collaboration between UNIDO and RoAid as part of the UNIDO Country Programme for Moldova 2019-2023, as well as to discuss overall cooperation modalities and opportunities.

Among the participants to the meeting were also:
- H.E Cristian Istrate, Head of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the International Organizations in Vienna;
- H.E. Victor Osipov, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN and International Organizations in Vienna;
- Ciyong Zou, Director of the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration, UNIDO;
- Raluca Nita, Project Manager at RoAid;
- Andre Arama, Consellor at the Permanent Mission of Romania to the International Organizations in Vienna.

„In addition to an overall cooperation framework, the meeting should explore concrete partnership opportunities within the projects proposed under UNIDO`s Country Programme in the Republic of Moldova”, said UNIDO Director General Li Yong.

Launched in May 2019, the UNIDO Country Programme in the Republic of Moldova aims to strengthen efforts towards sustainable and inclusive growth through dedicated activities across several thematic areas including enhanced industrial competitiveness; market access; innovation and investment promotion; productive employment for rural communities and entrepreneurship development and sustainable energy and environmental management.
„Romania is a committed strategic development partner to the Republic of Moldova and the broader region”, said RoAid Director General Catalin Harnagea.

On the 11th and 12th of July, Cezar Catalin Marin, RoAid Deputy General Director and Oana Gârbea, Project Manager participated in the UN high-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, that took place in New York. Our participation in the working sessions was a good opportunity to discuss important matters on the theme of the Forum: "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ".

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.

On this occasion, the set of goals reviewed in depth were the following:

  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

More information about the Forum:

At the invitation of the State Secretary General Maria Magdalena Grigore, the Deputy Director General of RoAid, Cezar Catalin Marin, participated in the plenary session on ”The Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus" in the course of the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy.

During the session, the Deputy Director General of RoAid raised the issue of resolving existing tensions between international humanitarian legislation and the counter-terrorism actions.

On the occasion of the annual meeting, a MoU was signed between the Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in order to consolidate Romania's projects for development assistance, humanitarian assistance, peace and security. The MoU was signed by the State Secretary Maria Magdalena Grigore and the Director of the UNDP Regional Office  for Europe and the Community of Independent States, Mirjana Spoljaric.

The Annual Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy (RADR) under the theme ”Romanian Diplomacy: indicators and new perspectives” is taking place in Bucharest between 26 and 29 August. The meeting focuses on issues related to the future of the EU and its global role, transatlantic relations, relations with the Eastern neighbourhood, European Affairs, political and economic relations of Romania with the countries of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, humanitarian assistance and development, peace and security at the global level.

Today, 31 July 2019, a partnership agreement was signed between the Agency for International Development Cooperation (RoAid) and the National University of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), with a view to promoting development education and supporting the involvement of  the academic community in international development cooperation projects.

The General Director of RoAid, Cătălin Harnagea, and vice-rector of SNSPA, Victor Negrescu, were particularly pleased by the perspectives of the collaboration between the two institutions.These perspectives concern especially internships and traineeships that SNSPA students could attend within RoAid, as well as the possibility of organising an Academic Forum to facilitate exchanges between the academic community (students and teachers), experts in the field of international development cooperation and representatives of the private sector interested in investing in developing countries.

The Partnership Agreement between the two institutions also aims to achieve the strategic objective of promoting development education and supporting the actions needed raise awareness in Romania and other states, about the challanges of international development, the interdependence between countries, as well as the activities needed for addressing them.

The National University of Political and Administrative Studies hosts the only Master Programme in Romania that is member of the EADI - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. The Master Program ”Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid” (DICHA) has a duration of 2 years and is conducted in English, being aimed at training specialists in the field.

A team of specialists in emergency medicine from Montenegro were invited to Romania to share their experience with the local counterparts from the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) within the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This mission is carried out between 22 and 26 July, with the support of RoAid through the Mobility Fund for Experts.

The Montenegrin delegation will visit medical facilities in Bucharest and Târgu Mureş, including the Integrated Dispatch Center, the "Floreasca" Emergency Hospital and the Children's Hospital  "Grigore Alexandrescu" in Bucharest, the Virtual Training and Simulation Center and the Hospital Emergency Service in Târgu-Mureş. The visit will end with a meeting at the Directorate-General for Emergency Management in the DSU.

The Secretary of State and Head of the DSU, Dr. Raed Arafat, spoke to the guest delegation about the emergency system in Romania, the organisation of the Department for Emergency Situations and the General Inspectorate for Emergencies, the projects implemented with European funds, the procurement of equipment and the systems for rescuers.

At the same time, the discussions also focused on the importance of new technologies in this sector, such as the RO-ALERT system, a real help to the citizens, and the DSU app, extremely popular in Romania, with over 700 000 users.

From 22nd to 26th of July 2019 a transfer of expertise mission between the National Civil Protection Office from Tunisia and the Department for Emergency Situations under the Ministry of Internal Affairs took place with the support of the RoAid Mobility Fund for Experts.

On the first day of the visit, the delegation led by Colonel-General Moez Dachraoui was received by Dr. Raed Arafat, Secretary of State and Head of DSU. During their visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, in order to strengthen the Romanian-Tunisian cooperation in the field of civil protection.

The State Secretary, head of DSU, Dr. Raed Arafat presented the Romanian System for Emergency  Situations, the activities of both the Department of Emergency Situations and of the General Inspectorate of Emergency Situations, the projects implemented through European funds, the purchase of technical devices and equipments for the rescuers.

It has been also mentioned the importance of the implementaion of the RO-ALERT system, that represented a considerable help brought to the technique of spreading the warning messages Cell-Broadcast in Romania, especially nowadays considering that the extreme meteorological events are striking incresingly often.  The State Secretary, Mr. Raed Arafat also spoke about the DSU app, which is extremely popular in Romania and is curently being used by over 700000 users, which permanently provides meteo alerts issued by A.N.M, the newest and most relevant topics of general interest, road restrictions,etc.

The mission involved on-site visits at national level to see and interact with the Romanian Emergency System (civil protection, emergency medical assistance, integrated dispatching).

The agenda of the four working days also included visits to the Emergency Situations Department in Bucharest, the Integrated Dispatch Center, the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, the General Aviation Inspectorate, the Mures County Emergency Situation Inspectorate and other important operational points.

The transfer of expertise mission was financed through the  RoAid Mobility Fund for Experts and implemented with the valuable support of the Embassy of Romania to Tunis.

Today, the 4th of June, was signed the Agreement of "Implementation of the NATO package for Georgia" project (2th edition). The project is conducted by RoAid in partnership with the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Border Police and the Georgian Border Police as beneficiary.

The agreement was signed by Catalin Harnagea, RoAid’s General Director, Cristian Cicu, Director of the Romanian Coast Guard, Ionel Pavel, Head of the Maritime Surveillance and Monitoring Division from the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Border Police and by Teimuraz Kekelidze, Head of the Border Police of Georgia.

During the visit Georgia, the Romanian delegation was assisted by H.E. Liviu Horumba, Romanian Ambassador to Tbilisi.

The project aims to improve the performance of the specialised agencies of Georgia in the surveillance of maritime borders and it is circumscribed to the sustainable development goal of ensuring peace, justice and efficient operation of certain institutions in developing countries.

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