Reaching out to the Arabic-speaking world

16 October 2013 | Sphere Project

Sphere Project Arabic-language websiteThe Sphere Project has published the Arabic-language version of its website at SphereProject.org/ar. A work-in-progress, the new language version of the website is already online and new content will be added on an ongoing basis.

The new site is part of an effort to reach out to the Arabic-speaking world. This effort includes the translation of materials and resources, including the new Sphere Handbook in Action e-learning course and the recently released Humanitarian standards in context film into Arabic.

In this context, two training of trainers workshops and the first-of-its-kind Arabic-speaking trainers summit took place this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Currently, a project to assess learning needs is being carried out with a view to better defining future interventions in this area.

Arab countries play a significant role in humanitarian aid. One the one hand, some rich oil-exporting countries are important humanitarian donors. On the other hand, countries like Jordan, the Palestinian Territories or Syria, among others, are net aid recipients.

Making Sphere principles and standards as well as related supporting materials and training opportunities available in Arabic seeks to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian aid in the Arabic-speaking world.

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