Training and Capacity Building Programme


Training and Capacity Building is one of the key thematic areas of Sphere India. It aims at capacity enhancement of Sphere India members, their partner organizations, Inter Agency Groups (IAG), grassroots organizations, volunteers and govt. counterparts working in the field of Disaster response and risk reduction, Humanitarian Values & Principles, Sphere Process and related areas through various training and capacity building programmes.

Sphere India TCBP Rationale:
Sphere India have been promoting the IAG initiatives at the state level in India and organized a series of consultative meetings as part of IAG coordination projects to implement Unified Response Strategy. In these meetings, some common needs emerged across all the states to reduce the response activation time and build capacities of grassroots organizations and community workers in project management skills. Poor logistics and supply chains adversely affect response programs and hence the need to also build the capacity of the managing them.

Training Needs identified:
The following immediate needs emerged from the IAG coordination meetings and consultations.
  • To reduce response activation time in disasters by developing a cadre of trained people at state level who can support quick need assessment during emergencies.
  • To build Knowledge and skills for effectively planning, implementing and monitoring projects by partner organizations.
  • To develop logistics support plans and pre-positioning plans for effective management of supply chains and distribution.

1.1 Sphere India TCBP in practice:
  • Sphere India TCBP Phase 1: (2004 – 2007)
  • Sphere India TCBP Phase 2: (2007 – 2009)
  • Sphere India TCBP Phase 3: (2009 – )

1.2 Sphere India TCBP Training Portfolio

1.3 Trainers Database

1.4 Sphere TCBP Calendar

1.5 Sphere India TCBP subcommittee:
The TCBP sub-committee comprises of Plan India, CRS, UNDP, UNFPA, IIPA, NIDM, IFRC, VASUDEVA. 1.6 Meeting Minutes

1.7 Modules and Documents

1.8 Visioning and Strategy - SI TCBP 2011-2015

Sphere India revisited TCBP in 2010 through an exercise for Sphere India organisation evolution and initiated the long term strategic planning for 2011-2015. The core components of SI-TCBP Visioning and strategy for 2015 include:



Strategic Objectives

SO1: To develop/strengthen inter-agency collaborative processes for multi stakeholder coordination during, after and before emergencies (as per agreed principles) at the national, state and district levels across the country.
Core components and activities:
Strengthening URS as a mutli stakeholder National platform for emergency coordination. Provide leadership and support for similar platforms at state and district levels. Developing infrastructure of a common facility for Emergency Operations Coordination Center. SO2: To conduct an annual multi stakeholder lessons learnt exercise and developing a common plan of action for emergency preparedness and Unfied Response action for the year.
Core components and activities:
Annual evaluation (internal and external) of the program
Lesson learnt workshop
Annual planning exercise along with IAGs and other stakeholders to develop Annual Plan of Action

SO3: To insititutionalise URS process for EW activation, sitreps, common assessments (rapid and detailed), common response planning and implementation, multi - sectoral coordination, common monitoring, common learning, deactivation and enabling coordination for early recovery. Core components and activities
Developing consensus on URS protocols, SOPs etc.
understanding of roles and responsibilities of different actors (Sphere India, IAGs, subcommittees, relationships with NDMA, SDMA, DDMA etc.
Establishing multi sectoral coordination committees at all levels.
SO4: To develop a database of agencies and stakeholders at all levels, map their capacities, prepositioning, gap analysis etc. Core components and activities
Mapping of agencies, Developing NGO Database, Prepositioning matrix, Gap Analysis etc.
SO5: To initiate the processes for early recovery coordination

Core components and activities:
Developing processes, protocols and SOPs for early recovery coordination