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Formazione in Logistica umanitaria

May 22nd, 2020 Posted by Emergency, Training 0 comments on “Formazione in Logistica umanitaria”

 Professione logista della cooperazione internazionale

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Questa formazione è rivolta a tutte quelle persone che vogliono comprendere e avvicinarsi all’ambito della Cooperazione Internazionale e lavorare come logisti per Organizzazioni Non Governative (ONG) in Paesi in Via di Sviluppo (PVS) in situazioni di emergenza o di crisi prolungata.

Durante la formazione si cercherà di fornire un quadro generale del lavoro che un logista di una ONG svolge nel quotidiano e di approfondire gli aspetti principali di questo lavoro: la gestione degli acquisti, dei trasporti, delle scorte, delle distribuzioni e delle attrezzature. Il ricorso frequente a esempi pratici permetterà di immedesimarsi nelle situazioni e di meglio comprendere gli argomenti trattati

Alla fine del corso avrete una conoscenza generale di come funziona il dipartimento logistico di una ONG e di come svolgere le principali mansioni legate al ruolo. Quanto appreso sarà supportato dal certificato che confermerà le vostre nuove competenze e vi permetterà di rinforzare il vostro curriculum vitae per candidarvi a una posizione sul campo con una Organizzazione Non Governativa.

La formazione e’ composta da 3 moduli:

Modulo 1: Supply chain : catena dell’approvvigionamento

Modulo 2: Gestione delle attrezzature, veicoli e devices ICT

Modulo 3: Gestione della sicurezza

Materiali e attività

  1. Un ebook – Manuale di formazione in logistica umanitaria – (formato PDF, 102 pagine, edizioni Lulu); 
  2. Una dispensa ‘’focus’’ sulla gestione della catena del freddo (in PDF)
  3. Webinar 16 Giugno ore 17.30 – 1,5 ore di webinar (revisione delle nozioni di supply chain studiate nel Manuale)
  4. Webinar 23 Giugno ore 17.30 – 1,5 ore di webinar (revisione delle nozioni di gestione delle attrezzature, veicoli e ITC con focus sull’importanza dell’informatica).
  5. Un ebook  – Guida sulla sicurezza per Cooperanti internazionali (formato PDF, 49 pagine, edizioni Lulu).
  6. Tutoring su richiesta
  7. Certificato di fine corso rilasciato da Gnucoop

Docente: Bruno Clerici

Costo 80 Euro + IVA

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Per informazioni:, field-ready and secure payment network

September 20th, 2018 Posted by Blockchain, Emergency, ICT4D, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “, field-ready and secure payment network”

At the beginning of 2018, Gnucoop and started a collaboration for providing a cash and voucher platform to NGOs and Humanitarian Agencies. is a secure digital payment platform capable of turning humanitarian voucher fairs into a fraud free, rapid and effective experience to NGOs, merchants and humanitarian assistance right holders (beneficiaries). handles Humanitarian Voucher Fairs through crypto-currencies, using  safe and efficient payment methods. Our network extends to remote and offline areas to deploy the system with solar power and paper QR codes, allowing for  reinforced security measures.

Cash based assistance in particular humanitarian voucher fairs have made humanitarian assistance faster and more efficient.



May 29th, 2018 Posted by Blockchain, Data Collection, DRR, Emergency, GIS, ICT4D, MHealth, software development, Training 0 comments on “‘MEDIA and ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT’”

On the 14th of May 2018 and in collaboration with ONG2.0, Gnucoop took part, as lecturer, to one of the session of the ‘Media  and ICT for development’ workshop at the University of Turin.

The workshop is one of the activity included in the University Course in Public and Political Communication (Corso di laurea magistrale in Comunicazione pubblica e politica), that helps students to get familiar and acquire knowledge and skills about the use of communication  and ICT tools in the development sector.

The workshop included 6 sessions and  Gnucoop was invited to participate as a lecturer to one of the lessons, focusing on the use of ICT for development.

Gnucoop discussed about the use of ICT in the development sector and particularly on how free software and technology can be useful tools to improve the impact of developing projects in international cooperation. Also, Gnucoop provided an overview and examples of ICT4D applications, such as mobile data collection tools, web GIS applications and blockchain solutions.

All the mentioned tools have the double role of gathering/disseminating information as well as helping responders to take actions.

Furthermore key challenges and best practices in ICT4D have been presented and discussed such as:

  1. Sustainability: ensuring project longevity →  crucial involvement of government or local ownership;
  2. Scalability: from pilot to large scale project: → ability to propose a solution that can impact large population
  3. Evaluation: impact analysis → keep monitoring the application year after year

The class involved students from the university of Turin enrolled specifically  in communication and development studies, who were very interested and actively participated to the session.

At the end of the workshop, students have been asked to run a practical exercise and design a communication plan related to the cooperation and development sector.

Cash and vouchers: a new way to respond to hunger and nutrition issues

July 17th, 2017 Posted by Emergency, ICT4D, MMoney, Refugees, software development 1 comment on “Cash and vouchers: a new way to respond to hunger and nutrition issues”
Infographic 1: Cash and voucher system


Cash and voucher system refers to a restricted number of tools, where the cash or voucher is given to individuals, households or communities, but not to governments or other state actors.

In certain humanitarian disasters, the supply of food to markets and shops is sustained, yet, the affected population loses the means to buy it. In such cases, the cash and voucher aid approach ensures humanitarian aid reaches directly those with the greatest need in a timely manner.

Cash and vouchers are quick to deliver, cost-effective and provide people in need with greater choice. Among its advantages are benefits for local economies, empowerment of the beneficiaries, dignity and decision power to people who can choose the items they would like to buy. The cash and voucher system has shown to help the morale of those in need and also prepares the ground for linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) activities.

Cash and vouchers can be spent on a variety of products but usually food, non-food items, fuel, blankets and other essentials are the first port of call for those who need support.

With the institutional shift from food aid to food assistance, WFP  now has three distinct transfer modalities for distributing resources to target beneficiaries:
Food in kind (in-kind contribution and/or procured).

Cash and vouchers, together with food, provide WFP with additional flexibility in responding to hunger and nutrition issues, and allow the organization to tailor a food assistance response to the needs of beneficiaries – including those with special needs – and their contexts (i.e. what is possible, acceptable and/or feasible in a given situation), facilitating their access to available food in the local markets

The diversification of transfer modality options requires: (i) a systematic analysis of markets to determine suitability of a market based response; and (ii) a better understanding of the context through a series of sectoral capacity assessments. These will identify what is possible and feasible in a given context, and what is acceptable for beneficiaries in order to ensure that the chosen transfer modality is the most appropriate option.

The transfer modality consit of:
Cash trasnfers – monetary assistance in the form of physical cash or electronic disbursement to a targeted individual or household that enables direct access to food from the marketplace,
Voucher transfers – assistance to a targeted individual or household in the form of a paper or electronic entitlement reedemable at preselected retailers or at specifically organised fairs for a predifined list of commodities, but not for cash,
Food in-kind transfers – assistance to a targeted individual or household in the form of dry or wet rations.

The two main types of vouchers are:
Commodity voucher – redeemable for fixed quantities of specified foods,
Value voucher – redeemable for a choice of specified food items with the equivalent cash value of the voucher.

Furthermore, there are
two voucher distribution models:
Paper voucher – The beneficiary receives paper coupons and/or a scratch card that has a commodity or monetary value and that can be exchanged at contracted retailers or at specifically organized fairs. Both cash and commodity vouchers can be exchanged for items or services, but not for cash. Paper vouchers are distributed on a monthly basis and have a predefined validity period.
Electronic voucher – Electronic vouchers (e-vouchers) carry information on the monetary value of assistance or items and quantities they can be exchanged for on a barcode, a magnetic band or microchip on the card, or by short message service (SMS). Electronic voucher instruments (bank card, cell phone, SCOPECARD, etc.) are issued to beneficiaries only once, whereas their redemption value or quantity is credited remotely at predefined temporal intervals.

Infographic 2: Paper and electronic voucher
Infographic 3: Summary features of e-transfer mechanisms

Information Management for Emergency response

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Emergency, GIS, ICT4D, M&E, MHealth, software development 0 comments on “Information Management for Emergency response”

Technology itself does not mean progress,

progress is our ability to use technology to make a difference

(Luca De Biase)

When:  Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9 a.m. (CET)
Where: Piazza della Scienza, 4, Università degli Studi di MIlano – Bicocca
              Edificio U4, aula 2034
Gnucoop Soc. Coop. and Stand by Task Force (SBTF) are organizing an event about the use of digital tools to support information management during natural disasters and humanitarian crisis.

When a disaster or humanitarian emergency strikes, many organisations (public agencies, humanitarian responders, governmental and non governmental organisations) activate and try to provide their support. In these contexts, it’s very important to have access to and rely on trustworthy information. If used sensibly, social networks and digital tools have the potential to provide important pieces of information that were not accessible only up to few years ago.

Therefore, the event has two main objectives:

  • to sensitize civil society organizations, civil protection organisations, public institutions, university students and volunteers on the sensible use of digital tools such as social networks, digital images, web news, etc…, to help responding to humanitarian crisis,
  • to involve new ‘digital’ volunteers who could provide additional support in responding to emergencies or humanitarian crisis and become active members of the SBTF.

The program will be the following:

  • Technology and Information Sharing: ICT4D project milestones
  • Gnucoop tools and case studies: data collection & GIS and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Information for Disaster Response: SBTF Case, Studies, Example of Deployments

We are very glad to have as our guests Mercedes Aguerre, COOPI drr advisor, for a an introduction on Disaster Risk Reduction and  Angela Oduor Lungati, Director of Community Engagement, Ushahidi to present this very successful platform.

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