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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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Maartje's Story
Maartje Vooijs: Dutch National, MA Graduate
Position: African Centre for Humanitarian Agency

I stayed with ADHOC-CC from September 2011 till December 2006, during which time ADHOC-CC continued to pursue the establishment of an African Centre for Humanitarian Action (ACHA), but lacked the funding to move forwards with possibilities. Therefore, I was to combine the efforts already existent, be a spokesperson for ACHA and explore new partnerships, for example with the African Union. Although I was only there to commence the establishment of the Centre and assist ADHOC-CC personnel it was a fairly extensive task description for a volunteer position of three months. However, this was exactly what I had imagined: a challenging and fascinating learning experience in which I would have the liberty to explore my capabilities in the field of humanitarian action.

Honestly it couldn't have been more rewarding. When I arrived I met the other volunteer Melanie with whom I lived together in the house that ADHOC-CC arranged for us. At work there was a very warm welcome waiting because they arranged a tea and coffee ceremony for us. Moreover, all during my stay at ADHOC-CC I felt that I was part of a team, working together with the colleagues who became friends very dear to me.

But my time with ADHOC-CC was not only the start of new friendships, it also offered learning opportunities in which I was able to explore my own possibilities and add a remarkable experience with an African NGO to my professional career. Furthermore, the people working at ADHOC-CC offered us opportunities to network and meet other interesting persons. They stimulated me to visit conferences and to cooperate with other organizations in Africa and beyond. Last but not least, ADHOC-CC organized a fieldtrip through which we were able to see more of the different regions of Ethiopia, talk to staff at field offices and meet the locals they are working with.

Since I'm back in the Netherlands I look back with very warm feelings to my time at ADHOC-CC. In fact I hope to return some time to visit my friends and see where both ACHA and ADHOC-CC are at. Of course, I would love to see which new volunteers are in Addis to join the team; perhaps I can meet you there!