The Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP) is a two-year capacity development initiative of the European Union to support Latin American and Caribbean regional organizations and their Member States to enhance their conflict and disaster early-warning capabilities through tailored human capacity development measures.
The programme aims to improve the interconnectivity between crisis response centres and early-warning/situation awareness facilities within the region as well as strengthen cooperation with the EU Crisis Room and other EU institutions in the field of crisis response and early warning. Activities include training, workshops and technical information sessions in Europe covering risk and scenario analysis, early warning, conflict analysis, open source information, knowledge management, and other related topics. The GCRSP has a global approach; the present project however is focussing on the Latin American and Caribbean Region. GCRSP is funded by the European Union and managed by the EUNIDA network.
In 2014, the OAS and CARICOM IMPACS expressed an interest in collaborating with the European External Action Service (EEAS) to strengthen their early warning and political analysis capacities. Subsequently a EUNIDA consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and supported by FIIAPP developed the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP) on request of the European Commission with the support of EEAS.
The aim of the resulting programme is to provide support to the OAS and CARICOM to enhance their conflict and disaster early-warning capabilities through tailored human capacity development measures.