Collaboration is the cornerstone of the Academy. We work with a wide range of partners across the humanitarian sector and beyond; from technology companies to universities; local communities to multinational corporations and from local authorities to national governments, drawing on the knowledge, expertise and resources of a range of organisations to ensure the best solutions are found for those most in need.

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Our partnerships are based on the following principles:

Mutual Benefit

We always start with a clear and agreed common vision for the partnership, which is mutually beneficial for both parties and contributes to a positive impact.

Equity and Empowerment

We ensure that our values are aligned and that our partnership is built around an understanding and respect for differences in opinion and culture.

Accountability and Transparency

We believe that open communication along with clear and rational decision making is the key to a successful partnership.

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When people have little reliable information available to them, myths, misinformation and disinformation can spread rapidly. This not only adds to the stress and anxiety for people already under immense pressure,  but could put their lives at risk and make the response less effective. A number of CDAC Network members – notably Internews, WHO and OCHA – have developed innovative ways of tackling rumours and we are pleased to be collaborating with the Academy to develop guidance that builds on this so as to scale up these innovations in the humanitarian sector.

Angela Rouse, Senior Programme Manager, CDAC Network


“The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is playing a unique and critical role in stimulating and supporting change within the humanitarian and development sectors, we believe that by combining the expertise of the Open University and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy we can deliver on our shared vision to revolutionise learning to support humanitarians to be more responsive, resilient, and adaptable.”

Matthew Foster, Director of International Development, The Open University


“The work the Humanitarian Leadership Academy is doing is paramount to the humanitarian sector. In leveraging technology platforms, the Academy will be able to reach mass audiences with preparedness and resilience training content. We are enthusiastic about the possibilities to educate the most vulnerable effectively at scale.”

Hector Mujica, Regional Manager,


“RedR is excited about working in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and believe that in working together we can make real contributions to the quality of learning support that humanitarians around the world receive.”

Emily Fereday, Country Director Europe and Global Initiatives programme , RedR UK


“To be effective in transforming the partnering landscape, we need allies who understand how passionate we are about our mission and who are willing to enquire and explore new territory that is so essential to reaching our shared goals for a better world. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy has recently become one such ally and our working relationship is very much valued!”

Ros Tennyson, Director, Strategy & Services, Partnership Brokers Association


“Humanitarian U is thrilled to be partnering with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to assess the impact of eLearning on humanitarian workers’ practice in the field. We hope to provide evidence for the effectiveness of learning as a means to improving humanitarian outcomes in disaster situations.”

Lisa Oddy, Director of Operations, Humanitarian U


“GSK are delighted to be working with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to support the development of their global Academy Centres. Through empowering communities to be prepared and be the first responders when an emergency strikes, more lives will be saved and we are proud to be supporting the Academy’s mission.”

Claire Hitchcock, Director, Community Partnerships, Global Health, GSK


“We are very excited about this partnership. By combining the expertise of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in humanitarian education and of the International Rescue Committee in emergency preparedness & response, we believe we can make a strong contribution to the strengthening of local humanitarian actors and thus have an increasing impact on the provision of services to people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, to help them survive, recover and gain control of their future.”

Dr. Gunther Pratz, Deputy Director, International Rescue Committee


“We are very excited about this partnership. By combining the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s expertise in humanitarian education with the IFRC’s network of community volunteers, we believe we can have an enormous impact on the needs of vulnerable people around the world.”

Elise Baudot, Director of Policy, Strategy and Knowledge, The International Federation of Red Cross

Who we work with

Humanitarian organisations

We partner with humanitarian organisations to enable access to high-quality learning, by sharing existing learning content and co-developing and investing in new content.  

See how we are enabling learning

Learning providers

We work with learning providers, such as LINGOs and Cegos, to make project management and leadership tools available to all humanitarians.

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We work with businesses such as Unilever in the Philippines, helping shop owners prepare for a disaster by training them to create their business continuity plans.

See how this impacts a local business

Local & national authorities

We are working with local and national authorities to build more resilient systems, promote better planning, improve livelihoods, enhance quality of life, and ultimately reduce casualty rates from the impact of disasters.

Read about our Alert and Ready Communities

A simple approach to partnering


1. Identify
Using our partnership checklist to ensure mutual benefit


2. Create
Identifying the opportunity areas of focus


3. Forge
Reaching an agreement


4. Manage
Supporting each other throughout the partnership


5. Sustain
Document lessons learned during the partnership

Some of the organisations we are already working with

Why collaborate with us

“The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is helping to reduce the demands on the global humanitarian system by enabling local communities through our retailer network. This will help reduce the social and economic impact of disasters.”

Rebecca Marmot, Global Vice President Advocacy & Partnerships, Unilever

See Unilever’s impact story

“We work with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to support their staff to stay safe when travelling. We are now working with the Academy on a wider wellness and resilience learning product where we will provide subject matter expertise and experience.”

Karen Abbs, Global Training Manager, InterHealth

Impact Story coming soon!

Real Impact

There are so many ways to collaborate with us, here are just a few examples of how we are working with different organisations and businesses.

Alert And Ready Communities In The Philippines

Alert and Ready Communities in the Philippines

The Alert and Ready Communities (ARC) project aims to strengthen good governance of local government units and support communities in the Philippines to build more resilient systems, promote better planning, improve livelihoods, enhance quality of life, and ultimately reduce casualty rates from the impact of disasters.
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Working Together To Respond To Disasters In The Philippines

Working Together to Respond to Disasters in the Philippines

Marlene Latayan, 38, and Reynaldo Latayan, 40, are the owners of ‘Reynaldo Latayan’s Superstore’, a wholesale business that covers 152 micro retail stores in San Pablo City and Alaminos, Laguna Province, Philippines.
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Disaster Risk Reduction Saves Lives

Disaster Risk Reduction Saves Lives

The ARC project aims to strengthen good governance of local government units and support communities in the Philippines to build more resilient systems, promote better planning, improve livelihoods, enhance quality of life, and ultimately reduce casualty rates from the impact of disasters.
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