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Eastern Europe

Since the outbreak of the war in 2022, 7.96 million Ukrainian people have crossed the border to seek refuge in Poland.


Currently around 1.8 million displaced persons are residing in Poland, with approximately 20-22 thousand people coming to Poland and another 18-20 thousand people returning to Ukraine every day. Due to the ongoing war, the upcoming winter cold and destroyed energy infrastructure in Ukraine, another influx of people is expected and urgent ongoing support needed.

Our activities in the region

The HLA Eastern Europe Regional Centre currently supports Ukraine, Poland and Romania. Learning activities currently include frontline emergency trainings on Child Safeguarding, Child Protection, a Crisis Leadership Programme for people new to the humanitarian field including cohorts for advanced and senior experts in the field. There are plans for a training on Core Humanitarian Standards and Training of Trainers in Sphere Standards in collaboration with the Polish Humanitarian Aid.

In addition, a long-term innovative pilot leadership programme is underway as a joint initiative of HLA, the Eco Leadership Institute and local organisations to enhance localised leadership and create systemic social change.

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