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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.

Listen to our recent podcast with Olga Nikolska, the Program Director of Culture of Philanthropy Development at Ednannia, one of the largest and most experienced civil society organisations in Ukraine. You’ll also hear insights on the HLA’s localisation approach and view on the challenges and needs specific to the region. Listen to the full podcast episode now available on Spotify and Buzzsprout.

Read a recent report from the LSE Department of International Development, commissioned by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and Save the Children – Transformational Humanitarian Response: The Example of Poland

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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