Alwaleed Philanthropies are a founding partner of the Academy, and have supported our mission to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own communities since we launched in 2015.

In August 2018, Safia Al Attas – Operation Manager at Alwaleed Philanthropies – visited the Philippines and East Africa Academy Centres to learn more about how we are supporting individuals and organisations through the provision of accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities.

Teams in both Academy Centres were delighted to welcome Safia and share more information on how they are working with a range of partners to both understand and meet the learning needs of humanitarian stakeholders and local communities. The teams shared information on their key audiences and strategic priorities, and used case studies to demonstrate our impact to date – from providing business continuity planning to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the Philippines in order to save lives and safeguard livelihoods, to designing and delivering a bespoke blended learning pathway on disaster risk reduction and management to meet the needs of the County Government of Kakamega.

Following a full morning of meetings in both locations, the teams were able to introduce Safia to the local cuisine with a well-deserved lunch.

Safia noted that ‘Alwaleed Philanthropies are so proud of our relationship with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Through their global network of Centres and partners they are able to provide learning opportunities that will change the face of disaster preparedness and response, enabling local communities to take the lead’.

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