Beirut, Lebanon – “A Learning Needs Assessment in Relation to the Syrian Crisis”  workshop organised jointly by the Global Health Institute – American University of Beirut and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, opened on August 28th 2017. 

Key actors in humanitarian action in Lebanon and beyond responding to the Syrian crisis participated in the “Learning Needs Assessment in Relation to the Syrian Crisis” workshop.


The aim of the workshop was to discuss the training and learning needs of humanitarian practitioners in relation to the Syrian crisis, in particular, and the aid effort in the Middle East region in general.  This workshop was jointly organized by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and the Global Health Institute (GHI) – American University of Beirut (AUB).

Earlier this month, the Middle East Centre for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy signed a collaboration agreement with the Global Health Institute(GHI).  This agreement is based on investment in knowledge through assessment, research, and content development related to the Academy’s learning pathways.

The Academy commissioned a learning needs assessment study for the region in relation to the Syrian crisis in April 2017.   This study targeted Jordan, Lebanon and Syria as the countries most affected by the Syrian refugee and Internally Displaced People (IDP) crisis.

Addressing participants at the workshop, Ms. Laura Jump, the Partnerships Director at the Global Academy Office, said:

“It is a great opportunity to discuss the results of this assessment as this shall guide many of the learning offerings on the Academy’s online platform – Kaya for the Middle East region. It will also inform our common work with AUB by validating the gaps in humanitarian learning in the Middle East and prioritizing knowledge creation and best practices from the region’s collective experiences in humanitarian response.”

On his end,  Dr. Shadi Saleh, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs at AUB and Founding Director of GHI, told participants that “this workshop will comprise the necessary groundwork for enhancing the skills and knowledge of organizations and individuals working in humanitarian response”. He added:

“GHI, in coordination with other health units at AUB and the region, is looking forward to working with the Academy to support that goal.”

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