The early stages of an emergency or the later stages of a protracted crisis are often when people are at their most vulnerable. When a disaster hits, people may be caught unprepared and humanitarians may lack the experience to respond effectively to that particular emergency, because every crisis is different. Protracted crises, on the other hand, can overstretch or drain staff and resources.

Who are we?

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is recognised as a key contributor to the localisation agenda, we work in partnership to increase access to contextualised and relevant learning. We are well positioned to share learning and enable best practice from other global responses, delivering reactive capacity strengthening support whenever and wherever needed. We share our expertise, supporting responders from across the sector at different stages of an emergency, when they are stretched to the limit.

“We aim to provide the right capacity development to the right people, in the right place, at the right time. We do this by keeping our support light touch, flexible and reactive to situations as they happen. Responders are telling us this works for them.”
– Samantha Davis, Head of Regions, Humanitarian Leadership Academy

How we work

Being ready: guidance for first responders

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy plays a pivotal role in strengthening national and local response capacity in both operational and technical areas alongside support on soft skills. We first identify needs, then create and curate a range of high-quality, accessible and relevant learning opportunities to suit the needs of individuals, strengthen the capacity of organisations and amplify the reach and quality of learning during a response.

Being prepared: our experienced staff are based in regions to offer ongoing support

The purpose of our locally-based Regional Centres is to shift the power of handling crises to those most affected and best placed to respond.
Our methods are effective because our Regional Centres are anchored in strong partnerships and are positioned within our regional offices to enable learning and collaboration within and across regions.

Being consistent: standardised ways of working ensure responses are not disrupted

To sustain a high quality of response over months, tools and methods must be up to date, effective and consistent. We share tools which can be adapted quickly.

Why is this approach to Reactive Capacity Strengthening unique?

  • Our focus is on direct and timely interventions, ensuring best practice under pressure.
  • We identify and close capacity gaps, meaning the quality of the response is never compromised.
  • Our approach is evidence-based as well as expertise driven and our efforts are focused on where we can help the most.
  • We rapidly design, develop and deliver resources within contextualised settings in different languages where impactful.
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