Consortium Launches World’s First Academy To Train Aid Workers In Rapid Disaster Response
The Guardian: World’s first academy for humanitarian relief to be launched
“The world’s first academy for humanitarian relief is to be launched, aimed at training 100,000 aid workers from over 50 countries in organizing rapid responses to disasters and emergencies. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, launching on Monday, is a response to the growing number of humanitarian crises around the world, driven by climate change and conflict, combined with a severe and worsening shortage of people with the skills necessary to coordinate the large-scale response required in the critical first days to prevent mass casualties. The HLA is being set up by a global consortium of aid organizations with initial £20m funding from the U.K. Department for International Development, out of a target of £50m. The Save the Children charity has paid the startup costing and is hosting the academy’s hub in London…” (Border, 3/22).