The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is an initiative which was set up with the goal of supporting aid workers, particularly local aid workers, to be better prepared to respond to disasters.
The Academy has been set up as a “learning platform” in the broadest sense. This means a learning platform that is both digital, where we reach 120,000+ aid workers via our learning platform, Kaya, as well as a physical network of partners in a number of countries, like Kenya, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and more.
Our goal is to combine a scalable digital platform with local presence to ensure the learning we’re developing is geared to local organizations that are at the front line of disasters.
Unfortunately, in many countries seeing a need for humanitarian response right now, aid workers face challenges like Internet access, bandwidth, even staff safety sometimes. But still they demonstrate a clear interest in digital learning, even in the hardest-to-reach areas.
As for my role at the Academy: I was initially responsible for the Kaya platform learning strategy and implementation among our local partners. I’ve since moved to an innovation role, now serving as Innovation Director. I’m responsible for scanning emerging technologies, methodologies and content. This includes testing and scaling successful technologies and methods through Kaya. Examples of these include game-based learning, Virtual Reality, AI, chatbots – all with the goal of making learning more engaging, interesting and relevant for our end users.