Alwaleed Philanthropies has announced a pledge of £20 million (more than $29 million) to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to launch, in partnership with Save the Children, ten centers that will work to enable more rapid and effective responses to humanitarian disasters around the world.
With support from the Saudi Arabia-based foundation, the centers will train frontline aid workers and volunteers in fifty countries to respond to humanitarian disasters in their own countries. Centers have already been opened in the Philippines and Kenya, with more to be launched later this year in Bangladesh, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. Alwaleed Philanthropies also plans to launch centers in Latin America and southern and western Africa.
Later this month, HLA will launch a new digital learning platform, Kaya, that is designed to help train those working on the front line of a humanitarian disaster.
"We are living in an era of unprecedented humanitarian disasters, and so far the global response to these disasters has been inadequate," said Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, secretary-general of Alwaleed Philanthropies. "We need to do more to ensure that humanitarian needs are better served at the point of impact, especially in the critical life-saving seventy-two hour aftermath of any crisis. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy will be central to our efforts to meet this challenge. It will harness cutting-edge technology to ensure a rapid response and on-the-ground training to those on the front line of a crisis. This is what the future of disaster relief looks like, and we at Alwaleed Philanthropies are proud to be involved."