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Humanitarian learning delivery: has the pandemic led to lasting change?

Over the past year, I’ve been part of the Training Providers Forum (TPF), a great group of individuals from ten organisations involved in humanitarian learning. We meet regularly to share intel and experience. The need for humanitarian learning far outstrips demand, so it makes sense to pool our knowledge and collaborate! 

In recent TPF meetings, we’ve discussed the impact of Covid-19 on training delivery approaches. The pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the way organisations implemented humanitarian learning – as travel and face-to-face contact became impossible, providers naturally scrambled to move their courses online. In some cases the content itself also had to change, to reflect new methods of emergency response delivery necessitated by Covid. 

With the pandemic now easing, we began to discuss whether or not delivery approaches have changed for good. Are organisations reverting to formats used before the pandemic began, or are some of the new methods here to stay? Did online delivery formats reach new or different audiences, and what feedback are we receiving from our learners now? What about changes in the way that humanitarian learning is paid for or funded? 

In the document on the right, we have sought to capture the factors to consider when choosing a learning format, and have showcased six testimonies from organisations as to how they navigated the pandemic, and the decisions they have made about learning delivery since.  

We hope you enjoy reading it! If you have a story to share about your own learning delivery experience, or would be interested in discussing this topic with others, please contact Esther on, as the TPF may deliver a webinar on this subject in future.  

Click above to download the complete document, including testimonies from six humanitarian learning providers.

Esther Grieder is a staff member at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and leads on the HPass initiative.