World's first academy for humanitarian aid puts locals on the frontline

March 23, 2015 6:38 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Training 100,000 aid workers and volunteers in more than 50 countries as first responders to local disasters and conflicts could "revolutionize the aid sector", the head of the world's first academy for humanitarian relief said as it launched on Monday.

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) plans to establish 10 centers worldwide by 2020, starting with Kenya and the Philippines, to train people as frontline relief workers to respond in the first 72 hours of crises in their own countries.

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