Alwaleed Philanthropies Partners With Humanitarian Leadership Academy to Establish Pioneering New Centers around the world

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

Alwaleed Philanthropies Donates £20 million to Develop Ten Centers to Transform the Humanitarian Sector 


Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, has announced providing £20 million to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to launch ten rapid-response centers across the world, in partnership with Save the Children. These centers will offer the next generation of front line humanitarian staff, the latest insight and technology, and empower those most affected by emergencies to be the first responders. 


The Academy plans to train frontline aid workers and volunteers across 50 countries to prepare people to respond to humanitarian disasters in their own country. It is a truly global collaboration between the private sector, governments, academia and NGOs. The headquarters is located in London by Save the Children, where a group of academics and specialists in humanitarian work meet to exchange research, ideas, and then re-asses the needs of each country in order to make informed decisions. 


Alwaleed Philanthropies’ role will be to leverage its resources and its international network of partners help scale the initiative. Centers have already opened in the Philippines and Kenya, with three further centers to be launched this year –in Bangladesh, Middle East and a collaboration center in the UK.  The foundation plans to also launch centers in Latin America, South and West Africa. 


Save the Children was one of the first humanitarian organizations who saw the need for an initiative like the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and provided the initial investment to establish the Academy, offering support both during the setup phase and beyond. 


The Academy announced today that it will be launching its new digital learning platform – Kaya – at the World Humanitarian Summit on 23 May. The Kaya platform is a one-stop shop designed to help train those working on the front line of a humanitarian disaster. Kaya will train the next generation of humanitarian leaders and responders, especially those located in vulnerable crisis-affected countries and communities. Kaya is an evolving and flexible platform and will be sharing content from global, country, regional and local partnerships. 


HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, said:

“We are living in an era of unprecedented humanitarian disasters, and so far the global response to these disasters has been inadequate.”

“We need to do more to ensure that humanitarian needs are better served at the point of impact, especially in the critical life-saving 72 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.”


Saba Al Mubaslat, CEO of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy said:  

"This partnership is a true example of the power of collaboration. We are delighted to partner with HRH Prince Alwaleed, a philanthropist who sees the benefit of investing in front-line responders, investing in peace and investing in a global public good."

"Alwaleed Philanthropies will bring their knowledge and expertise to the humanitarian sector and help us support, collaborate and enable local leaders."

 "This is why we are asking, at the World Humanitarian Summit, for all individuals to make a personal commitment to make the changes happen by signing up to this pledge – “I commit to collaborate across boundaries to recognize, enable and sustain local and national humanitarian capabilities and leadership.”"


For over 35 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 120 countries regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education.