The Challenges of Professionalizing Humanitarian Action

According to ALNAP there are currently over 200,000 individuals working in humanitarian assistance and protection globally. Growing at a pace of 6% per year, this workforce is expected to double in size by 2020. Members of the workforce are composed in majority of professionals from the Global South with their specific needs in terms of professional development and limited access to traditional educational opportunities. This need for professional training that is at once specialized and universal presents the humanitarian sector with a number of challenges.

October, 2011