Humanitarian Learning Centre

The Humanitarian Learning Centre is a joint initiative of the Institute of Development Studies, the International Rescue Committee and Crown Agents

Flooding in Cap-Haïtien


In support of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, HLC will be a transformative centre that brings together accessible, operational learning with academic insights to enable more effective humanitarian response.


Underpinning this vision, HLC has the following objectives:

  • Enable access to relevant, scalable, and outcome-focused learning resources for enhanced operational effectiveness.
  • Co-create world class research and innovative thought leadership for doing humanitarianism differently in protracted crises.
  • Facilitate systemic change in support of local responders' increased participation in and leadership of humanitarian action.

About the consortium 

Funded by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, the Humanitarian Learning Centre is a transformative centre for operational learning that enables more effective humanitarian response. The Director of HLC is Lewis Sida, an independent consultant


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IDS publications on international development research

Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Response

The World Report on Disability estimates that about 15 per cent of the world’s population have some form of disability, with disability prevalence likely to increase as a result of ageing populations and the global increase in chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health disorders. More details


Famine: Lessons Learned

Report (2017)

Famine: Lessons Learned was produced as the world was responding to four potential famines simultaneously – in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. More details