Advances in forecasting and technology promise more effective early warning systems for natural hazards. What stands between disaster alert and action, and how can the impact of early warning tools be enhanced?
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The Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian (ELRHA) network is dedicated to supporting partnerships between higher education institutions and humanitarian organisations.
It aims to stimulate and support research and training that delivers measurable impact in the prevention of and response to global humanitarian crises.
ELRHA aims to both build academic capacity as well as ensure that UK academia is effectively linked to our broader international agenda. It has a particular focus on building collaborative partnerships with universities within the UK.
On the website there are details of the partnerships that the network has fostered, as some of its outcomes. In addition, information can be found on the joint ELRHA and ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action) programme, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, which provides grants to support organisations and individuals to identify and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing operational agencies in the humanitarian crises.
The Humanitarian Futures programme (HFP), based at King's College University, London, aims to support those with humanitarian responsibilities to develop organisational structures and leadership skills to become more adaptive and to effectively engage and collaborate with all necessary actors.
The programme's objective is to strengthen anticipation of evolving and emerging threats and to identify the technological, scientific, social and political innovations that will allow longer-term speculation as to future trends as well as the capacities needed to manage widening vulnerability and increasing humanitarian demands.
The website contains a number of tools and resources, including HFP and external publications, and key definitions, as well as upcoming events and a discussion forum.