Training Better Leaders For Humanity
“In my opinion, this is the most important humanitarian leadership program in the world”
Gareth Owen OBE, HLP Faculty,
Save The Children
Deakin University and Save the Children are committed to transforming how humanitarian leaders lead and humanitarian organisations operate during a crisis. We strongly believe in helping to maximise the effectiveness of these leaders by providing them with the requisite skills needed to save human lives in the most inhospitable conditions known to man. As a global community, we are facing significant challenges in responding to the needs of those affected. We need more people like Jamil, who have the training required to respond effectively to these disasters. Deakin’s unstinting commitment extends to developing humanitarian studies as a key area of growth, exploring how to improve our social benefit contributions and seeking new, and better, ways of working with likeminded global organisations. This collaborative partnership model is exemplified in the way we run the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.
Message from the Vice Chancellor
“We’re witnessing unprecedented numbers of refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers …”
"I always say that I am not the employee of any organisation, I am the employee of the poor, vulnerable and needy men, women and children of the world. A little effort on my part can save or change someone’s life. By making a small donation to the Humanitarian Leadership Programme you can provide a scholarship for someone like me and change the lives of millions of people around the world."
A Great Leader in Action – Nepal Earthquake 2015
When Jamil Awan, a graduate of Deakin’s Humanitarian Leadership Programme, arrived in Nepal to assist the local population he was confronted by 200 families whose village had been destroyed. Their homes had collapsed and slid down the mountain and their farmland was damaged by cracks and craters. They were 2500 feet above sea level, very cold, exposed to the elements, without clean drinking water or food.
Jamil actioned urgent response with the leadership required to save lives:
"THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED BY DEAKIN UNIVERSITY AND SAVE THE CHILDREN SHOWED ME THAT LEADERS ARE NOT BORN THEY ARE MADE, AND THE CENTRE FOR HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME SHOWED ME EXACTLY THAT – MAKE STRONG LEADERS."
"Before I undertook the Humanitarian Leadership Programme I did not have the skills required to negotiate the outcomes that I achieved in Nepal. The program gave me the negotiation and diplomacy skills required to work with different stakeholders such as the military, medical personnel and the government. The people who created the programme have firsthand experience of disasters zones and they know the types of decisions a leader has to make in this environment. All the subjects were very relevant and practical."