Several sector-wide networks have developed over recent years to address the issue of professionalization in humanitarian aid, such as the Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) network. ELRHA supports linkages between higher education institutions and humanitarian partners around the world and consists of regional hubs (currently active in North America, the UK, Europe, and East Africa, with additional hubs anticipated in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East), all working together to standardize and professionalize the training of humanitarian aid workers.
As an established network, ELRHA provides PAATCHH a web of connections and channels of communication with other academic institutions and global humanitarian actors. These connections and information flows will be vital in ensuring that the processes (of curriculum development, training, professionalization, and on-the-ground implementation in the sectors involved in humanitarian assistance) involve dialogue and feedback from all involved, from academics to practitioners.
While ELRHA’s network spans across the globe, their “particular focus [is] on building collaborative partnerships with universities in the UK.” PAATCHH, through its 12 involved North American academic institutions, seeks to complement ELRHA’s UK-based academic connections with connections to universities in the United States and Canada.