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Is your organization ready to help communities prepare for and respond to the next disaster? Are your colleagues and partners sufficiently trained to meet emergency needs quickly and in line with international best practices? In recent years, the rapid growth of disaster response standards and guidelines has underscored the critical importance of quality, accountability, and efficiency in assistance efforts. free easy to use online training resource-can help your organization meet these challenges. is a powerful professional development tool that enables aid workers to access online training in critical areas such as personal security, staff care, wellness and resiliency, and humanitarian principles. It is a much-needed resource that will truly benefit a variety of organizations, particularly those focused on disaster relief. ”

- Marie McNamee, Director of Programs, HR, IT and Legal, InsideNGO


Through the Initiative, aid workers can share resources and information and access customized online learning anytime, anywhere in the world. By providing high-quality, accessible training at no cost, the Portal allows aid workers to do what they do best: save lives, rebuild communities, and restore hope.


  • A free, web-based portal that provides training and essential information for humanitarian workers
  • A means to better engage, prepare, and educate your team
  • An expert webinar series focusing on key issues in humanitarian affairs
  • A library of realistic, interactive, and engaging elearning courses built by leading experts in the field
  • A professional development tool designed to meet the foundational, technical, and advanced training needs of aid workers
We strive to:
  • Ensure that our core resource - the website - remains free and open to all humanitarian aid workers
  • Embrace a collaborative approach that effectively leverages the energy and ideas of our partners and the humanitarian sector as a whole
  • Provide maximum accessibility and usability for humanitarian aid workers around the globe
  • Add value, complement related initiatives, and avoid duplication in the field of humanitarian learning
  • Promote best practices and recognized standards for performance in humanitarian action
  • Leverage state-of-the-art technology to enable humanitarians to access training anytime, anywhere - even in the most challenging situations
  • Develop additional value-added resources and services that will be offered either at no cost or for the lowest practical cost necessary to preserve the sustainability of the initiative




What is the mission of

The mission of is to increase the preparedness and effectiveness of humanitarian aid workers in natural disasters and conflicts by providing accessible, affordable, high-quality training.


How does work? is an easy to use web portal that’s accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Once a user has registered on the site, they can return anytime and as often as they like at no charge. This online resource provides disaster responders with free access to state of the art e-learning courses and other training tools designed by experts in staff development and humanitarian action.


What type of training courses are available? offers a wide and growing library of cutting-edge elearning courses and other relevant resources on critical topics such as Humanitarianism, Program/Operations, Protection, Staff Welfare, Management & Leadership, Staff Safety & Security, and Soft Skills. Register or login now to view the complete library.


What’s the need or gap that is trying to address?

On the job mentoring and classroom-based learning are still fundamental approaches to professional development in the aid world. But due to the growing complexity of humanitarian action, they are no longer sufficient. With the sector’s increasing emphasis on standards, partnership models, and the ability to rapidly scale up operations, complementary forms of staff development that are easily accessible and affordable are more essential than ever. has been specifically designed to meet that need.


Who are the primary beneficiaries of

From our assessment work and pilot testing, we know there’s a tremendous demand for easily accessible and affordable training within the humanitarian community. This is particularly true for the small to medium sized agencies that don’t have the wherewithal to build and maintain their own learning management systems. And that category includes literally thousands of aid agencies spread around the globe. In that sense, the potential audience is enormous.


What humanitarian agencies are supporting this initiative? is a collaborative nonprofit effort informed by an advisory committee of prominent aid agencies including Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, Project HOPE, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Vision, Oxfam America, and others. These partners provide essential guidance and support to the initiative. For a complete list of advisory committee members, click here.


Who is overseeing the Initiative?, an initiative of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, is managed by a small team that combines expertise in the areas of staff development, online learning, and humanitarian action. The Director – Atish Gonsalves – is a recognized leader in the field of technology-assisted learning. With more than 12 years of practical experience, Atish most recently led the development and implementation of online learning strategies for the UN Refugee Agency. The team also includes George Devendorf who serves as Senior Advisor and brings over 20 years of operational experience in humanitarian preparedness, response, and advocacy. Together, the team seeks to uphold and operationalize the initiative’s Guiding Principles.


Who is the Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) Foundation?

The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2010 by the talent management software leader, Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD). Our mission is simple: to transform the way people help people. We do this by providing CSOD’s talent management technology, the Foundation’s capacity building programs, and the support of our entire ecosystem to nonprofits around the world in order to help them develop, engage, and empower their employees and the people they serve.