ActionAid signs pacts with 3 varsities on humanitarian studies

ActionAid Nigeria has signed an agreement with the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), American University of Nigeria (AUN), and Nasarawa State University to provide diploma courses in Humanitarian Development Programs (HDP) Nexus in the country .

They said the partnership aims to establish the HDP Practitioners Academy with campuses in the 3 Universities. .

ActionAid County Director Andrew Mamedu during the launch and signing of the partnership, explained that the HDP Nexus is about stepping up humanitarian development beyond providing response but also building resilience of the people, ensuring accountability as well as improving the livelihood of the people.

He stated that most times when people enter into the humanitarian space, they tend to get training on the job, however by working with the university, Action Aid intends to formalize by working with the academia to do a formal training so that the aid workers can get certificates that can be used to improve their jobs and get other opportunities.

Mamedu further explained that the aim of the partnership agreement with the universities was to develop a course of study that can train practitioners given that many aid workers working in the field do not have a formal certification on humanitarian study.

In her words: “We are looking that in the next couple of years we would have a diploma, Post Graduate Degree in the HDP area and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation is also a witness to the partnership agreement.

“It will also add value to the community since we are bringing on board accountability peace building ethics , he mentioned.”

Also, the Vice Chancellor of AUN, Prof Dwayne Frasier, noted the university is focused on making sure their students are knowledgeable across fields and just an entrepreneur, or starting jobs but also investing in communities.

According to him, with several organizations coming into the humanitarian space,it’s important that they continue to improve on transparency adding that capacity building is important to train humanitarian workers on not just how to receive and spend money but also how to make a living .

Also, the Director Institute of governance and humanitarian studies Nasarawa State University Prof Andrew Zamumi stated that it will take government the move will further make government be more developments focus and more impactful in the community.