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Near-Life supports humanitarian response efforts in Ukraine

Residential building destroyed. Kyiv, 2022. By Алесь Усцінаў

Working with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Near-Life helped deliver a new, interactive learning project to support the humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

As one of the largest global humanitarian agencies supporting refugees, NRC has been at the forefront of the response to the Ukrainian crisis.  NRC started supporting people affected by the conflict in eastern Urkraine in late 2014. They have since scaled up efforts inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to provide aid to people forced to flee.

This new interactive learning project promotes a grounding in humanitarian principles for NRC’s agency partners on the ground in Romania.

Utilising a mixture of interactive video, decision based scenarios, documentary-style films and written content and quizzes, the course is being made available at no charge on the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s Kaya platform.

Overcoming challenges in a safe practice space

Providing humanitarian assistance can be a challenging task as humanitarian organizations often work in complex environments. Using interactive, branching scenarios allows learners to overcome humanitarian access and aid delivery challenges by providing a safe practice space. Designed to support experiential learning, the immersive learning scenarios give learners an opportunity to experience the most common situations faced around humanitarian access and principles.

Carlo Gherardi, NRC’s Regional Director for Central & Eastern Europe, stated that:

“Our response to the Ukrainian crisis has been a major undertaking and has involved working with a number of local partners in Ukraine, Romania, Poland and the Republic of Moldova. This project will help give our colleagues who are new to humanitarian response an effective grounding in some of the core principles around humanitarian access.”

Near-Life co-founder, Geseth Garcia, added:

“We are very proud to have been able to support the work of NRC over a number of years. As one of the early adopters of our immersive learning technology, they understand the value of interactive video for education. We’re delighted to work on this new project with the NRC team, which will support the humanitarian efforts underway during this incredibly difficult time.”

The course, initially available in Romanian, can be accessed free of charge on kayaconnect.org.

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