25 years ago, NOHA Network on Humanitarian Action was born from the idea that academia has an essential role to play in enhancing professionalism in the delivery of humanitarian aid through education, training and research. Five universities that composed NOHA at the time set on board the pioneering task of finding space for higher education institutions among the then limited humanitarian stakeholder mix.
A quarter of century down the line, and with many more member and partner universities, NOHA can pride itself in a rich portfolio, including, its unique joint master’s programme; a set of innovative short-term courses for professionals; and a wide range of research initiatives. It also benefits from a rich network of NOHA graduates, and collaboration and partnerships with a broad mix of humanitarian stakeholders and higher education institutions in different regions of the world.
As we celebrate our 25 years, it is time for introspection and reflection. We do so by looking at the life of humanitarian professionals, in particular how it has changed over the years, the contributions made by humanitarians in alleviating suffering, the challenges they face in an increasingly complex sector, and the achievements and rewards of working with and for people in need.
We would like to invite you to join us in these celebrations which will take place during AidEx – The Global Humanitarian & Development Aid Event in Brussels, Belgium, on 14-15 November. It will be a unique opportunity to meet or reconnect with NOHA graduates and staff and to celebrate the silver jubilee of the first and one-of-a-kind network of academics, trainers and professionals working in the humanitarian and related sectors.
We will be present at the exhibition space (stand D45) and in one of the auditoria at AidEx where we will be hosting a series of panels themed "Life as a Humanitarian. Changes and Challenges", featuring NOHA graduates of many generations. Join us, #beNOHA!