Humanitarian Sector Collaboration: Stories of Trainings, Wellbeing, and Landscape Analysis

The Hilton Prize Coalition’s Collaborative Models Program leverages the rich base of talent, assets, experience, and insight from its growing membership, as each Coalition member is able to achieve more collectively than it could individually. 

This year, the Coalition launched five new projects that involve nine organizations. These projects include surgical trainings in Rwanda, a study on the wellbeing of aid workers, disaster risk reduction trainings in Myanmar, a needs assessment of communities in Liberia concerning the protection of land rights, and a collaborative storytelling project on the need for equitable access to treatment for non-communicable diseases.

Here are three of their stories.

Surgeon Training in Rwanda

Co-Lead Organizations: Operation Smile and Partners in Health

Together, Operation Smile and Partners in Health were able to build surgical capacity by providing training for general and plastic surgery residents for a selected cohort of trainees. Addressing the lack of reconstructive plastic surgeons in Rwanda, Operation Smile, in conjunction with the University of Rwanda, formalized a three-week surgical rotation template, identified target trainees, and began putting curriculum in place for plastic surgery residents, general surgery residents, anesthesia residents, nurses and hospital staff.

Humanitarian Wellbeing Project

Co-Lead Organizations: Heifer International and The Task Force for Global Health

In the spring of 2018, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International were awarded a Collaborative Models grant from the Hilton Prize Coalition for their Humanitarian Wellbeing Project. This project had its origins in the recognition that the stresses inherent in humanitarian work in settings of human deprivation, suffering, and trauma can lead to burnout, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Such experiences can negatively impact employee wellbeing, and in turn, limit the effectiveness of humanitarian organizations.

Landscape Analysis and Collaboration Assessment

Co-Lead Organizations: BRAC and Landesa

Around the world, land and agriculture are intrinsically linked. In Liberia approximately half of the population lives in rural areas and land and agriculture are a primary source of employment and income. In 2018, the legislature passed the long-awaited Land Rights Bill indicating Liberia is set to embark on an ambitious and robust land reform effort. As the country looks to further empower its farmers, taking a comprehensive approach to integrating land rights and agriculture could be a timely and powerful opportunity. Together, BRAC and Landesa created a program to assess the landscape of Bong County, Liberia. The resulting program report will include findings and recommendations on delivery mechanisms for closing the gaps on land rights. 

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

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(Photos courtesy Operation Smile)

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