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Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)
Founded 1997
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus aid, International development, human rights, evaluation, assessment
Area served
Method training, research, innovation
Key people

John Mitchell, Director

Paul Knox Clarke, Head of Research and Communications

ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance) is a sector-wide network in the international humanitarian system made up of key international humanitarian organisations and experts. Established in 1997 following the multi-agency evaluation of the humanitarian response to the Rwandan Genocide, ALNAP provides the humanitarian sector with a forum to address issues of accountability and learning, as well as producing research and analysis of shared challenges facing the humanitarian sector.

The ALNAP Secretariat is hosted by the Overseas Development Institute in London.


ALNAP Full Members include agencies and individuals from five key constituencies that make up the international humanitarian sector:

Donors- AECID; AusAID; Canadian International Development Agency; DANIDA; DFID; European Community Humanitarian aid Office; Irish Aid; JICA; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands; NZAID; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; USAID


Red Cross and Red Crescent movement- British Red Cross; ICRC; IFRC

International and national NGOs- Action Against Hunger; Africa Humanitarian Action; All India Disaster Mitigation Institute; CAFOD; CARE (relief agency); Catholic Relief Services; Christian Aid; DARA (international organization); Danish Refugee Council; Disasters Emergency Committee; Focus Humanitarian Assistance; Global Hand; Humanitarian Accountability Partnership; ICVA; International Rescue Committee; Mercy Malaysia; MSF-Holland; Norwegian Refugee Council; OFADEC; Oxfam; People In Aid; RedR; Save the Children; Sphere Project; Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response; Tearfund; Voice; World Vision

Academic establishments, research institutions and independent consultants- DARA; Glemminge Development Research AB; Groupe URD; ; IECAH; Humanitarian Futures Programme; Oxford Brookes University;Overseas Development Institute ; Tufts University

ALNAP Observer Members are individuals with a keen interest in humanitarian performance issues, who wish to keep up to date with ALNAP's activities and events.

Areas of activity and resources[edit]

The State of the Humanitarian System

Humanitarian leadership

Humanitarian evaluation Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice

The quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action

Effective humanitarian feedback mechanisms

Urban response Urban Response Community of Practice

Syria Evaluation Portal for Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning (CALL)

All ALNAP Publications

The Humanitarian Evaluation and Learning Portal (HELP), formerly known as the Evaluative Reports Database (ERD), a knowledge pool for the humanitarian sector with over 7,000 entries focusing on evaluation of humanitarian programmes but also other topics related to improving the effectiveness of humanitarian action


Past Activities[edit]

The Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC)[1] was a unique learning and accountability initiative established in February 2005 to carry out joint evaluations of the response to the Asian earthquake and tsunamis of 26 December 2004. The TEC was hosted by ALNAP and the ALNAP secretariat was responsible for managing the day to day operations of the project.

In July 2011, ALNAP took part in a move to strengthen its collaboration with three other quality and accountability initiatives in a review their effectiveness and impact. The other organisations involved were The Sphere Project, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, and People In Aid.

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