Hi Tia,
To quickly answer a couple of your points here:
1. No, there doesn’t seem to have been much progres in the move to professionaling the humanitarian sector since this time. The reasons for this are complex (and I haven’t been following it that closely), but they include:
– One of the key recommendations from the study (#9) was the formation of an International Humanitarian Professional Association (IHPA), but this not evolved
– Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), many NGOs (and research agencies such as ELRHA) have had their budgets cut back, and thus find it difficult to fund detailed sudies such as these. Budget declines include less direct bilateral (eg through DFAT) funding
– This being said, there have been some positive develops. For example in Australia there is now a link betrween Save trhe Children and Deakin University’s Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.
– I personally think there is also a challenge over terminology. Competency based training is usually pre-degree (eg Cert IV) level, and graduates are really wanting to focus on Msaster rather than Cert IV training.

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