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War Child will pursue the strategic ambition of becoming a Networked Expert Organisation in the years to 2020. Our staff will play a significant role in this process - and we need to develop their skills and competencies if we are to reach our goal. To that end, the decision was taken in 2016 to work towards further defining War Child as a ‘learning organisation’.

A learning organisation is the term given to an organisation that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself. The final quarter of 2016 saw War Child take the first steps towards this process of transformation. A Manager Learning Organisation was recruited in October and informal ‘learning café’ sessions were held to identify the needs of the organisation.

This process will intensify over the course of 2017 with the development of the ‘War Child Academy’ - an online learning platform for members of staff across the entire organisation and those from partner organisations we work with. Various vendors for learning environments were contacted during the final quarter of 2016 to identify which products are relevant for establishing this resource.