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Our role

ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.

Why was ALNAP formed?

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) was established in 1997, as a mechanism to provide a forum on learning, accountability and performance issues for the humanitarian sector, following the Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda (JEEAR). The JEEAR is the most comprehensive system-wide evaluation of an international response to a humanitarian crisis to date. It led to demands for increased professionalisation of the humanitarian sector.

Consequently, several initiatives were developed during the same few years to improve the performance of the humanitarian sector. These include The Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, the Sphere Project, the Humanitarian Ombudsman Project (which became HAP International) and People In Aid.

How is ALNAP structured?

ALNAP consists of Members and subscribers. We are governed by a Steering Committee representing the membership, and serviced by a small secretariat.

The ALNAP Membership is designed to reflect the structure of the humanitarian sector through its six different membership groupings:

  • donor organisations
  • UN agencies
  • independent academic organisations and experts
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent movement
  • non-governmental organisations
  • private sector

Most Members are organisations and nominate a representative to be the contact between the organisation and ALNAP.

Subscribers are individuals or organisations demonstrating an interest in issues of accountability, quality and learning in the humanitarian sector. They receive regular updates on ALNAP's work, and other relevant notices circulated by ALNAP members. A limited number of subscribers are also entitled to attend the first day of ALNAP Annual Meetings.

ALNAP's activities are managed and implemented through the ALNAP Secretariat, which is hosted by the Overseas Development Institute in London.

ALNAP's Steering Committee

ALNAP's Steering Committee consists of eight Full Member representatives. Each committee member represents one of the ALNAP membership groupings.

Current members of the ALNAP Steering Committee


  Johan Schaar | ALNAP Steering Committee Chair

    Johan Schaar has had a distinguished career in both humanitarian and risk reduction/development work, known for playing a leading role in establishing the Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative (GHD) while at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), as well as leading the recovery operations after the Indian Ocean Tsunami on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    Johan joined ALNAP after four years in charge of development cooperation at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem, which manages Swedish development support to Palestine. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Department for Policy Support at Sida.

    He was the Co-Director of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative of the Climate and Energy Program at World Resources Institute in Washington DC from February 2012 - July 2013. During 2007-2009 he was the Director of the International Commission on Climate Change and Development which was launched by the Swedish Government and chaired by the Minister for International Development Cooperation.

    He was a member of IUCN’s Governing Council 2008 – 2012. Between 2000 and 2005 he was head of the Division for Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Management at Sida, Stockholm. He has a background in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, including assignments in South, East and South East Asia.

    Johan Schaar holds a PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

  • Henrike Trautmann, ECHO (Donor constituency)
  • Anke Reiffenstuel, German Federal Foreign Office (Donor constituency)
  • Dan Maxwell, Feinstein International Center (Academic constituency)
  • Cecilie Rogenaes-Panxha, International Committee of the Red Cross (RC/RC constituency)
  • Scott Green, UN-OCHA (UN constituency)
  • Andrea Cook, WFP (UN constituency)
  • Loreine dela Cruz, Centre for Disaster Preparedness (NGO constituency)
  • Anne-Lise Lavaur, Solidarites (NGO constituency)


ALNAP's 2013-2018 Strategy



The ALNAP Secretariat did a light mid-term review of the 2013-2018 Strategy in early 2016. This review was presented by  John Mitchell to the ALNAP Steering Committee in our March 2016 meeting.

The presentation provides an overview of the work ALNAP does and gives a sense of how our products are being used; by whom; and to what extent they are influencing policy and action. It draws on our ongoing monitoring data; information including the impact log, feedback forms, website analytics, and download data.

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