+44 (0)1773 864640 info@walkgrove.co.uk

Economic recovery toolkit for international humanitarians


  • E-learning
  • Story/scenario driven

Walkgrove converted a classroom-based training course on economic recovery in crisis environments into a bespoke e-learning module for international humanitarian practitioners.

The training need

The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) global learning network of organisations is dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. The SEEP’s Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) provide tools and strategies that support sustainable economic recovery in environments affected by conflict or disaster. SEEP wanted to convert a classroom training on the MERS handbook into a globally accessible e-learning course, to help them raise awareness of MERS amongst all humanitarian practitioners involved in international crisis response and economic recovery.

The existing classroom-based training was exceptionally popular with learners. SEEP wanted the custom e-learning module to achieve equal levels of engagement with the target audience of self-motivated, independent-minded and university-educated humanitarians.

Our bespoke e-learning solution

Walkgrove created a 90-minute custom e-learning solution that offered humanitarians a practical introduction to the usefulness of the MERS as a toolkit for them to support communities in crisis, demonstrating how to apply the MERS handbook effectively as part of their humanitarian response. An attention-grabbing introduction took learners straight into an interactive humanitarian emergency scenario, leveraging their existing knowledge about disaster response to show why the handbook could be useful in a familiar working context.

To explain the key elements of the recovery standards, learning content was divided into clear and concise content screens that split learning into memorable chunks of information. The use of colourful infographics, diagrams and vibrant illustrations supported the text-based content to bring the learning to life and help learners digest key points.

To support learners in applying the standards, the course included frequent scenario-based questions and practical examples, illustrated using powerful photography from real-life humanitarian emergencies around the world that would resonate with the international audience. The course also included a section dedicated to using the MERS handbook in different humanitarian situations, asking learners to make decisions about using key principles in a range of plausible circumstances and giving tailored feedback to consolidate their understanding.