Transforming Surge Capacity Project

In the humanitarian context, surge capacity can be defined as the “ability of an organisation to rapidly and effectively increase [the sum of] its available resources in a specific geographic location”, in order to meet increased demand to stabilise or alleviate suffering in any given population. 

The Transforming Surge Capacity project aims to improve the capacity of humanitarian agencies to scale up resources for emergency response – getting the right people to the right places, doing the right things in the shortest time possible. 

It aims to pilot and build evidence of ways of working that are collaborative, locally focused, and which engage other stakeholders such as the UN and the private sector. 

Led by ActionAid, this project brings together eleven agencies - ACF, CAFOD, CARE, Christian Aid, International Medical Corps, Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Plan, Save the Children and Tearfund, as well as two technical partners (the CDAC Network and the CHS Alliance) who collaborate in its delivery.

The project aims to do this through:

  • Establishing collaborative platforms at national, regional and international levels. 
  • Piloting collaborative projects.
  • Training, learning and sharing of good practice and resources.


Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Transforming Surge Capacity Project
  • Introduction to the On Call Roster
  • Humanitarian Orientation
  • Core Humanitarian Standard
  • Learning Design and Facilitation