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The learning department for international cooperation and humanitarian aid professionals

Raising knowledge, sharing experience, empowering organisations

The PuntoSud Academy is the PuntoSud learning hub.

Its main objective is to enhance the knowledge and capacities of the staff of NGOs, UN agencies, European Commission, Member States’ national agencies in dealing with development cooperation and humanitarian aid programmes.

The support is mostly focused at making the cooperation among Grant receiving organisations and donor agencies more efficient and collaborative.

Through its activities, the Academy aims at raising knowledge and empowering organisations in developing their internal control systems to ensure a more efficient use of resources.

Since 2008, the Academy is the official partner of the European Commission for the provision of training and helpdesk services to all DG ECHO’s partners and staff.



Raising knowledge

Being aware of the rules, procedures, methods and best practices ruling the development cooperation and humanitarian aid sectors is a core component of growth.
This is the reason why the PuntoSud Academy supports professionals and organisations to increase their awareness with some topics we consider as milestones of a good programming system such as accountability, PCM, donors compliance etc.

Sharing experiences

Development and learning processes are never unidirectional activities. They entail interaction and exchange of information, practices and experiences.
The aim of the PuntoSud Academy is to make this wide experience available to other organisations working in the same sector.  
On the same way, we believe that the actors we work with have a lot to share and to learn from each other. This is the reason why our training programs and services are built to ensure a high level of collaboration, interaction and experience exchange.

Empowering organisations

Learning is a never-ending process. It should bring to evolve as professionals, as organisations and, finally, as society.
Today world challenges are urgent and very complex. In this context, development cooperation and humanitarian aid actors need to be well equipped, agile and never-stop improving their tools and methods of working.
The PuntoSud Academy aims to support these actors capitalising their experiences, improving their skills, capacities and systems to help them to continue bringing benefit to the society.


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what we do

The Academy is specialised in the design and delivery of learning experiences related to access to EU funding, EU project cycle and grant management, financial management, internal control and accountability systems.

With over 20 years of expertise, the PuntoSud Academy methodology is based on its long-standing and successful experience in designing and delivering training services worldwide.

We deliver our training programs using experimental and adult learning approaches that can be summarised through the following best practices.


Blended training composed by (virtual/ F2F) classroom training, eLearning and webinars combined to provide high competences and master the subjects of interest.

Short live lectures enriched by pools, question-and-answer sessions and quizzes.

Interactive environments (face-to-face) for sharing practical ready-to-use information and tools with participants through participatory and custom-tailored approaches.

Courses tailored on the organisation’s specific needs and preferred methodology. They can take the form of learning plans.

Interactive environments (in a virtual classroom) for sharing practical ready-to-use information and tools with participants through participatory and custom-tailored approaches.

A community of professionals to learn and share information, practices and updates on the EU rules and procedures.

Self-paced courses, based on dynamic presentations, interactive quizzes and case studies.

Constant support and advice on EU grant management rules and procedures.

who for and who with

Organisations benefiting of our training are mainly actors working in implementing humanitarian and development projects (Civil Society Organisations, International Non Governamental Organisations, UN Agencies and International Organisations), private and public Donor Agencies, Universities and Research Institutes.


Training of candidate volunteers of the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps

The European Solidarity Corps programme aims to provide young people, including those with fewer opportunities, with easily accessible opportunities for engagement in solidarity activities, while improving and validating their competences.

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PuntoSud Academy

Through the PuntoSud Academy, for over ten years we have been sharing and disseminating know-how for efficient project design in international development and humanitarian aid, trying to enhance the skills and knowledge of local communities and civil society organisations.

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Training and support services to the DG ECHO staff and partners

For over 15 years we have been supporting The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) so as to facilitate a proper and transparent management of humanitarian interventions and an efficient and effective collaboration between the donor (EU) and the funding recipients (NGOs, International Organisations and Member States’ Specialised Agencies

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