Humanitarian Practise Course

From Monday, 28 Nov 2016 to Friday, 02 Dec 2016

This five-day course, widely recognized by humanitarian aid agencies, helps participants gain a reference frame in humanitarian response tasks, modes and profession. The course increases human practice principles and produces well-grounded, more efficient and effective aid staff able to assert themselves not only in disaster preparedness but also in disaster response competence. This course instills basic humanitarian skills and confidence needed in humanitarian sector and outlines new trends in humanitarian responses for disasters and conflicts for persons affected with focus on the African context.

The Goal of the course is to create a supportive learning environment for multidisciplinary humanitarian needs response to large populations in disaster as well as conflict situations. This include humanitarian context, underlying causes, and dynamics that make populations vulnerable. Topics covered during the course include disaster management, IHL, Protection of women, humanitarian ethics & principles, human rights law and security for aid workers.Participants apply developed tools and frames to examine and analyse specialised humanitarian cases within protection, programming, monitoring and evaluation frameworks to provide sustainable humanitarian solutions. Communities in different humanitarian responses will be studied and participants encouraged to adapt and apply charitable concepts and skills to meet beneficiaries’ needs.

Course Dates 28th November – 02nd December, 2016 Nairobi, Kenya

Organisation: Kenya Red Cross (International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs) and the University of York.

Course Objectives

  1. Examine nature of humanitarianism today and understand the different mechanisms to respond to humanitarian needs locally and globally.
  2. Understand the social, political and economic contexts that affect humanitarian policy and practice.
  3. Critically engage with the past, present and potential future of the humanitarian discourse.
  4. Examine the inter –relation of protection, assistance and humanitarian responses and understand different ways to develop robust protection frameworks.
  5. Evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice.
  6. Examine ways in which humanitarian crises can be anticipated and prevented.


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