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Introduction to Humanitarian Aid

Discover the history of humanitarian aid and the principles and values that underpin it.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introduction to Humanitarian Aid

Explore guiding principles and approaches used by humanitarian teams.

Earthquake, flood, fire, famine and conflict — we seem to be hearing more about these things every day, and watching as they impact communities all over the world. Fortunately, there are many organisations made up of dedicated people who are trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters.

  • Explore the history of humanitarianism
  • Examine the principles and values that underpin humanitarian action
  • Learn about the different actors and how the system works and
  • Explore if localization is the future of humanitarian action

The course provides a free introduction to Deakin University’s postgraduate degree in Development and Humanitarian Action which can be done entirely on FutureLearn.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsNatural and human-induced disasters, or increasingly, a combination of both, can strike populations with little or no warning and have potentially catastrophic results. Whether caused by the earthquake, famine, disease, extreme weather conditions, conflict, or a combination of these, disasters and displacement can have wide-ranging and devastating impacts on entire communities. I'm Associate Professor Phil Connors from Deakin University and the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. According to the United Nations, the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance has doubled in the past decade.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds The need for clearly focused and coordinated approaches to disaster management is increasingly important, and addressing the worldwide demand for better preparation, response, and recovery from humanitarian disasters, Deakin University in partnership with Save the Children are pleased to offer you an opportunity to make a difference by participating in its free online course. Examine the codes of conduct associated with disaster management and how various humanitarian response teams come together to work with affected communities. Discover how operations are managed in complex emergencies and how to navigate the relationship between various stakeholders.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Whether you work in the humanitarian sector or simply have an interest in humanitarian issues, please join me in what promises to be a compelling and thought-provoking learning experience by enrolling in this free online course.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the history of humanitarianism
  • Identify the key principles and values associated with humanitarian action and management
  • Describe the role of the different actors and their relationship before, during and after a humanitarian response.
  • Identify the future of humanitarian action and the role of localisation.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for those working in the humanitarian sector and those interested in humanitarian issues and leadership but there are no special requirements.

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Who will you learn with?

Phil Connors

Associate Professor Phil Connors is co-Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership and Course Director for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance.

Matthew Clarke

Professor Matthew Clarke is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Australia. He has more than two decades experience working in the development sector.

Sophie Perreard

Sophie Perreard is Lecturer in Humanitarian Assistance. She works at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership at Deakin University and has over 13 years of experience in the humanitarian sector.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £79.00

Statement of Participation £49.00

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