• Deakin University

Introduction to Humanitarian Aid

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

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Introduction to Humanitarian Aid
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
This course is part of the program The Humanitarian World, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action. Find out more.

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 organisations trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters.

On this course, you will explore the long history of humanitarianism, learning about the important principles and values that underpin it. You’ll also discover how humanitarianism works across the globe, understanding how responses to disasters are coordinated and learning more about the various bodies involved.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Natural 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.

What topics will you cover?

  • The history of humanitarianism
  • The principles and values that underpin humanitarian action
  • Different actors and how the system works
  • Exploring if localisation is the future of humanitarian action

When would you like to start?

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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.

Who will you learn with?

Daniel McAvoy is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Assistance. He has worked in humanitarian responses in Iraq, Kosovo, Indonesia and the Pacific for a range of organisations.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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endorsed by

save the children

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