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Disaster Management and Accountability

Learn how and why accountability standards should be applied to disaster management.

Disaster Management and Accountability
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Extra BenefitsFrom $69Find out more
This course is part of the program Disaster Interventions, Evaluation and Learning, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Disaster Management and Resilience. Find out more.

Evaluate the need for accountability and its importance to disaster management

Disasters and armed conflicts cause severe long-term consequences around the world. Addressing public and civil accountability can help reduce the effects of these disasters.

On this course, you will explore the role accountability plays in disaster management by looking at local and global perspectives. You will learn about accountability tools and how they can be applied at different stages of disaster management.

By the end of this course, you will have examined the importance of accountability to a range of stakeholders in disaster management and the humanitarian system.

What topics will you cover?

  • The historical evolution of accountability in disaster management

  • Key elements of accountability

  • The importance of accountability

  • The evolution of accountability in disasters

  • Accountability stakeholder analysis during an emergency

  • Different perspectives on accountability from local to global levels

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...

  • Describe the historical evolution of accountability
  • Explain and define accountability in disaster management
  • Experiment with relevant accountability tools and mechanisms
  • Identify why we need accountability in disaster management

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to learn more about accountability in disaster management. It is ideal for learners from an academic or professional background in humanitarian disaster management, as well as policymakers, researchers, and students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Lecturer in disaster, risk and resilience with 20 years’ experience in disaster risk reduction, policy development, the financial management of disasters, catastrophe insurance and statistics.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Disaster Interventions, Evaluation and Learning, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Disaster Management and Resilience.

The world is changing and so are the types and levels of disasters and conflicts. Explore the topics of disaster intervention, evaluation and learning.