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The International Humanitarian System: Perspectives and Practice

Explore a range of approaches to fundraising and operational sustenance for a humanitarian response.

The International Humanitarian System: Perspectives and Practice
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Explore how we deliver an international humanitarian response

This short course considers the systems and strategies that humanitarian responders use to determine how to provide appropriate humanitarian assistance in a way that meets the needs of those affected and maintains the safety and security of operational staff.

The course will look at the international humanitarian architecture at a global and national level and its relationship with national disaster response agencies.

What topics will you cover?

  • The humanitarian reform agenda
  • Collaborative working for an effective response
  • The international humanitarian system at a global and national level
  • Funding a humanitarian response and associated challenges for anticipatory and locally appropriate interventions

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore insights into the international humanitarian coordination system for large-scale emergencies
  • Evaluate the the challenges of coordinating multiple stakeholders in disaster response
  • Assess approaches to funding humanitarian response
  • Explore the main components of international humanitarian architecture at the national and global levels

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who wish to gain a further understanding about humanitarian reform and how the humanitarian system works both at a global and national level.

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 International Disaster Relief and Community Reconstruction

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.

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