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Community Participation in Emergency Response

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international diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance (IDOHA)
Community Participation in Emergency Response

2 credits
The humanitarian aid community must cooperate with the national authorities to build or rehabilitate the basic infrastructure needed for access, shelter and the provision of life-sustaining services. This work often has to be carried out on an emergency basis in far from ideal circumstances. This course offers advanced knowledge of the technical requirements for the infrastructure needed in humanitarian emergencies. Students are exposed to vital managerial decisions they must consider as they supervise teams of technical experts. After implementing immediate infrastructure needs, humanitarian agencies are responsble for providing a range of basic services until either the service is no longer required, the population has returned to its place of origin, or governmental agencies develop the means and manpower to provide the services. This phase is often known as “care and maintenance”. Students acquire a clear understanding of the implications of these “open ended commitments” to a population and potential exit strategies.

This course is required for the IDOHA module of the MIHA. If interested in pursuing the MIHA, please apply here.

To take this course individually, independent of the Masters, follow this link.

For the dates and the location of our next Community Participation in Emergency Response course, please visit our calendar.

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 West 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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