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International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance 2016 Graduating class

IDHA 48 - New York, June 2016

Course Description

The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) is an intensive four-week, advanced certificate course which reflects the complexity and intensity of humanitarian work. The accelerated program is intended to train aid workers already working in the field and enables its students to attend with minimal disruption to their operations abroad.

The IDHA equips students with:

  • extensive insight to the needs of people affected by conflict and disaster;
  • awareness, understanding, and skills essential for effective service in emergency and protracted humanitarian crises;
  • opportunities to collaborate and network with colleagues working for diverse international, governmental, and non-governmental humanitarian agencies;
  • tools to evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice; and
  • methods for anticipating and preventing humanitarian crises.

Students receive more than 200 hours of lectures from world-renowned humanitarian experts. They are encouraged to actively participate in presentations, debates, case studies, practical exercises, and scenarios alongside their fellow classmates who come with a wealth of expertise. The IDHA promotes cooperation and teamwork - allowing students to actively learn from their diverse classmates and widen their network.

Furthermore, the course takes a multidisciplinary approach by covering a full range of disciplines involved in humanitarian response, including: management, logistics, health, psychology, social sciences, anthropology, communication, agriculture, environment, education, conflict resolution, international law, civil/military relations, security, media, politics, and economics.

Advanced Certificate

Upon successful completion of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, students will receive an Advanced Certificate from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), approved by New York State's Education Department. This Advanced Certificate is equivalent to eight graduate level academic credits that are accepted towards our Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action and maybe to other academic institutions.

Course Director

Larry Hollingworth is the Humanitarian Programs Director for the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and Visiting Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University in New York. Over the past decade, Mr. Hollingworth served as Humanitarian Coordinator on CIHC-supported missions for the United Nations in Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, Palestine, and Pakistan. After serving as a British Army officer for thirty years, Mr. Hollingworth joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and held assignments in Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He was appointed UNHCR Chief of Operations in Sarajevo during the siege of the city in the Balkan conflict. Mr. Hollingworth has also worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 and honored by the U.S Department of State on the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Related to the Status of Refugees in 2011. Mr. Hollingworth is a frequent lecturer on relief and refugee topics in universities and is a commentator on humanitarian issues for the BBC. In his current role as Humanitarian Programs Director, which he has held for over 15 years, Mr. Hollingworth directs humanitarian training courses for participants from or intending to enter the humanitarian aid world. He has directed 48 one-month courses and more than 50 one-week courses, of which there are over 2,300 alumni.


All of the IIHA's course fees have been discounted significantly from the usual cost of Fordham University's tuition in order to accommodate the financial situations of our diverse and international student body. The International Diploma in Humanitarian Affairs costs $5,500 and includes tuition, eight academic credits*, room and weekday meals. This price does not include Fordham University fees, transportation or visa costs.

Private loans or payment plans may be available to assist in financing the IDHA certificate. However, this program is not eligible for aid through United States federal aid programs.

At A Glance: IDHA 48

Representative Syllabus

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