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Humanitarian Training Courses

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs offers short courses on specific humanitarian interventions for humanitarian workers in locations around the world. Our courses offer unique insight to approaches in humanitarian action rarely taught in traditional educational programs, ranging from mental health or education in emergencies to strategic issues in humanitarian response, forced migration, and human rights, among others.

All graduate courses offered by the IIHA can be taken either as stand-alone training courses in subjects of importance to the participants, or in pursuit of the Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) offered by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Fordham University.

In-Person Courses

Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 20, 2019

Mental Health in Complex Emergencies
Beirut, Lebanon

Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27, 2019

Education in Emergencies
Beirut, Lebanon


Advanced Certificate Program

Sunday, November 17 - Thursday, December 12, 2019

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance
Geneva, Switzerland

Sunday, May 31 - Saturday, June 27, 2020

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance

New York, New York


Online Courses

All online courses run from Monday, October 21 - Sunday, December 1, 2019

Forced Migration: The Humanitarian Challenge of the Decade
In recent years, numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes have reached record highs. More people than ever flee political conflict and persecution, poverty, and climate change-related disasters. In search of livelihoods and safety, migrants find themselves at risk of becoming victims of smugglers or traffickers. In light of an ongoing humanitarian focus on issues of displacement and migration, this course will provide students with historical background and relevant context through an academic lens.

Leadership and Management of a Humanitarian Response
Despite humanitarian agencies' not-for-profit status, they must be managed and administered on sound business principles. Students learn the managerial methods and skills required to become senior managers and directors of humanitarian organizations. Within these roles, such individuals need to work with and manage skilled specialists in various fields.

Holding Humanitarian Responders Accountable
The ability to handle external relations successfully has a growing impact, particularly at higher levels of management, on the ability of organizations to deliver humanitarian assistance. Students are given the knowledge and skills to respond to the various external relationships that enable humanitarian agencies to operate successfully in a competitive and often hostile environment. Through case studies, the course teaches techniques for dealing with politically motivated and highly stressed interlocutors.

Negotiating a Humanitarian Response
Many humanitarian aid professionals believe that negotiation is perhaps the activity in which they spend most of their time in both field and headquarters situations. Almost everything that humanitarian workers need to achieve has to be negotiated with donors, host governments, local structures, communities, beneficiaries, other humanitarian agencies, and their own staff. This course gives students an understanding of negotiation theory as well as practical historical and current applications. It examines all types of negotiations, from roadblocks and negotiations in a situation for access to negotiations for peace agreements far from the conflict. Group scenario-based exercises support theoretical lectures.

Security Management: Delivering Humanitarian Response in Potentially Dangerous Situations
This course is designed to prepare humanitarians to work in high-risk environments; individual practitioners, managers, and security staff. Students completing this course will be able to identify the most common security threats and trends in these risks to allow them to be proactive in reducing their exposure. They will understand the organizational duty of care, how to develop compliant security plans as well as conducting a security risk assessment. The concept of acceptable risk will be presented along with the balancing of security risk with program delivery. Upon gaining an understanding of security planning, students will be introduced to techniques for critical incident management to reduce the impact of such events. In the final module, students will be taught how to better protect themselves during high risk events to increase their chance of survival.