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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

Coming Soon for Fall 2020


Advanced Certificate Program

Sunday, May 31 - Saturday, June 27, 2020

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance

New York, New York


Online Courses

All online courses run from Monday, March 16 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

Delivering Humanitarian Response in Dangerous Situations
This course is designed to prepare humanitarians - individual practitioners, managers, and security staff - to work in high-risk environments. Students completing this course will be able to identify the most common security threats and trends in these risks, allowing them to be proactive in reducing their exposure. They will understand the organizational duty of care, learn how to develop compliant security plans, and conduct a security risk assessment. The concept of acceptable risk will be presented, as will the idea of balancing 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.

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.

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.

Cash, Commodities, and Services in a Humanitarian Response
For decades, humanitarian assistance was delivered by the supply of commodities and services, often by international humanitarian organizations. More recently, technological advances have made it practical, and cost-effective, to provide humanitarian assistance through cash transfers. This development has both been welcomed as the new way forward and viewed with some suspicion by others who view it as lacking in accountability. This course will examine the roles played by cash transfers, commodities, and services in response to humanitarian crises, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. The course will also examine the mechanisms now in place for the further development and regulation of cash transfers.