Short course Dialogue with Communities 2020

This thematic short course is a full-time executive training, which focuses on the understanding of the opportunities, challenges and limits of engaging into a dialogue with communities to build constructive relationships.



27 April 2020 - 1 May 2020
2 ECTS credits
40 Teaching hours
1 week






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Registration deadline

13 April 2020


Total fees: CHF 1’500.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-

There are no available scholarship for this programme.


  • Describe the role of dialogue to facilitate the design and success of project implementation and apply a real accountability towards affected populations
  • Master the concepts of Dialogue with Communities, Community Engagement, Communication with Communities (CWC), Participation, Accountability, IEC, Acceptance & Perception
  • Analyse the impact acceptance and accountability concerns have on project implementation
  • Define a framework of monitoring and evaluation of communication in a process of community engagement


Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector


  • Information Needs of the Affected Population
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Acceptance
  • Management of Rumors and Risk Communication
  • The Use of Information Technologies
  • Participatory Video
  • Monitoring and Evaluation DWC


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


Actors of development or actors in humanitarian organizations, are you interested in developing the dialogue with communities in a strategic way? Would you like to deepen your knowledge in intercultural communication? Are you curious about the importance of accountability and the present limits of 2-way communication? This short course will be of interest for you.

Pedagogical method

Using lectures, case studies and discussions, the general objective of the seminar is for participants to acquire the tools and skills adapted for effective communication in humanitarian settings.

Admission criteria

  • Capacity of critical, reflective and strategic thinking and analysis.
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required.

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

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