Short course Digital innovations in humanitarian action: opportunities and challenges
Period17 October 2022 - 28 October 2022
Registration deadline25 September 2022
Total fees: CHF 1’700.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 700.-
There is no available scholarship for this programme.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
• understand the past and current relation of the aid sector with technical and technological innovations.
• assess the main ideologies that inform the innovation turn in the aid sector and the entanglements between humanitarian governance and tech philanthropy.
• question data extraction, management, and protection by humanitarian organisations.
• differentiate potential uses and sectors for digital innovations, from health to information, translation, logistics, cash and voucher assistance.
• critically examine such innovations’ sociopolitical, ethical and technological challenges and limitations.
• discuss cooperation and collaboration with the private sector and the humanitarian innovations labs where objects and techniques are conceived and implemented.
Professionals from other sectors (donor agency, healthcare workers, communication and media, interpretation and translation, tech startups, engineering, logistics) who wish to increase their understanding of digital innovations in humanitarian contexts.
Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.
Structure of the course
- Rethinking innovation in the aid sector: historical and socio-anthropological perspectives.
- Technological determinism and global philanthropy.
- Ethics and challenges of innovations, data management and protection.
- Sector 1: Digital technologies for healthcare and people on the move.
- Sector 2: New information technologies for risk communication.
- Sector 3: Drones and humanitarian assistance.
- Sector 4: Blockchains and bitcoins in humanitarian programmes.
Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
- motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
- CV (Résumé)
- Copy of your highest diploma
- Work certificate or official document of your current job position
- Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details here
- Scanned copy of passport
More information about the admission process is available on our application page.