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Humanitarian Action

This DAS aims to develop managers' in-depth critical analysis. It provides participants with a strong understanding of the main conceptual aspects of humanitarian action as well as the capacity to analyse humanitarian context, responses and transversal issues.


  • Analyse the historical, geopolitical and social origins of humanitarian crises.
  • Use methodological and conceptual tools in order to contribute to research and reflection on contemporary humanitarian action.
  • Reflect on one’s own practice
  • Identify the trends and dilemmas for the future humanitarian action


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

Learning outcomes

  • Critical thinking and analysis


The DAS is a full-time executive training of 30 ECTS credits, which is divided into:

a) 1 core curriculum (equivalent to Diploma of Advanced Studies) covering the following topics:

  • History of Humanitarianism
  • Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action
  • Humanitarian Politics
  • Values, Ethics and Moral Problems
  • Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Dynamic of Actors
  • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • From Emergency to Development?
  • People Management and Humanitarian Action
  • Anthropology and Intercultural Approach in Humanitarian Action
  • Communication and Humanitarian Action
  • Security and Safety

The core curriculum takes place from September to December. It is mandatory for all students and is to be taken in Geneva, Switzerland.

b) 1 research method week mandatory for all students and to be taken in Geneva, Switzerland

c) 1 Final paper


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 (IHEID), Geneva


Claire BARTHELEMY, CERAH, University of Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
7 mars 2019