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Humanitarian Action


  • Analyse and critically review major humanitarian crises, past and present, as well as future challenges, from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Use specialised problem-solving skills integrating knowledge on humanitarian crises acquired throughout the courses
  • Develop creative and flexible procedures to solve problems
  • Formulate and defend an argument taking into account ethical issues and humanitarian principles
  • Take responsibility in challenging and moving contexts by formulating and implementing appropriate, coherent, flexible and creative strategies
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in managing programmes, projects and teams
  • Enhance self-management in a stressful and demanding environment, identifying one’s own strengths and limitations


Professional working in humanitarian action or in development wishing to reflect critically on his own experience in an academic setting
Professional from other sectors wishing to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian system


A core curriculum of 3 months of intensive course work on the theory and fundamental questions of humanitarianism

3 research methodology weeks

2 elective courses on a specialised subject to choose among:

  • Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action (distance learning or residential)
  • Communication, Advocacy and Negotiation for Humanitarian Action
  • Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Legal Environment of Humanitarian Action
  • People Management in Humanitarian Settings

A dissertation on a topic chosen by the participant to submit in June or August

This programme is part of CERAH’s training offer including one MAS, one DAS and one CAS with 5 specialisations.


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