Harvard University: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

* Duration: 5 weeks/ 3-4 hours per week
* Free online course
* Start date: Self-Paced

This course seeks to prepare learners to recognize and analyze emerging challenges in the humanitarian field. The course explores the ethical and professional principles that guide humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Participants will learn the legal and historical frameworks that shaped these principles, test their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today. Through four case studies covering the responses to crises participants will engage with Harvard faculty, current practitioners, and one another. These cases introduce major trends affecting the current landscape of humanitarian response – including rapid population displacement, violence against aid workers, and civil-military engagement. Thoughtfully engaging with this course will prepare participants to be informed and aware humanitarian practitioners, scholars, policy-makers, and global citizens.

What will you learn:

- Legal and historical frameworks shaping the professionalization of the humanitarian field;
- An applied understanding of the principles guiding humanitarian response and the tensions that arise
  when operationalizing these principles in modern crises;
- How to recognize and adapt to major trends affecting the scope and implementation of humanitarian

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