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ABOUT THE COURSE
This Urban Humanitarianism online course gives participants exposure to the necessary skills and knowledge that development and humanitarian professionals need in order for them to work effectively in urban environments, and particularly in the early stages of an urban emergency.
In an ever-urbanising world, aid agencies and relief work must too shift to being more effective and adaptable to working in urban areas, and those operating in the spaces must understand the unique challenges that urban environments present. For example, it is crucial for effective urban disaster response to build strong relations with national and municipal authorities as well as private sector services suppliers, and to work within existing legislation and long term plans for the cities. Working with communities is as important as ever, but communities are less tightly defined and engagement becomes more complex: communities are unlikely to be geographically-identified but instead based around common interests or, for instance, income opportunities. This Urban Humanitarianism course aims to explore and develop these key skills and knowledge of a humanitarian to effectively work in the early stages of an urban emergency.
Sessions covered will include:
• An introduction to urban disasters
• Defining and targeting affected populations in an urban context
• Urban stakeholders in emergencies and communications
• Coordination approaches for urban emergencies
• Multi-sector assessments in urban environments
• An introduction to market assessments and cash and voucher programming
The total cost of the six week e-facilitated course is £333 per person.
Participants should have at least two years’ experience working in emergency response. This may or not be in an urban environment, but participants should have an interest in working in an urban emergency response. This course presupposes a working knowledge of basic humanitarian principles.
The duration of the facilitated on-line course is 6 consecutive weeks where all activities take place on-line. It is expected that you spend around three to five hours per week on participating in team activities and completing individual tasks. Most of the activities are asynchronous, meaning you can log in when convenient for you, whether that is during the working day, in the evening at home or while travelling. However, there will be some webinars where a time will be scheduled and participants will need to be available to participate in tasks; this will cater to different time zones and working schedules.
The most important thing is that participants are fully committed to completing the course and sharing their own experiences with the other participants they will be working with. The maximum number of participants is 24.
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