Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Humanitarian Programming


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Humanitarian Programming

This course is designed for humanitarian practitioners and leaders who want to encourage behaviours and activities that increase equality, inclusion and diversity and reflect on power, privilege and intersectionality in their programmes.

The programme will be run over the three-week period starting on 21st February 2022. The last facilitated session in this calendar year will be on 9th March 2022.

The course is targeted at people who already have a basic understanding of diversity, equality and inclusion, and want to broaden their skills and practice applying knowledge.

What does the course cover?

Module 1 (CORE MODULE)

Title: Power, privilege and intersectionality (compulsory module)


In this module you will analyse the meaning of equality, social inclusion and diversity in different contexts, programmes and daily interactions. You will have opportunities to reflect on your own power and privilege before participating in a live session. This session explores the limitations of working with marginalised groups in silos and how we can use our power to enable a more intersectional approach in programmes. 

Aim: To deepen your understanding of power dimensions, equality and inclusion, and increase awareness of the impact of your own biases and behaviours. 


By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between equality, social inclusion and diversity.  
  • Analyse your own power and privilege, and how it affects your behaviours and perspectives when working in programmes and operations. 
  • Reflect on the dangers of working in silos with regards to marginalised groups and vulnerability.  
  • Illustrate how an intersectional approach can lead to more effective programmes.

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Module 2 (optional)

Title: Working with standards and guides to foster equality and inclusion


This module prepares you to apply the various standards and guidelines in your work, and to support others to do the same. You will work in groups to explore the standards and decide which to apply to a case study. You will examine the barriers that individuals and communities may face in using and accessing services using the Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Quality (AAAQ) framework. You will evaluate your case study using the Gender and Age marker then reflect on how your identity and power affects your approach to using these tools and decision-making. 

Aim: To be able to navigate the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for older people and people with disabilities (HIS) and IASC Gender handbook, among other humanitarian policies and guidelines. 


By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Navigate the HIS and the IASC Gender Handbook and reflect on their value, relevance and applicability. 
  • Explain how to prioritise and apply standards that need addressing in your work. 
  • Describe the Gender and Age Marker and how to use it. 
  • Recognize aspects of humanitarian programming that comply with Gender and Age Marker key standards. 
  • Use the AAAQ framework to analyse barriers to inclusion. 

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Module 3 (optional)

Title: Embedding Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in programmes


In this module you will use cases studies and work in groups to apply the Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics (GIPP) toolkit and analyse gender, inclusion, power and politics. You will then contrast your work with other types of gender analysis. During debrief, we will apply a critical approach to reflect on GIPP application and feasibility within your own work, whilst also examining your own identity and power dynamics when analysing social and societal structures and behaviours. 

Aim: To evaluate GESI approaches to needs assessment and programme design, including the GIPP guide and toolkit.  This will enable you to deepen your analyses before, during and after programme implementation. 


By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Use the GIPP methodology and toolkit. 
  • Compare and contrast the GIPP approach to other types of gender analysis. 
  • Critique GESI approaches and their application and feasibility in your own work. 
  • Identify additional resources that can be used within programmes to create a safe dialogue with marginalised groups around gender issues .

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Module 4 (optional)

Title: Inclusive mitigation and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV)


This module will explore how to mitigate and respond to GBV in programmes for people of diverse profiles. You will then be guided through a safety audit, introduced to the IASC GBV guidelines and the basics of Psychological First Aid (PFA), including organisations’ obligations to train staff to respond to GBV disclosures. You will work in groups to conduct a vulnerability and capacity assessment. Throughout the module you will reflect on your own practice and power.  

Aim: To equip you with tools and practices to analyse and mitigate the risk of GBV and effectively respond to cases, including with people of diverse genders, sexual orientation, ethnicities, and disabilities. 


By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Conduct a basic vulnerability and capacity assessment to identify at risk individuals and sub-populations.
  • Explain how to conduct an inclusive safety audit.  
  • Navigate guidance to mitigate and respond to GBV, including measures required during COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Respond using a ‘survivor-centred’ approach to GBV disclosures.  

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Module 5 (optional)

Title: Decolonisation in programmes and leading change


This module explores what decolonisation looks like in programmes by identifying actions, behaviours and communications that support colonial world views. Practical approaches to changes in programmes will be explored. The module provides a space to reflect on your own organisation and examine practical ways to lead by example. It provides a foundation to begin difficult conversations about race and the on-going colonial approaches in humanitarian and international development work. 

Aim: To evaluate how current practices, programmes and/or structures may reflect and/or proliferate colonial views; to examine how to lead change processes that can support decolonising through programme design, delivery and management. 


By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise why it is important to reflect on the colonial histories, in the contexts of your work. 
  • Identify behaviours and approaches that support colonial world views and associated power imbalances. 
  • Examine practical approaches to instigate change and shift the power within your programmes. 
  • Plan and role play challenging conversations about race, identity and power.  
  • Reflect on yourself and your organisation with regards to emotions, feelings and behaviours associated with (de)colonisation 

To register to this module, please click on the link below:


What does the course not cover?

Feminist leadership, HR, creating an inclusive culture, safeguarding.

If you are new to this topic, you will need to complete the UNWOMEN IASC e-learning on Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action before starting this course. This is a free online training.


How does it work?

This course offers a flexible, modular approach to online learning. There is one core module that introduces the concepts, and then four optional modules. You can select any of the four optional modules depending on your needs and develop your own learning journey at a pace that suits you.

If you have any doubts about which modules are best for you, please contact RedR UK for guidance.

Course structure

This course is a blended learning programme comprising the following:

Core module (compulsory)

  • Facilitated live session - 2 hours
  • Self-paced learning - 1 hour
  • Facilitated group works & discussion - 1 hour

Optional modules

  • Facilitated live session - 3.5 hours
  • Self-paced learning - 1.5 hours
  • Facilitated group works & discussion -1.25 hours

Time commitment required is 4 hours for the core module and 6.25 hours for each of the optional modules. The expected time commitment for all five modules is 29 hours.

Where is it hosted?

The live online sessions are hosted on Zoom. We recommend joining via the Zoom app. Participants may join the training via a browser, although the browser offers limited access to some of the interactive features of the training.

Participants will be expected to have a stable internet connection and to actively participate in all facilitated sessions.

Self-paced learning, facilitated group works and discussion will be on RedR UK’s eLearning platform. Participants will receive instructions on how to join the course with guidance on after registration.

What is the schedule for live facilitated sessions?

The programme will be run over the three-week period starting on 21st February 2022. The last facilitated session in this calendar year will be on 9th March 2022.

Core Module Power, Privilege and Intersectionality (compulsory module):

21 February 2022, 09:00-11:00 AM (GMT+0)

Module 2. Working with Standards and Guides to Foster Equality and Inclusion:

24 February 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

Module 3. Embedding Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in programmes:

1 March 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

Module 4. Inclusive Mitigation and Response to Gender Based Violence (GBV):

3 March 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

Module 5 Decolonisation in Programmes and Leading Change:

9 March 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

All live session times are in accordance to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Facilitated sessions will include 30 min of break.

How much does the course cost?

Core module (compulsory):

  • £80 (individual fee i.e., for those funding themselves);
  • £100 (organisational fee i.e, for those being funded by an organisation)

Optional modules (fee per module):

  • £120 (individual fee i.e., for those funding themselves);  
  • £150 (organisational fee i.e, for those being funded by an organisation)

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer 10% discount for local NGOs – limited seats. Please email training@redr.org.uk for further details. We also offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR UK Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.


For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next course. If the applicant chooses to transfer and then cancels their booking again, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered. For bookings cancelled one to ten working days* before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm). Please see our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

HPass Badge

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for a HPass Badge, a digital indicator of achievement, and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience in the humanitarian sector. You can find more information on HPass Badges here.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR UK are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email training@redr.org.uk at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR UK about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
1 day