Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in humanitarian programming


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in humanitarian programming

Encouraging activities that increase equality, inclusion and diversity & reflect on power, privilege and intersectionality in 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 course is targeted at people who already have a basic understanding of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and want to broaden their skills and practice applying knowledge.

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 must take the core module as compulsory one, plus at least one of the other 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.


What does the course cover?

Module 1 (CORE MODULE): Power, privilege and intersectionality (compulsory module)

Aim: To deepen your understanding of the dimensions of power, equality and inclusion, and become more aware of the impact of your own biases and behaviours.

Description: In this module you will analyse the meaning of equality, social inclusion, intersectionality 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.


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 


Module 2 (optional): Working with standards and guides to foster equality and inclusion

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. 

Description: 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 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. 


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 Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Quality (AAAQ) framework to analyse barriers to inclusion 


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

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

Description: In this module you will use cases studies and work in groups to apply the 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. 


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

  • Use the Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics (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 


Module 4 (optional): Inclusive mitigation and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV)   

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. 

Description: 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.  


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  


Module 5 (optional): Decolonisation in programmes and leading change 

Aim: This module evaluates how current practices, programmes and/or structures may reflect and/or proliferate colonial views. It also examines how to lead change processes that can support decolonising through programme design, delivery and management. 

Description: 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. 


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 


What the course will not cover:

Feminist leadership, HR, creating an inclusive culture, safeguarding. For online training courses on these subject matters please see:

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.


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.


What is the schedule for live facilitated sessions?

The programme will be run over the three-week period on Mondays and Thursdays starting on 14th November 2022:

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

Monday 14th November 2022, 09:00-11:00 AM (GMT+0)

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

Thursday 17th November 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

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

Monday 21st November 2022, 09:00 AM -12:30 PM (GMT+0)

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

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

Module 5 Decolonisation in Programmes and Leading Change:

Monday 30th November 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.


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.


How much does the course cost?


Core module (compulsory):

£50 (individual fee i.e., for those funding themselves);

£65 (organisational fee i.e, for those being funded by an organisation)

Optional modules (need to register at least for 1): fee per module

£60 (individual fee i.e., for those funding themselves);  

£75 (organisational fee i.e, for those being funded by an organisation)


RedR UK offers special discount rates for staff funded by for local organisations in low and lower-middle income countries. These participants can register by purchasing the Standard Individual ticket.

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR UK Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.


HPass Badge

Upon completion of each module participants 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.

Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

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Course Overview

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