Jul 10th 2017

Disaster Management: Introduction to Humanitarian Aid (FutureLearn)

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Learn the basic principles and approaches to responding to humanitarian emergencies with this free online course. Earthquake, flood, fire, famine and conflict — we seem to be hearing more about these things every day, and watching as they impact communities all over the world. Fortunately, there are many organisations made up of dedicated people who are trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters.

In this course you’ll learn about some of the basic principles that guide humanitarian responses and the different approaches humanitarian teams use in disaster situations.

Explore the history of disaster management and humanitarian action

Humans have had to cope with disaster for thousands of years, but how have our responses changed over time? In this course we’ll answer this question by looking at the history of disaster management and humanitarian action.

Examine the principles of humanitarian action

There are certain principles and codes of conduct associated with disaster management and humanitarian action. We’ll examine and evaluate these to discover how they provide vital guidance for organisations and workers in the humanitarian sector.

Discover how responses to disaster are coordinated

When disaster strikes a swift response is critical, but when there’s lots of teams and organisations involved and funding to be managed this can be tricky. We’ll look at the complex relationship between responders and donors in humanitarian organisations and how funding is handled in complex humanitarian emergencies.

Learn from the experts

Deakin University works closely with organisations such as Save the Children to help train humanitarian leaders across the globe. Together Deakin University and Save the Children have established the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. Deakin and Save the Children are internationally renowned for the quality of their programs and research in this field.

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