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International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) 50

Organisation: Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Type of event: Training course
Sector: Sector-wide
Country: United States of America
Date: 4 June 2017
Time: Not specified
Free Event: No

Course Description:

In order to enable humanitarian aid workers who are actively engaged in the field to attend the training program, and in an attempt to create a teaching program which reflects the complexity and intensity of the conditions humanitarian workers face, the The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) has been designed as an intensive four-week training program, including more than 200 hours of lectures, presentations, debates, and group work. The intensity and duration of the course enables aid workers who are active in the field to attend with minimal disruption to the operations with which they are involved. Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, seminars, practical exercises, and scenarios. A multidisciplinary approach has been taken, covering the full range of disciplines that are involved in humanitarian programs. These include management, logistics, health, psychology, social sciences, anthropology, communication, agriculture, environment, education, conflict resolution, international law, civil/military relations, security, media, politics, and economics. An important aspect of the IDHA program is promoting cooperation and teamwork rather than competition and individualism. This is encouraged at a personal level in the sharing of expertise as a member of a "syndicate." As a member of one of six different syndicates, participants work together as a team for the duration of the course.

Course Objectives:

1. Provide volunteers and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds with extensive insight into the needs of refugees and internally displaced people in acute and chronic settings and equip them with the awareness, understanding, and skills that are essential for effective service in a humanitarian crises.
2. Enable humanitarian workers to function effectively, both as individuals and members of a team, in acute and chronic situations of conflict and disaster.
3. Promote cooperation and dialogue between international, governmental, and non-governmental agencies involved in humanitarian action (assistance and protection).
4. Evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice.
5. Examine ways in which humanitarian crises can be anticipated and prevented.

Course Highlights:

. Offered three times each year in various locations around the world
. Cost-effective
. Practitioner-led and field-oriented
. Student body of practitioners
. Scenario-based
. Active and engaged alumni network

The The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) offers a limited number of scholarships. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and be currently working within the humanitarian field.

For dates of more upcoming IDHA courses, please visit our Course Calendar.

Advanced Certificate:

The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) has been approved by New York State's Education Department as an Advanced Certificate program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Advanced Certificate from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). This Advanced Certificate is equivalent to 8 graduate level academic credits that are accepted towards our Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action and maybe to other academic institution. Private loans or payment plans may be available to assist in financing the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance Advanced Certificate. This program is not eligible for aid through the United States federal aid programs.

Fee information:
The IDHA is a month-long training program worth 8 academic credits. The total cost of the course is $5,500 USD*. This cost includes tuition, fees, course materials, lodging, and all weekday meals. It does not include transportation or visa costs.


To take this course, please Apply Here

For more details on this course, please visit the IDHA Admissions Page or contact

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