HUMANITARIAN INSTITUTE.

Humanitarian Institute at Changemaker International prepares current and future aid workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to humanitarian situations. The following are the courses on offer. Our courses run for three months with 2 months of humanitarian situation (optional)

Objective: Empowering Humanitarian Workers Worldwide

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HI001 Certificate Course in Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies

Changes in demographics, patterns in human settlement, decisions in land use and political and social policy dynamics have augmented vulnerability to natural as well as man-made disasters and emergencies.

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When a disaster strikes, if not addressed well, then they can render an organization, a community or even a country dysfunctional. It only takes few minutes to bring down developments that have been made through many years, funds, as well efforts. With the ever increasing magnitude of the effects of disasters due to climate change, urbanization, industrialization and terrorism, disaster risk management should be embedded in organizational culture and structures.

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This course focuses on the basic principles of personal and interpersonal leadership that can be used in situations where the audiences are in a humanitarian situation. Emphasis will be placed on vision, goals and objectives, motivation, decision making, dealing with change and diversity issues. The audience has found self in that situation either because of bad leadership, food or any other humanitarian condition.

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Security is very important for humanitarian projects to succeed.People who work as humanitarians are frequently exposed to insecure environments due to lawlessness, political instability and armed conflict. Humanitarian workers should be aware of their own personal safety whether ‘working in a hostile or relatively safe situation.

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In any emergency situation, it’s very hard to manage people, and the success of any humanitarian response in any humanitarian situation depends on how effective management of the crisis. Various teams from various organizations including security, health, intelligence, media are present in humanitarian response grounds and coordinating all this groups calls for sobriety in handling the emergence at hand.

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This course will acquaint the students on how humanitarian practice is funded and how employees ought to be responsible to any monies that they are provided for to take care of humanitarian situations. The course is hinged on values, ethics and practices that underpin humanitarian action.

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The complexity and unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies requiring a health response have resulted in an increased demand for competent humanitarian healthcare providers. The course aims at providing knowledge, strategies and tools to work as a medical personnel in a humanitarian situation.

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This course aims at discussing the relevance of providing accommodating shelter and even settlement in cases where natural disasters happen. As the number and complexity of disasters is growing, governments and international organizations are making great efforts in increasing their technical and financial preparedness in addressing disasters whence reducing risk and vulnerabilities as well as adapting to changes in climate. The course aims at equipping learners with skills and knowledge on how to respond to needs of shelter when a natural disaster happens.

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The increasing number and complexity of disasters has made specialization and coordination both important and challenging. Many organizations provide human aid, whether in immediate response to a disaster or after some time. United Nations bodies, local and international non-governmental organizations and host governments, donors military and commercial service providers are all involved in one form or another.

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Delivery of appropriate supplies, in the required amounts, at the appropriate places and time when required in good condition are the basic tasks of logistics and supply chain management. In times of crisis there is need for relief services and the same crises cause disruption to transportation services a major impediment in logistics. The course is intended to provide students with an understanding and practical use of global logistics and supply chain management in disaster management.

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Rapid expansion of a number of humanitarian actors in the recent years due to increased number of crises, working for or with governments in all complex situations, renders humanitarian diplomacy very important. The main agenda behind humanitarian diplomacy is to mobilize public and governmental support and even resources for humanitarian operations and programs so as to facilitate effective partnerships for responding to the needs of vulnerable people.

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This course is for already established professionals who would want to engineer change in our societies that are marred each day with one form of a crisis or another. Every person in his/her place of work should be prepared to offer aid in one form or the other if disaster sets in. the course aims at equipping the learners with innovative solutions to challenges which might be considered demanding.

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The course is intended to provide students with a thorough introduction to international humanitarian assistance covering legal aspects and major practical and policy considerations with regard to implementation. It is practitioner oriented with a strong foundation in both academic theory and current events.

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The main aim of the course is to support efficient, effective and coordinated humanitarian response through the sharing of operational information. Students are supposed to garner first skills in human rights, livelihoods, sphere standards, and international humanitarian law.

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Any form of aid to be appropriated to them to render their lives normal have to be accounted for and before this stage there is the issue of sourcing for funds from donors, the host government, local community, beneficiaries and even other humanitarian agencies.

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The course overviews the similarities and the differences between commercial supply chains and humanitarian relief chains, introduces performance metrics and provides tools for analysis and design of supply chains for humanitarian organizations.

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This course introduces students to international and regional systems and standards for protection of asylum seekers from the perspectives of history, legal, theory and practical. It also examines the escalating challenges for refugee protection resulting from a mixed migration, and rising xenophobia.

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It is always important to take care of those who have special interests in any situation of any emergency. It will provide practical orientation and training to equip participants to establish and organize programs in mental health and psychosocial support and fortify applicable skills for use in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief situations, such as needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and security. This course is meant to equip learners with discernments and competence in establishing mental health and psychosocial programs in conflict areas.

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Education remains a global challenge especially in the emergency context which records as many as 40 million children living in countries are affected by conflicts and fragility. The report postulates that in the next 10 years over 175 million children will be affected due to climate-related disasters.

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Humanitarian actions should be guided by principles of humanity, the centrality of saving human lives and alleviating suffering wherever it is found, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. The most fundamental objective of any humanitarian action is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for the occurrence of such situations.

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The increasing complexity, scale and scope of humanitarian action calls for enhanced professionalism to manage humanitarian programs and projects. Professionals working in humanitarian organizations are required to be equipped with a number of competencies to be able to deliver services they are called for in a diligent manner.

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The ultimate test of an organization’s communication skill is how it deals with a corporate or organizational crisis. It is not difficult to see why there is an expanding media which is tough on what it regards as management incompetence; shareholders and customers becoming more demanding; legislation and regulation is being strengthened and there is greater commercial competition.

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A pressing task facing the international community is to meet the growing challenge presented by colossal humanitarian problems which are either left without a solution or inadequately dealt with under existing law and practice. Despite considerable progress in recent decades in the humanitarian field, especially through the United Nations and other international bodies, existing legal instruments and their implementation reveal certain gaps and imperfections.

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Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance remains an elusive doctrine in the leadership on humanitarian organizations and it is very important for such organizations to be led with a lot of integrity. This course will address some of the issues that are widely perceived as a coordination dilemma in humanitarian affairs and argues for a new conceptualization of the issues.

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Human displacement created by conflict, ethnic cleansing, and politically induced famine often emerges unannounced, rendering it difficult to plan for in the first instance. Responding to humanitarian emergencies is fraught with difficulties from the outset. In any crises, different genders and different ages of people are prone to suffering in different aspects and therefore the kind of help to be given to these different categories differs across the lines.

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There has been a change in the recent past and human rights in an armed conflict zone is a national and global issue that has been integrated into politics, military practice and international jurisprudence. For too long the topic of human rights in armed conflict was confined to theorists’ study rooms and was dealt with in academic discussions with little impact on policy choices in matters of warfare or on the reality of a battlefield. The trend needs to be connected with legal theory and be embedded in broader considerations of laws which govern conflict and violence of various forms.

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Statistics show that there are more than 27.5 million internally displaced people worldwide, an alarming figure as they are more than double the number of refugees globally. This group of people is more vulnerable to human abuses as compared to refugees due to a limited number of legal instruments that are concerned with them. IDPS normally run away from armed conflict, generalized violence, human rights violations and even natural disasters that are as a result of climatic changes. All the fore mentioned factors are still escalating globally more so issues to deal with climatic changes as well as armed conflicts in terms of terrorism and the number of IDPs is going up each day.

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Persons are forced to leave behind their homes, property and lifestyle to places where there might be discrimination, isolation and struggle to meet basic needs. It is very hard sometimes to loose or have a disconnect between self, loved ones and property that one has worked for, for a very long time. Migration can be be it voluntarily or forced- as a result of war, conflicts, natural disasters- can have tormenting effects to an individual’s social and psychological life.

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In recent times however it has been noted that women are not considered in peace building missions neither is their voice considered in conflict negotiations or conflict resolutions missions despite them being the most affected population when a crisis strikes.

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The course aims at equipping learners with skills required to coordinate a shelter response in a humanitarian crisis caused by natural disasters, a conflict or a combination of both. It will provide learners with an overview of the humanitarian reform process and the transformative agenda, the interagency cluster approach, the role of the shelter cluster and the principles and practice of shelter coordination.

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Shifting socio-economic situations, unplanned urbanisation, environmental degradation, climate variability and change, geological hazards, competition for scarce natural resources, and the threat of epidemics are factors that compound the impact of disasters. Globally, disasters are on the increase, impacting communities and nations with grave social and economic consequences and threatening the survival, dignity and livelihoods of the vulnerable sections of their populations.

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