Dear members, The organizers of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance course are now accepting applications for the upcoming 4-week course to take place in Geneva, Switzerland during the month of February 2001. This course offers humanitarian professionals the unique opportunity to analyze current operational issues and explore new or different methods of anticipating or reacting to humanitarian crises. This will be the seventh time the highly successful IDHA course has been offered. As places are limited, we encourage interested candidates to send in their applications soon. THE INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (IDHA 7) Organized by: The Center for International Health and Cooperation, The University of Geneva, Hunter College of the City University of New York, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 4 February - 3 March 2001 ICRC Ecogia Training Centre CH-1289 Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland The IDHA course is designed for experienced field managers from humanitarian organizations. It brings together 42 participants to analyze and explore the cutting edge of operational humanitarian issues and practices in a month-long, residential, intensive course, comprising 200 hours of lectures, case studies, seminars, practical exercises and scenarios. The format is multidisciplinary, seeking insights from many fields which impact on humanitarian programmes, including law and the social and health sciences. The course also emphasizes interactive student participation through both individual and teamwork. The IDHA programme has several goals: -to provide volunteers and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds with a comprehensive insight into the needs of refugees and internally displaced people in acute and chronic settings and to equip them with the awareness, understanding and skills essential for effective service in a humanitarian crisis; -to enable humanitarian workers to function more effectively, both as individuals and members of a team, in acute and chronic situations of conflict and disaster; -to promote cooperation and dialogue between international, governmental or non-governmental agencies involved in humanitarian action (assistance and protection); -to evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice; -to examine ways in which humanitarian crises may be anticipated and prevented. Course Format Highlights: An important aspect of the IDHA program is to promote an approach of 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' composed of people from a wide variety of experiences organizations who will work together as a team for the duration of the course. Case studies are also an important IDHA training tool and focus on examples of acute, escalating and chronic crises. Lessons will be drawn from their origin, evolution, and where appropriate, resolution. Particular attention will be given to the role of the international community in cooperation with local authorities and civil society in attempting to avert and/or respond to these crises. Curriculum Overview: 1. Week of 4 - 10 February: Introduction to Main Actors - Causes and Humanitarian Consequences of Complex Emergencies (Armed Conflicts and Natural Disasters) 2. Week of 12 - 17 February: Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Actions 3. Week of 19 - 24 February: From Emergency to Rehabilitation and Development 4. Week of 26 February - 3 March: Current Crises and Challenges - Relations with the Military and the Media. Syndicate (team) and Individual Examinations Student Entry Qualifications: While principally designed for humanitarian professionals (e.g. UN, ICRC, National Red Cross Societies and NGOS), applicants from other related fields or organizations are welcome. Preference will be given, however, to applicants with humanitarian field experience (emergency or development). University degree or equivalent professional qualification or experience are demanded. Faculty: Experts from the United Nations, Red Cross and Red Crescent, NGO humanitarian agencies. Meetings at the Palais des Nations (UN European Headquarters), World Health Organization (WHO): Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen to and dialogue with top ranking UN, UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Red Cross/Red Crescent and NGO officials as well as leading political, diplomatic and academic figures. Evening Speakers: Throughout the course a number of eminent speakers will be invited for supper and will deliver 30 minute talks. Tutors: Larry Hollingworth (CIHC), Michel Veuthey (CIHC), Tina Joyce (RCSI), Jorge Castilla (MSF), Margareta Wahlstr÷m, (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) Fee: US$ 4,000, includes accommodation and food, tuition exam and diploma fee Diploma: Participants who have successfully completed the course will obtain the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) from Hunter College of the City University of New York, in partnership with the University of Geneva and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland Future IDHA Courses: IDHA 8 New York June 2001 IDHA 9 Geneva, January - February 2002 IDHA 10 New York, June 2002 For an application form and a more detailed course description, please contact: Michel Veuthey Academic Director and Geneva Representative 14 Pierre Longue CH-1212 Geneva Switzerland Mobile phone: +41 - 79 / 469 71 84 Fax: +41 - 22 / 793 56 10 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. 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