The course is intended to provide students with a thorough introduction to Netherlands 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.
The course continues by exploring key considerations regarding the implementation of humanitarian assistance, early warning systems, operational systems such as timely response, unhindered access, funding, coordination and cooperation, political considerations, the relationship between humanitarian assistance and longer term sustainable development. In doing so it looks at the many actors that play a part in providing humanitarian assistance ranging from the United Nations to non-governmental actors.
The course outlines the framework of Netherlands human rights law and other branches of Netherlands law relevant to humanitarian assistance including Netherlands humanitarian law and refugee law. It also presents with a brief history and the main elements behind the notion of human security, humanitarian reform as well as the importance of coherence within the UN system.
The course also considers those who are specifically affected by humanitarian crises and specific approaches to respond to their situations. It looks at protection and assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons; and the special needs of particularly vulnerable groups including women and children.
The topics to be covered include the following;

  • Practical and conceptual problems
  • Root causes: breakdown of societies
  • Victims, beneficiaries or participants: local populations, internally displaced people and refugees
  • Rebuilding reconsidering; linking relief and development
  • Why interventions
  • Outside actors: the military

Course Begins on 1st of every month for three months.
Course Level: Certificate Course
Cost: Amount USD 400
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