Certificate in Humanitarian Response Management

Course Overview

The course focuses on response to crises originating from both conflict zones and natural disasters. It provides an inclusive approach that mirrors the reality of aid operations and informs the reflective processes of both analytical and applied disciplines.

By the end of the course students should be able to develop analytical skills in critically evaluating the idea of humanitarianism and the ways that responses to conflict are organized, justified and implemented; provide critical insights into competing perspectives on how humanitarianism and conflict responses can be understood, analyzed and explained-both from an historiographic and contemporary viewpoint; and students should develop skills in gathering, organizing and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources to be complemented by guidance on how best to manage workloads and obtain research materials.

Classroom teaching will include lectures, class discussions, videos, oral presentations, written assignments and group projects.


Course Content


  • The history of humanitarian aid
  • Research and evaluation methods
  • Conflict analysis
  • Humanitarianism and conflict response
  • Fundamentals of epidemiology
  • Democracy; theory and practice
  • Reconstruction and development
  • Emergency humanitarian assistance
  • Case study to humanitarian responses to crisis
  • Ethics of politics
  • Global governance



After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.


In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments.


DURATION: 3 Months



ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute

LANGUAGE: English and French

FORMAT: Online Learning

GENERAL COURSE CONTACT: info@capacitybuildingonline.com