Certificate in Introduction to Urban Humanitarianism

Course Overview

By 2040, 45 billion, almost fifty percent of the world’s population are predicted will  live in towns and cities of low income countries. Within the urban settlements almost half of the population is likely to live in informal settlements. Whilst presenting their inhabitants with an array of opportunities, informal settlements are often located in hazardous areas, lacking access to basic services, and highly vulnerable to a range of risks. . Providing sustainable protection for displaced people in urban areas will mean engaging politically with municipal authorities and integrating people of concern into urban governance systems.

Increasingly these populations also include refugees or those who are displaced by conflict, natural disasters and other drivers.

One of the foremost challenges in protecting displaced populations beyond camps is the difficulty of improving protection for the displaced without building unsustainable and potentially problematic parallel systems of service delivery


Course Content

  • An introduction to urban disasters
  • Coordination approaches for urban emergencies
  • Multi-sector assessments in urban environments
  • Defining and targeting affected populations in an urban context; establishing rapport with them during emergencies
  • The working relations of urban stakeholders in emergencies
  • Urban stakeholders in emergencies and communications
  • Assessment of markets, cash and voucher programming


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