Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field. They have a special responsibility to support their authorities to develop policies that protect vulnerable people, particularly from disasters and crises. The IFRC serves as their representative in global and regional policy fora, working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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Online course in humanitarian diplomacy
In partnership with the DiploFoundation, the IFRC offers a fully virtual course on humanitarian diplomacy—open to any interested humanitarian staff or volunteers.
The course is based on decades of Red Cross and Red Crescent experience, knowledge and insight and helps participants to:
- Understand basic definitions, concepts, actors and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy
- Gain an introduction to international humanitarian law, the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and National Societies' auxiliary role
- Hone their advocacy and negotiation skills
The course lasts for 13 weeks, with 7-10 study hours per week, and costs 990 euros. A number of discounts are available for applicants from developing countries who work or volunteer for their local Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.
The next course begins on 12 September 2022. Those interested must apply before 29 August 2022. For more information, visit the DiploFoundation website.