Online certificate programme in disaster management

The IFRC offers a one-year online certificate programme in disaster management in partnership with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS).

Programme description

Application deadline: 31 May 2022, 23:59 IST (GMT + 5.30)
Bursary application deadline: 30 April 2022, 23:59 IST (GMT + 5.30)
Programme start date: 20 June 2022

This online certificate programme in disaster management is offered by the Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Network of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS).

This integrated programme defines humanitarian response within the framework of an understanding of development, with vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as an integral part of development.

It is grounded in the values of justice, equity and social inclusion. It explores the vulnerabilities faced by poor and marginalized communities around the world, including the disproportionate impact that disasters have on them. 

A highly engaged programme team will help guide you through the lessons and assignments, and faculty supervisors will guide you through a research paper. Please note the programme is taught in English.

    Topics covered

    The structure and content of the course have been tailored to the specific needs and context of the Red Cross Red Crescent health and resilience programmes. On completion of this programme, participants should be able to:

    • demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response
    • understand and appreciate the specific contributions of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to the practice and conceptual understanding of disaster management and humanitarian response and their significance in the current context
    • recognize issues, debates and challenges arising from the nexus between the paradigm of development and disasters
    • critically evaluate disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response policy and practice from multiple perspectives
    • develop an understanding of standards of humanitarian response and practical relevance in specific types of disasters and conflict situations
    • critically understand the strengths and weaknesses of disaster management approaches, planning and programming in different countries, particularly their home country or the countries they work in, and
    • respond to disaster risk reduction initiatives and disasters in an effective, humane and sustainable manner

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