Event Description

Dates and venue : May 6 to 12, 2012 in Barcelona

Disaster Management Training Course

Although disasters cannot be completely avoided, they can be foreseen and planned for. Appropriate measures can be taken to reduce the risk of potential disasters and to minimize their impact with well-prepared responses when disasters do occur. Case study work introduces students to past disasters and crises. In addition to analyzing past mistakes, students are given a clear understanding of disaster management and risk reduction strategies. Students learn how to work with operational and planning teams at all levels, from local to international, and to understand the practical levels of preparedness that can be achieved and maintained. Students also gain the ability to critically appraise existing plans and provide reasoned and well-founded recommendations for improvement.

Looking back on the most recent humanitarian crises, it is clear that there must be a greater understanding of the need for adequate preparation and a quick and focused reaction to disasters, whether they are natural or man-made. In either case, each could lead to a complex emergency that dwarfs the initial problem.
By providing practical expertise and examples of applied knowledge, the Disaster Management Training Course will equip humanitarian aid workers with the skills and tools needed in order to effectively respond to both natural and man-made disasters and resulting complex emergencies. The course utilizes existing strategies and tools, practical exercises, case studies, and interactive multicultural discussion to explore the key issues faced when providing assistance in disaster situations.

Organized by: The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, USA

CIHC-IIHA courses are held yearly in several locations worldwide, such as New York, Berlin, Geneva, Istanbul, Barcelona, Nairobi, and Penang in Malaysia, and all of them are part of the curriculum for the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance offered by Fordham University in New York. Students can take different courses individually or as part of the International Diploma program.

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