Event Description

Dates and venue: February 2 to March 1, 2014 in Barcelona

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) 42

The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) is an intensive, four-week training program, including more than 200 hours of lectures, presentations, debates, and group work, which caters to a wide range of humanitarian aid professionals. The course provides participants with both an academic and practical orientation to current issues in the humanitarian field. It is designed to allow aid workers who are active in the field to attend with minimal disruption to their current operations. The IDHA addresses a wide range of disciplines that are involved in humanitarian programs. Among these are management, psychology, anthropology, communication, environment, education, conflict resolution, international law, civil/military relations, politics, and economics.

Course Highlights

  • Flexible and cost-effective
  • Practitioner led and field oriented
  • Student body of practitioners
  • Scenario based
  • Active alumni network

An important aspect of the IDHA program is promoting cooperation and teamwork rather than competition and individualism. This is encouraged at a personal level in the sharing of expertise as a member of a “syndicate.” As a member of one of six different syndicates, participants work together as a team for the duration of the course.

Objectives: (1) to provide volunteers and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds with extensive insight into the needs of refugees and internally displaced people in acute and chronic settings and equip them with the awareness, understanding, and skills that are essential for effective service in a humanitarian crises, (2) to enable humanitarian workers to function effectively, both as individuals and members of a team, in acute and chronic situations of conflict and disaster, (3) to promote cooperation and dialogue between international, governmental, and non-governmental agencies involved in humanitarian action (assistance and protection), (4) to evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice, and (5) to examine ways in which humanitarian crises can be anticipated and prevented.

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


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