Certificate in Disaster Management
Globally, disasters are on the increase, impacting communities and nations with grave social and economic consequences and threatening the survival, dignity and livelihoods of the vulnerable sections of their populations. Shifting socio-economic situations, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation, climate variability and change, geological hazards, competition for scarce natural resources, and the threat of epidemics are factors that compound the impact of disasters.
Disasters increasingly impact the global economy and the sustainable development of developing countries. In 2011, 332 natural disasters were registered, less than the average annual disaster frequency observed from 2001 to 2010.
This integrated program defines humanitarian response within the framework of an understanding of development, with vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as an integral part of development. This program recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by the poor and marginalized and the disproportionate impact of disasters endured by them in the developing world. In this programme, the study of disaster risk reduction, disaster response and post-disaster recovery will be grounded in the values of justice, equity and social inclusion.
This course addresses all stages of disaster management in a comprehensive and holistic manner; including;
- Pre-disaster preparedness and mitigation,
- Rescue and relief in the context of disaster and
- Post-disaster rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery.
This course is designed to impart domain knowledge, capacities and skills to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response
- Recognize issues, debates and challenges arising the relationship between 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.
In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments, one every month.
Course duration: 3 months
Course fee: €500
Regions targeted: Global
All materials are made available through our online learning platform
Language: English and French