Diploma in Humanitarian and Development Studies

    Humanitarian disasters will continue to occur around the world, and there is a continuous need for skilled humanitarian workers. In addressing humanitarian crises, the international community has long understood the need to extend beyond providing immediate relief, and to engage with long-term recovery activities and the prevention of similar crises in the future. However, this continuum from short-term relief to rehabilitation and development has often proved difficult to achieve. This course aims to shed light on the continuum of humanitarian crisis management, particularly from the viewpoint of major bilateral donors and agencies. Focusing on cases of armed conflicts and disasters, the course describes the evolution of approaches and lessons learnt in practice when moving from emergency relief to recovery and prevention of future crises.

    The programme responds to the need for qualified workers in disaster relief and development, in government and non-government agencies involved in humanitarian operations and development practice; addressing challenges and opportunities associated with various forms of national and international migration; public health programming, preparedness and response; and building the resilience of vulnerable populations. The purpose of the programme is for the practical application of specialized theoretical knowledge in humanitarian and development contexts.


    1. Public Health in Complex Emergencies (Advanced)
    • Public Health and Communicable Disease Control;
    • Sexual violence; Torture;
    • Mental Health.
    1. Emergency and Disaster Management
    • Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis
    • Disaster Preparedness and Response
    • Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
    • Reporting, Information and Documentation in Disasters
    1. The Humanitarian Arena
    • Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Fragile States
    • Natural Disasters, Global Climate Change
    • International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Ethics and Codes of Conduct
    1. Process towards stability and sustainable development
    • The role of the military in humanitarian interventions
    • Peacekeeping, peace-building and peace-making
    • Post conflict rehabilitation and demobilization; Child Soldiers
    • Managing the transition to sustainable development

    Training Format: 

    • All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform

    • Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

    Materials Provided: 

    Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


    In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of every month.

    Duration of course – 6 months


    Courses Fees € 800

    To register for course, please contact:

    Online Training Coordinator

    Africa Institute for Project Management Studies

    Email: info@africadevelopmentresources.org

    Website: www.africadevelopmentresources.org