Welcome to the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action

CERAH is the humanitarian platform in Geneva’s academic environment. In partnership with the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, CERAH offers a variety of trainings and diplomas and conduces multi-disciplinary research on topics of humanitarian action.

Training in Humanitarian Action

CERAH offers a wide range of comprehensive and specialised postgraduate training programmes for professionals active in the humanitarian sector. Learn more:
» CERAH training framework and key benefits
» Available programmes and training courses
» Humanitarian distance learning


Research on Humanitarian Action

CERAH's ambition is to develop opportunities for critical thinking and a platform for researchers from various faculties of the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute (IHEID) and humanitarian organisations. It is our ambition to undertake research critically assessing humanitarian concepts, policies and practices in order to improve humanitarian responses.
» Read more about CERAH's publications and current research project


Events & Conferences

CERAH regularly (co)organises public events, conferences and workshops, aiming to bring debates on major contemporary humanitarian challenges and issues to a broader public. While these events successfully draw from our location and network in International Geneva, CERAH teaching staff, managers and board members extensively participate in worldwide meetings and conferences on topical issues.
» Learn more about events and conferences




Panel on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys

Panel on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys


Expert panelists will break the silence on sexual violence perpetuated against men and boys. The not-to-be-missed event on March 23, co-sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Coordination, ICRC, UNHCR and CERAH.


New visual identity

New visual identity


CERAH's flagship research project proudly wears its brandnew logo. The new visual identity will allow partners, co-creators, contributors and beneficiaries to better identify with the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.


What a great DAS class

What a great DAS class


This year's DAS has come to an end and 27 students are celebrating. "This is an exceptional class that stands in for every student with a huge lot of solidarity and respect" says Jean-Marc Biquet, DAS coordinator at CERAH.


Dissertation on violence in urban settings wins 2016 award

Dissertation on violence in urban settings wins 2016 award


“I am aware that this recognition comes with responsibilities and will require dedication to continue enhancing the humanitarian action in the field.” 2016 Swiss Humanitarian Award winner and recent MAS graduate Oscar Felipe Chavez Aguirre discusses his dissertation and future projects


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An Integrated Teaching Framework

Integrated Teaching Framework for Humanitarian Action

CERAH's educational offer builds on an integrated teaching framework.

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CERAH Activity Report 2015-16

CERAH Activity Report 2014-2015

This document details CERAH's past achievements, as well as commitments for the coming year.

Download the activity report

Research: Encyclopedia
of Humanitarian Action

Geneva Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Action

CERAH's research focuses on the scientific underpinning of the humanitarian sector.

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New courses Communication

testimonial I now feel more confident and comfortable in my position because I better understand the different project designing paths in my organization."

Kouamé ADJOUAMNI was a student of the Certificate of Advanced Studies Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action.

Read his full testimonial.