CERAH is a joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) - a unique and innovative academic platform for humanitarian action.

CERAH has been contributing for the past 20 years to the development of the reflection in humanitarian action, both through education and research.  


education in humanitarian action

CERAH offers post-graduate joint degrees IHEID - UNIGE (Master, Diploma and Certificate of Advanced Studies) for humanitarian professionals as well as Short Thematic Courses (TSC). 

Its pedagogical model has been thought and developed around two main purposes:

  • offer the necessary theoretical knowledge to complement the professionals' profile evolving in humanitarian settings,
  • and respond to their need to adjust to a constantly changing and more and more complex environment

It is based on the logic of transferability of the theoretical knowledge into competencies applied directly in a humanitarian professional environment. 


Research on Humanitarian Action

In addition to its training programmes, CERAH is also contributing - through research projects - to the critical analysis and thinking of the humanitarian concepts, policies and practices in order to improve the humanitarian responses. 



CERAH organizes public events, conferences and workshops with the aim to bringing debates on major contemporary humanitarian challenges and issues, to a broader public than its students and partners. 

CERAH's academic staff is also regularly invited to taking part to different international events and fairs and hence, make other actors from the humanitarian action benefit from the Centre's expertise in this field. 




Batoul KAZWINI's successful story

Batoul Kazwini
Follow her stepping stones from Syria through CERAH's Master programme and her commitment with ICRC as delegate in Rwanda - a dream came true. 

CERAH is "a platform which allows people to reflect about themselves and use this to go beyond what they've done. Construct something together with other participants combining reflection, theory and practice (...) and be able to immediately put this in practice (...) I am impressed by Badoul", 

                        Yves DACCORD

                       Director-General of ICRC


Get inspired! Listen to the full testimonial and check the video here 


Dialogue with Communities

Dialogue with Communities

We are pleased to announce the 2018 date for CERAH's Thematic Short Course (TSC) on Dialogue with Communities. 
  • April 16 - 20, 2018

Using lectures, case studies and discussions, the general objective of the seminar is for participants to acquire the tools and skills adapted for effective communication in humanitarian settings.


Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings & Emergencies

Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings & Emergencies


We are pleased to announce the opening for registration of the CERAH's much in demand short course on sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies, developed with expert input from ICRC, MSF, UNHCR, UNFPA, Physicians for Human Rights and Handicap International.



Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2018

Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2018


The Humanitarian Encyclopedia is happy to share with you that we will take part in the HNPW2018. Want to meet the team? Curious about discovering our project? Join our growing community!


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Have you ever been left with the impression that, while we ALL use the SAME words in the humanitarian sector

they DON’T HAVE the same MEANING to all of us?

To explore what humanitarian practitioners perceive as priority concepts, we are launching a consultative survey.


Want to obtain a dual accredited Master degree?

Want to obtain a dual accredited Master degree?


Are you a manager evolving in the humanitarian sector? Want to develop a strong understanding of the central conceptual and operational aspects of humanitarian action? Want to build on the capacity to define and implement strategic responses?

Our Master of Advanced Studies offers you what you need and supports you with scholarships. Take a closer look at it! Hurry up, there are only a few more scholarships left!


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