HDL: Humanitarian Distance Learning

Humanitarian Distance Learning (CERAH-HDL) is a distance-learning programme offering accredited interdisciplinary courses for professionals in the humanitarian sector.

CERAH has developed the Humanitarian Distance Learning (HDL) programme to offer modular, flexible and skill-oriented continuing education courses for professionals working or seeking to work in the humanitarian sector, regardless of where in the world they are based. Courses have been designed for humanitarian personnel operating at both head offices and in the field as well as for expatriate and national staff. A special emphasis of the courses is to build competencies amongst national staff in countries in crisis.

The HDL programme provides opportunities for managers, project managers and/or teams in NGOs or international organisations involved in humanitarian work to develop an individual, accredited training portfolio, geared to obtaining ECTS credits as defined in the Bologna agreements.

The HDL training offer has been developed building on CERAH's network of partnerships with some of the largest humanitarian organisations as well as drawing on CERAH's extensive experience in teaching and research on humanitarian action since 1998. The HDL forms an integral part of positioning and consolidating CERAH as an internationally recognised, academic teaching and research centre for humanitarian issues.

Humanitarian Distance Learning Programmes

As part of the HDL programme, the CERAH currently offers two Certificates of Advanced Studies. It is also launching on May 18th, its first massive open online course (MOOC) called "Humanitarian communication, addressing key challenges".

Humanitarian Distance Learning: Designing Strategies and Projects in Humanitarian Action

HDL Designing Strategies and Projects in Humanitarian Action
February 13 to October 08, 2017

8 months course, including 2 residential weeks in Kampala, Uganda (in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières and Groupe URD)

Humanitarian Distance Learning:  People Management in Humanitarian Action

People Management in Humanitarian Action
April 24 to June 09, 2017

7 weeks course, including 3 weeks distance learning (in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières)

Communication in the midst of humanitarian action

MOOC Humanitarian Communication: Addressing Key Challenges
ongoing (to be repeated throughout academic year)

5 weeks open online course, 3-4 hours per week of work, focusing on the main challenges of communication in humanitarian action and the means to address these challenges.