Conferences & Workshops on Humanitarian Action - CERAH Geneva

Upcoming and Latest Events and Conferences

CERAH organises and participates in numerous conferences and workshops throughout the year. The events offer the public to join debates on major contemporary humanitarian challenges and issues. Providing a forum for reflection and debate with researchers and practitioners, the events are typically open to the public and free of charge.

CERAH's Professional Humanitarian Corner

Like every year CERAH organizes a job and networking event for an with CERAH students and partner organizations.

When: Friday, March 31, 2017, from 14:30PM to 18:30PM

Where: CERAH offices, 22 rue Rothschild, Geneva

Its triple win constellation makes the Humanitarian Professional Corner quite unique: students and alumni find support in their career plan, meet HR representatives from various humanitarian organizations and get valuable insights about job opportunities and recruitment requirements.

Partner organizations get a privileged access to CERAH students and regularly seize the opportunity to not onle present themselves but recruit qualified staff for the future.

And hosting the yearly event is for CERAH a pleasant moment of networking and listening to market needs and tendencies.


Session 1: Overview
Overview by CERAH staff on the general trends in recruitment professes in the humanitarian sector, tips and tricks for CVs and interviews

Session 2: Insights
Presentations by representatives of selected humanitarian organizations on the types of profiles that they seek

Session 3: Speed-dating
Representatives of various organizations meet and discuss with students.


Panel Discussion: Sexual Violence against Men and Boys - Breaking the Silence

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00

Where: Humanitarium, 17 avenue de la paix, 1202 Geneva

Sexual violence is a burning issue in the humanitarian response, but what about the impact on men and boys who are victims of sexual violence? Stigma, homophobia, and traditional gender roles make reaching male survivors especially challenging. In this panel, leading experts will discuss emerging approaches to reaching men and boys.
The panel will include an open discussion with the audience, followed by a reception. 
The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Coordination, ICRC, UNHCR and CERAH. 

: Sexual Violence on Men and Boys

  • Yves DACCORD, Director-General, ICRC
  • Chris DOLAN, Executive Director, Refugee Law Project
  • Charu Lata HOGG, Director, All Survivors Project
  • UNHCR speaker, TB


  • Prof Doris SCHOPPER, Director, CERAH

Registration is strongly recommended at the following link: Reply on Doodle



SWISSNEX San Francisco

CERAH Director Prof Schopper will give the introductory conference in the second event in swissnex's "Everyone a Humanitarian" series. The hub features a full day of crash courses, hands-on problem solving, and live conversations with people on the ground.

When: January 28, 2017, from 8:30AM to 8:PM America/LA time

Where: swissnex San Francisco, California


After joining a live conversation with people in remote locations and an introduction to humanitarian action given by the expert CERAH, participants freely rotate between three different breakout sessions:

The Crash Course Corner introduces topics in humanitarian action such as disaster response, connectivity in emergencies, and business models with humanitarian impact

The Challenge Corner is a workspace where humanitarian actors present questions and challenges they face, and gather insights from attendees on how to tackle them

The Conversation Corner allows participants to connect, share stories, and self-organize an exchange of ideas and approaches around humanitarian action.

Access the full programme here.


Visiting research presentation by Prof Daniel Barnett, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Examining Health Workers' Perceptions of Organizational Expectations Following Disasters

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM
: CERAH Geneva

Daniel J Barnett

Professor Barnett, Associate Professor of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), will deliver a visiting research presentation during CERAH's research methods course in January. As an associate at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at JHSPH his research focus is on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, with a particular focus most recently on the willingness of healthcare and public health workers to fulfill response- and recovery-phase activities following high-dread public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from pandemics to natural disasters and terrorism. In addition to his research he will share accessible content regarding methodological, practice and policy aspects of his research. The presentation will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

The talk will be particularly interesting for students, but also for humanitarian actors regarding both his findings and methodology.

Title: Examining Health Workers' Perceptions of Organizational Expectations Following Disasters

Abstract: An ever-broadening array of emergent threats has raised operationally relevant research questions about health workers' sense of efficacy in fulfilling organizational expectations in disaster response and recovery. Dr. Daniel Barnett and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University have examined perceptual and attitudinal barriers and facilitators toward such perceptions among this cohort. Their findings have yielded novel, behavioral model-based curricular interventions to address these willingness gaps. A threat- and efficacy-based behavioral model (Witte's Extended Parallel Process Model) has underpinned this work throughout. Dr. Barnett's presentation will accordingly focus on the latest findings from ongoing mixed-methods research on public health workers' commitment to their organizations in the contexts of disasters and emergent threats. The presentation will also include new data on local health departments workers' perceptions toward disaster recovery in a variety of Hurricane Sandy-impacted U.S. jurisdictions from the states of Maryland and New Jersey. The presentation will also explicitly address broader policy and practice implications of these and related findings for current and future disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts.



International Ethics Summit “Morality in the global era: theory, policy and praxis”

When: Monday, December 5, 2016
: Doha, Qatar

Doha Qatar

Professor Schopper talks this Monday afternoon at the International Ethics Summit “Morality in the global era: theory, policy and praxis”. Her presentation will cover the "blurred ethical lines between innovation and research.


Humanitarian organizations often have to innovate to deliver healthcare and aid to populations in complex and volatile contexts. Like research, innovation implies generating knowledge and may involve human subjects. However, innovation is a looser, less-easily defined process. Whilst well-established ethical guidance exists for humanitarian medical research, to date there has been little published analysis on ethical oversight of humanitarian medical innovation. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian medical organizations. During its history, MSF has constantly developed innovative protocols and tools, in response to unmet field needs. The increased emphasis on research led to the creation of an ethics review board (ERB) in 2001. More recently, MSF developed an ethics framework for humanitarian innovation.  A useful starting point in the development of an ethics framework for innovation is the seven ‘best-practice’ principles proposed by ELRHA. However, it is a major challenge to move from a principled approach to practical decision-making without clear guidance. Furthermore, the distinction between research and innovation is not clear-cut: innovation can relate to testing a new drug for a neglected disease under field conditions as much as implementing a new technical device to improve mapping of communities during the recent Ebola outbreak. Based on the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the MSF Ethics Review Board this paper will examine in which way research and innovation differ or converge in the health field; determine how the potential for harm dictates the stringency of the ethical assessment and review; and propose ethical principles and processes to provide guidance for innovation projects which do not involve human subjects or their data, and which therefore do not undergo research ethics review. 



CERAH will be present at this year's edition of the "Salon de Métiers de l'Humanitaire" in Annemasse.

When: November 25 and 26, 2016
Where: Annemasse, Complexe Martin Luther King

Friday, November 25: side events

CERAH will participate in a workshop on new trainings to be developed. Educational centres and HR managers will come together and exchange on needs and possibilities. 

Saturday, November 26: exhibition + round-table

9 AM - 18 PM: 60 NGOs from France and Switzerland will present their work and educational programmes. Workshops, conferences, interviews... CERAH will present its exclusive course offering for improved humanitarian action.

2 PM - 3:30 PM: A round table will be animated by Jean-Marc Biquet, CERAH lecturer and course coordinator, on "training to work for international organizations".


CERAH Poster Presentation at 2016 eucen Autumn Seminar

When: 24 - 25 November, 2016

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Digitalisation in university continuing education: technology, content and pedagogy

CERAH Deputy Director Dr Edith FAVOREU will present a poster on CERAH's distance learning course "Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action". Emphasizing on adaptive and flexible strategies, the course focuses on individual working situations and enables participants to reflect on their current practice as they learn.

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Panel Discussion: Fight against drug use in Latin America: Geneva commitment

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:30pm

Where: Geneva Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 Genève


  • M. Vito Angelillo, Directeur Général de TDH
  • M. Francois Longchamps, Président du Conseil d'Etat de la République et canton de Genève
  • Mme Margot Brogniart, Secértaire générale de Casa Alianza Suisse
  • M. John Orlando, Chef de délégation de TDH
  • Prof Hans Wolff, Médecin-chef du service de médecine et de psychiatrie pénitentiares des Hôpitaux universitaires de Genéve

Registration is not mandatory but strongly recommended at the following address:

For more details, click here.


Conference: When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Faculté de Médecine - UNIGE, Auditorium A250, Avenue de Champel 9, 1206 Genève


  • Erin Kenney, Technical officer, Stop Attacks on Health Care Workers, WHO
  • Marine Buissonière, Not A Target Senior Coordinator, MSF
  • Ali Naraghi, Head of the Health Care in Danger project, ICRC


Attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones have killed and injured countless patients and healthcare professionals in recent years, destroying infrastructures and depriving people of access to medical care.

Moderator Prof Doris SCHOPPER, Director of CERAH, medical doctor and professor at the Medical Faculty of Geneva University will ask representatives of ICRC, WHO and MSF, who are exposed in the field together with affected populations: When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?”

Denunciating that medical facilities are #NotATarget, MSF will also present a short film and expose their expo booth in front of the auditorium.


  • Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action - CERAH
  • International Comittee of the Red Cross - ICRC
  • Médecins Sans Frontière - MSF
  • Unversity of Geneva  and Medical Faculty
  • World Health Organization - WHO




Past events and conferences




When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9am to 4:30pm

Where: Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland

Candidates interested in a career in humanitarian aid or development cooperation will attend the Forum CINFO on 28 October 2016. The forum is the largest career fair on the job market of international cooperation and attracts a wide array of NGOs, UN Organizations and international training institutions.

As Geneva's academic platform for Humanitarian action CERAH will have its presentation booth and inform visitors about current and new courses, upcoming dates and events. Throughout the day visitors will get the opportunity to network with peers and experienced professionals in humanitarian action.

At 10:30 AM CERAH will present its new training offers focusing on long-term development and humanitarian aid in the conference room.

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tropEd General Assembly Meeting

When: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October, 2016

Where: Royal Tropical Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Veronica Foubert and Prof Doris Schopper, will be present at the tropEd General Assembly Meeting, in Amsterdam to defend our courses. Network of which CERAH is a collaborating member since June 2016.



Public Lecture: Contemporary Challenges to Refugee Protection


CERAH Director Doris Schopper will join a round table discussion on Contemporary Challenges to Refugee Protection as part of the 2016 Geneva Summer School Public Lecture on 28 June.GSS_Public_Lecture_June_28.jpg

When : Tuesday, June 28, 6 pm

Where : Uni Mail MR380 (Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 40, 1205 Genève)

Keynote Speaker : Ms Carol Batchelor, Director of the Division of International Protection, UNHCR

Round Table with : Professor Doris Schopper (CERAH, UNIGE), Professor Sandra Lavenex (UNIGE), Professor Barbara Moser-Mercer(InZone, UNIGE), Senior Lecturer Alexandre Hedjazi (UNIGE)


Epidémies et sociétés - passé, présent, futur


2016 - Epidemies 2.JPGGeneva, 6-8 June. CERAH will contribute to a forum on 'Epidemics and Societies: Past, present, future' which will discuss the nature of epidemics, the factors affecting contagious and noncontagious diseases, and public health responses.

The public event 'Epidémies et sociétés - passé, présent, futur' is organised by the Société Genevoise d’Utilité Publique in partnership with the ICRC, and will take place at the Maison de la Paix, Geneva.

CERAH Director Doris Schopper will chair a round table panel on the third day of the meeting, exploring new challenges for human aid in epidemic situations.


Book launch: "Famine in Somalia"

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 12:30 – 14:00
Auditorium A2, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva
Book Launch:  Famine in Somalia by Daniel Maxwell, Research Director for Food Security and Complex Emergencies at the Feinstein International Centre.
CERAH and the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) invite you to a launch event for the book Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12Maxwell-Famine.jpg
Some 250,000 people died in the southern Somalia famine of 2011-12, which also displaced and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands more. Written by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid, this book analyses the trade-offs between competing policy priorities that led to the famine. The authors show the collective failure in the response to the famine and how those affected by it attempted to protect themselves and their livelihoods.
The book will be presented by author Daniel Maxwell, who is Research Director for Food Security and Complex Emergencies at the Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University.


  • Renée Larivière, Deputy Director-General Development and Learning, Interpeace
  • Christophe Golay, lecturer at the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action

The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Gilles Carbonnier, CCDP Faculty Associate and President of CERAH's Board of Directors.


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Responding to protracted crises: Blurred lines between humanitarian and development aid


Auditorium Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva: 18:30 - 20:00

Organised with the support of the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint centre of the Graduate Institute and Université de Genève.

The recent World Humanitarian Summit in Geneva highlighted the need for new, integrated relationships between humanitarian action and development aid, in particular during protracted crises. The timeframes of crisis intervention and the need for principled humanitarian action make this challenging, however. How do the ICRC and the IFRC, the two lead organisations of the “Red Response”, propose to address this? Given the mandates of each organisation, what are the possible tensions and complementarities between humanitarian and development approaches?


Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross


Doris Schopper, Director, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)


Fighting sexual violence in developing countries


Club Suisse de la presse, Geneva, 18.30 onwards

Doris Schopper, Director of CERAH, has been invited to participate in a conference on sexual violence to be held on 24 November from 18.30 onwards at Club suisse de la presse in Geneva. This is the second conference on sexual violence in November and is organised by the Service de la solidarité internationale.

You can download the flyer here.

ICRC - CERAH Joint Event on "Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Underlying causes and possible prevention strategies"


Building on the previous panel discussion "Responding to sexual violence in conflict: can we do better?", the ICRC and CERAH are convening a follow-up event on 12 November from 18:00 to 19:30, aimed at addressing the challenging issue of prevention of conflict-related sexual violence. The event will take place on the occasion of the second session of CERAH's thematic seminar on "Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and in Emergencies", and will provide an opportunity to feature the recent publication of the International Review of the Red Cross on "Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict".

The discussion will focus on conflict-related sexual violence, committed by state or non-state armed actors involved in an armed conflict. Weapon bearers may commit sexual violence for various reasons – from strategic to opportunistic ones. In recent years, a number of research studies in political science, anthropology, psychology or military ethics have greatly contributed to a deeper understanding of the causes of conflict-related sexual violence. There is now a need to connect the wealth of research and practical experience to build effective prevention strategies forward.

If you want to participate in the event, you can register here

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This summer, the CERAH launched a unique photo exhibition "Et je vis à Genève...." an initiative from this year's Master student Gianpiero Rastelli and Myriam Tirler, both photographers. The exhibition took place at UNIMAIL in the grand hall from July 13th until August 14th in Geneva. Photo album and report coming soon!

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The CERAH with the support of the University of Geneva is hosting a meeting from 3 to 5 June to examine the issues the Ethics Review Board (ERB) of MSF confronted in reviewing the research MSF. The meeting aims to foster a broader discussion in the international arena on the “optimal” way for ethics review in an emergency outbreak and what lessons can be learned to address ethical issues in future research on Ebola.                                                                                         


26.05.2015 at 18h30 (Salle MR 070 - Bâtiment UNI MAIL)
Les rendez-vous de la Cité. Partenariats publics et privés:  et le rôle de la société civile?
Face à la diminution de l’aide publique, les partenariats publics-privés peuvent être un instrument efficace,responsable et dynamique pour la coopération au développement. Aujourd’hui, la société civile et les acteurs de la solidarité internationale ont l’opportunité de partager leurs expertises, expériences et aspirations afin de contribuer à l’émergence de PPP responsables tournés vers le développement durable.
La Cité de la Solidarité Internationale, en partenariat avec le Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Action Humanitaire de Genève (CERAH GENEVE) ont le plaisir de vous inviter à une conférence – débat public suivi d’un cocktail. Download the invitation!   









Lessons learned from the response to Mali’s interconnected crises.
7 May 2015, 6.30-8.30 pm - Auditoire Jacques Freymond, Rue de Lausanne 132, Geneva
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Humanitarian Action and Protection - Lessons from Sri Lanka (Live Policy Debate)
Co-organized by the journal International Development Policy (DevPol) and the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH).




Responding to sexual violence in conflict: can we do better?


Sexual violence is the most immediate and dangerous type of gender-based violence occurring in acute emergencies. While women and girls are by far the most frequent victims of sexual violence, emerging evidence shows that men and boys are also affected. The Geneva Centre of Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized a public conference in which panelists debated the question: How can we do more and better?

Missed the conference? Watch our videos!
Video with interviews of panelists
Full recording of the conference

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Symposium - Law, Conflicts and the Role of Courts



The Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (The Academy) organized a symposium on the occasion of the launch of the book by Dr Sharon Weill The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Video recording here

Photo album here


20 years after the genocide in Rwanda: presentation and reflections on the judicial process


2014 highlights the commemoration of the genocide committed in Rwanda in 1994, one of the most tragic events of the 20th century.  Following the genocide, with more than 100,000 suspects in prison and only 20 active magistrates, the Rwandese governement and the international community must face the gravity and scope of the committed crimes. How can one judge the authors of these crimes? What are the legal sentences foreseen?What are the alternatives? How can one re-build a country where victims and slaughtermen are bound to live together? The Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) and RCN Justice & Démocratie organised a public conference.

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Watch the video!


South Sudan crisis: in midst of chaos, can humanitarian actors effectively communicate?


An estimated 720,000 people have been displaced inside South Sudan since the current conflict started in December 2013. More than 170,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. This crisis comes on top of already large-scale humanitarian needs. Over 20 UN agencies, 150 international NGOs and many national NGOS contribute to one of the world’s largest aid operations. What does this crisis situation imply in terms of coordination and collaboration between humanitarian actors and their relationship with the government and other humanitarian actors? This conference was followed by a workshop on interdisciplinary research on humanitarian action in South Sudan. The objective of this workshop was to share lessons learned from past and (current) research on humanitarian action in South Sudan and to identify and discuss emerging research questions.



Challenges facing humanitarian action


A conference organised in the framework of the 150th anniversary of the ICRC, on the occasion of the commemoration of the Battle of Solferino (24 June 1859), that led Henry Dunant to write his book: A Memory of Solferino. Horrified by the suffering of wounded soldiers left on the battlefield, Dunant set about a movement that led to the adoption of the Geneva Conventions and the creation of the International Red Cross. Speakers included Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC and Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Doris Schopper, Director CERAH was the moderator. The conference took place on 24 June 2013, at 10.00 at Unimail in Geneva.

More information is available here.
Listen to the recording
❯ Check out the photo album on our Facebook page

When nature strikes: is there an International right to disaster relief?


The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (the Academy) and the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) organised a round table on the occasion of the launch of the book "International Disaster Response Law" on 15 May 2013, 6.15-8 pm. 

❯ The book is available via this link.
❯ See the photo album on our Facebook page!

Responding to famine: mobilizations, operations and humanitarian practices?


This international conference gave a historical perspective on famine over the past two centuries in order to better understand how to respond in the future. Speakers included Valérie Gorin, CERAH lecturer.



Humanitarian Principles revisited ? Current and future challenges


On 21 March, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the ICRC, and at the backdrop of the Review’s recent issue on ‘The Future of Humanitarian Action’, the International Review of the Red Cross and the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) convened a panel discussion in Geneva entitled ‘Humanitarian Principles Revisited? Current and Future Challenges’.


Choices and dilemmas. Health-care workers on the frontline: an online discussion


Prof. Doris Schopper, Director of CERAH participated in this discussion on the responsibilities of medical staff in armed conflict or other emergencies.

❯ Visit the web page and view the video for further information:

New challenges for humanitarian action? Afghanistan, past and present

Semi-public lecture.

Since a decade, humanitarianism has been debated as it faces new challenges. With 9/11 and the Global War On Terrorism, humanitarian action seems to be polarized in terms of Western hegemony and needs to better understand its perception by beneficiaries and reaffirms its basic principles. Considering the case of Afghanistan, this country has been offering an interesting field since the civil war that erupted in 1979, for all the humanitarian actors (local and international) that have been involved since then. The goal of this roundtable is to put together some experts of the humanitarian world and the Afghan nation, to re‐interrogate Afghanistan as a case study for the future of humanitarianism.


The right to education during armed conflict


Following UNESCO’s 2011 report "The hidden crisis: armed conflict and education", which called into question elements of the aid sector, CERAH, with the help of an outstanding selection o f experts, decided to look again at the challenge to protect the right to education in times of war.



In their eyes: perceptions of humanitarian action and of MSF



In the scope of the module “The humanitarian field and its actors”, the CERAH joins with MSF to launch the collaborative study “Through others’ eyes: perception of humanitarian action and MSF” (Dans l’œil des autres:  Perception de l’action humanitaire et de MSF).






Abidjan : spotlight light on an urban crisis and the humanitarian response



Within the framework of CERAH’s Thematic Seminar on ‘Crises and humanitarian intervention in urban areas’, this conference presents an examination of the specific characteristics of humanitarian action in urban areas.






CERAH Conference: « Humanitarian Education and Training Conference – InFocus: articulating an agenda for humanitarian education »


In October 2011 CERAH held a conference in partnership with the UK based NGO Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA), to facilitate dialogue between academics and professionals working in the field of humanitarian education and training. One of the goals of the conference was identifying future training needs of humanitarian professionals.

In 2010, CERAH published a comprehensive inventory of academic training programmes on humanitarian action. The handbook "Humanitarian Studies 2010: university training and education in humanitarian action" offers the first comprehensive inventory of its kind. One of the handbooks findings is the great diversity of training available. In order to better target the needs and to identify the relative contributions of humanitarian organisations and academic institutions, the two-and-a-half day conference critically assessed the field of humanitarian studies education, training and learning. The event aimed to contribute to developing synergies and collaboration within and across humanitarian and academic sectors in finding and advancing solutions to identified challenges.

Further information:

Download the report
❯ Press coverage: «Comment se former au travail humanitaire », Le Temps
❯ Press coverage: «Former les humanitaires aux défis de demain», Tribune de Genève


CERAH Conference: « Haïti: an uncertain future »



On 12 January 2010 Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that reduced to rubble much its capital Port au Prince. Especially as several of CERAH’s staff had spent several years working in Haiti, CERAH held a conference to provide a platform for the Haitian academic community, and for academics, researchers and the staff of humanitarian and development NGOs working in Haiti, to meet, think and debate.

A further key aim of the conference was to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing reconstruction in Haiti from an analytical perspective and to suggest possible short- and medium-term futures.

The international, two-day conference, attended by over 200 people, was generously supported by the University of Geneva, the Department for International Cooperation of the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

More than twenty eminent Haitians (former Ministers, university staff, NGO leaders, journalists) crossed the Atlantic to come to Geneva and many others came from Canada, France and Switzerland.

The publication "Haïti, Réinventer l’avenir" (Haiti: Recreating the future), published jointly by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, France and the Haiti State University, seeks to go beyond the deliberations of the conference by collecting the opinions of over 20 Haitian, North American and European researchers and practitioners.


Documentary Kenbe la Ayiti: autres regards sur Haïti (Kenbe la Ayiti: the other Haiti)

With the support of the Department for International Cooperation of the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss-Haiti NGO platform and the University of Geneva, CERAH produced the documentary "Kenbe la Ayiti: autres regards sur Haïti" which focuses on the efforts of Haitian civil society, within a few months of the earthquake, to physically, economically, socially and psychologically rehabilitate their country.

In particular, the film sets out to question the stereotype of total dependence on international assistance all too often applied to Haiti.

While the film was made with a public audience in mind, it is also seen as a method of stimulating thought amongst Haitian and international organisations and civil society working in development.

Further information:

❯ Description of the documentary film « Kenbe la Ayiti: autres regards sur Haïti» (french)