Essentials of Humanitarian Practice, 15-19 May

Publicerad: 23 januari 2017 Uppdaterad: 30 mars 2017

An introduction course that provides participants with a basic understanding of the humanitarian system and its principles in natural disasters and complex emergencies. Furthermore, effective and comprehensive responses to humanitarian scenarios are discussed.

Date: 15-19 May, 2017.
Last application date: 6 May (or when the course is full).
Venue: Sida Partnership Forum, Härnösand (Sweden).
Maximum number of participants: 30
Responsible Programme Manager: Andreas Nilsson, Sida Partnership Forum.
For practical information: Please contact Programme Administrator Lisbeth Nylund, Sida Partnership Forum.
Course language: English 

Target groups

Swedish development cooperation actors and their field staff, such as Swedish non-government organisations (NGOs), government agencies, universities and the private sector.


Sida covers training costs, accommodation and meals. Participants need only cover their travel costs.


For anyone currently working in or entering the humanitarian sector, RedR's Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP) is important foundation training. Introducing the characteristics of natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies and the requirements for an effective humanitarian response, this course provides participants with an understanding of the complexity of the international relief system and legal framework for humanitarian assistance. Highlighting some of the dilemmas faced by humanitarian workers, EHP gives attendees an opportunity to practise the team skills required to work effectively in the field.

This hands-on course features a number of group exercises and discussions, including a major team exercise simulating planning for a refugee influx. While the programme is intensive, opportunities for informal discussion are built in. Essentials of Humanitarian Practice is internationally recognised and attended by major relief organisations.

Aims and objectives

 By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the humanitarian relief system and different organisations' roles and relationships.
  • Understand the characteristics of natural disasters and complex emergencies.
  • Comprehend key issues in the cultural, political and organisational environment of relief assistance.
  • Appreciate the legal and emotional issues impinging on those affected by disasters.
  • Assess your personal skills and identify areas for development.
  • Recognise the teamwork skills required in relief work and practice some essentials of effective teamwork.
  • Apply techniques and approaches that increase individual responsibility in humanitarian work.

Sidansvarig: Sida Partnership Forum

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