This course offers practical training in the complex issues and field skills needed to engage in humanitarian work. Students will gain familiarity with the concepts and international standards for humanitarian response. While providing a solid theoretical foundation, the course will focus on practical skills such as conducting rapid assessments, ensuring field security, and interacting with aid agencies, the military, and the media during humanitarian crises.
The course culminates with a three-day intensive field simulation of a humanitarian crisis that will take place on TBD; attendance required. The Spring 2023 semester the fee to cover camping gear hire, food, and other equipment costs is: TBD.
The course starts TBD and ends TBD. The course meets on the Harvard campus:
Class Time and Location Lectures TBD
• Humanitarian response community and history
• International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law
• Sphere standards (shelter, water and sanitation, food security, health)
• Civil-military relations, media skills, logistics, and budgeting
• Monitoring and evaluation, accountability
• Personal security, metal health, stress, and teamwork
• Humanitarian technology, and crowdsourcing, and GPS skills
This course is cross-listed with The Fletcher School (D213) and enrollment is limited to 8 Friedman students and 10 Fletcher students. Priority enrollment for Friedman is given to: FANPP students pursuing the Humanitarian Assistance Specialization, Graduating and Second-Year students, First-Year students. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent.