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Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century


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The Modulel will familiarize with the fascinating, but demanding field of international humanitarian action and the manifold problems associated with reducing human suffering in crisis-zones. Participants attend a simulation exercise in which they can take on the role of humanitarian actors and learn about the coordination mechanisms of international humanitarian action first-hand. On the last day a workshop will take place where experts of humanitarian organizations tell about their professional experiences.

Zielgruppe: Students of all faculties with a sound knowledge of English, at least two completed semesters of study and an interest in humanitarian action as well as in the interdisciplinary exchange with other students.

Anmeldung: online über die Website des IFHV vom 01.05.-12.06.2015
Vorbereitungstreffen: asdf
Summer School: vom 66.-09.08.2015

 

What is the Summer School all about?

Earth quakes, floods, forced displacements, and civil wars – these are humanitarian crises situations reported daily by the news media. But who is responsible, if people become victims of war and forced displacement? What is the legal foundation for crises operations of humanitarian organizations? What are the impacts of humanitarian inventions? How can humanitarian action be coordinated most effectively? And also, are humanitarian interventions in fact able to address the root causes of crisis and conflict?

Humanitarian organizations like the International Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Care International and World Vision, and many others provide emergency relief in disasters and humanitarian crises. Despite the idealistic goals of humanitarianism, humanitarian organizations are often criticized. Too often humanitarian interventions and aid refuel and prolong conflict, and humanitarian assistance is provided in an inefficient and unprofessional way.

The Summer School “Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century” is a good opportunity to gain an insight in the exciting and challenging field of humanitarian action. The Summer School will familiarize participants with the fascinating, but demanding field of international humanitarian action and the manifold problems associated with reducing human suffering in crisis-zones.

The center of attention is the ethical and practical challenge that humanitarian organization face in global society today. The Summer School focuses on the legal and political foundations of humanitarian interventions, and the mode of operation and management of humanitarian organizations.

Participants attend lectures, discussions, and a simulation exercise in which they can take on the role of humanitarian actors and learn about the coordination mechanisms of international humanitarian action first-hand. On the last day of the Summer School a workshop will take place where experts of humanitarian organizations tell about their experiences in the interdisciplinary professional field of humanitarian action.  

For further information please visit us at www.ifhv.de.
Any questions, contact the Summer School Team at echa@rub.de!