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Certificates in humanitarian policy and practice and diploma in humantiarian assistance

  • Main organization:University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Type:Continuing education
  • Level:Certificate/Diploma
  • Degree/Diploma/Certificate:Certificates in humanitarian policy and practice and diploma in humantiarian assistance
  • Geographical coverage:Global
  • Location:South Africa (Johannesburg)
  • Contact:Ms Thandiwe Rose Mlangeni
    Email: thandiwe.mlangeni@wits.ac.za
    Tel: +27 (011) 717 3505
  • Frequency:Annual
  • Duration:Six weeks
    - Certificate in Humanitarian Policy: 6th – 24th May 2013
    - Certificate in Humanitarian Practice: 27th May - 14th June
    - DHA Exam: 17th June

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The programme comprises two certificates in Humanitarian Policy and Practice, with an option to take the examination for a professional Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The multidisciplinary programmes take a regional focus on tackling humanitarian issues across Africa. Using a variety of innovative teaching methods, they are designed and taught by experts from leading organizations such as ICRC, UNHCR, Oxfam, MSF, UNAIDS, and professors from LSTM and Wits University.

The Humanitarian Policy Certificate maps and interrogates the contextual, conceptual and institutional frameworks surrounding humanitarianism in the 21st century and analyses the challenges inherent in responding to a rapidly changing and highly political global arena, with a strong focus on the African continent.

The Humanitarian Practice Certificate equips professionals with the skills and appropriate behaviour - incorporating analytical awareness and an appreciation of humanitarian complexities from the previous module - in order to manage and carry out effective, smart and accountable humanitarian operations.

The certificates can be done as stand alone programmes, or consecutively, with the option to convert them into a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance through the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Subject Areas

Certificate in humanitarian policy

Module 1: Humanitarian practice and development
Module 2: Emergency response and sustainability in Africa
Module 3: Humanitarian policy and the institutional environment

Certificate in humanitarian practice

Module 1: Priorities in emergency management
Module 2: Specialist elective
Module 2 (a) Health management in emergencies
Module 2 (b) Water, sanitation and logistics managment in emergencies
Module 3: Applied humanitarian operations management

Target Audience

The programme is designed for practitioners and policy-makers such as NGO workers, government officials, staff of multilateral agencies such as the UN, the media, civil society, donors and persons wishing to enter the humanitarian field.

Admission Requirement

University degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience. There is space for approximately 10-15 people from any one organization, particularly targeting senior staff from across the African region. There will be a maximum of 50 students on the programme.

Application Procedure

Send the completed registration form by email to thandiwe.mlangeni@wits.ac.za or by mail to:

Ms Thandiwe Rose Mlangeni
PO Box 601
WITS, 2050

Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuition and Cost

The costs are as follows:

- Certificate in Humanitarian Policy - R15,000
- Certificate in Humanitarian Practice - R16,500
- Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance - GBP 500

Participants will be required to pay for their own living costs.



  • Themes:Climate Change, Complex Emergency, Disaster Risk Management, Governance, Media, Social Impacts & Resilience
  • Hazards:Epidemic & Pandemic
  • Countries/Regions:South Africa

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/25874

Last updated

15 Mar 2013

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