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Disaster risk management: the case of earthquakes

Main organization(s): University of Geneva (UNIGE)


2 credits ECTS


This module focuses on actions aimed at reducing impact after a crisis has been declared, and on those actions that should be considered after the humanitarian response in order to avoid future impact.


- Resolve issues around rapid response and reconstruction in seismic contexts
- Understand the challenges related to rapid response and to medium- to long-term reconstruction
- Integrate mitigation strategies into a response plan

Prof. Costanza BONADONNA, CERG, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva

Prof. Jean-Daniel RAINHORN, Centre d'enseignement et de recherche en action humanitaire (CERAH), University of Geneva/The Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Dr Corine FRISCHKNECHT, CERG, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva and CERAH, University of Geneva/The Graduate Institute (IHEID)


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC)
Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
United Nations Institute for training and research operational satellite applications programme (UNOSAT) World agency of planetary monitoring and earthquake risk reduction (WAPMERR)
Possible modifications according to the availability of the speakers

Subject areas

-Earthquakes and associated phenomena Early warning for rapid response
-Preparing humanitarian response : mapping with GIS and remote sensing
-Earthquake disaster response and legal framework International research and rescue operation after earthquake disaster
-Outbreaks and earthquakes:myths and realities
-Gender issues in earthquake disaster response Environmental impacts and secondary risks
-Disaster waste management
-Access to affected places: challenges
-Emplacement selection and earthquake resistant standards for humanitarian assistance
-Prevention in recovery and reconstruction programmes Logical framework
-Improving local capacities for facing future earthquakes Key elements for earthquake preparedness

Target audience

Humanitarian actors, at government, NGO, IO or UN level. The number of participants is limited to 20 persons. Participants must have a university or equivalent degree. A minimum of 10 students is required for the course to be held.

Admission Requirement

Acceptance will be based on the applicant's profile, motivation and on a first come, first served basis.

Geographical coverage



01 Feb 2010 - 05 Feb 2010

Application procedure

The application form with CV and motivation letter should be sent before 21 January 2010 to:

Centre d'enseignement et de recherche en action humanitaire (CERAH),
University of Geneva/The Graduate Institute (IHEID,
Rue Rothschild 20 – 1211 Geneva 21,
Fax: +41 (0)22 738 39 96

Tuition & cost

CHF 750.- Free of charge for CERAH students. For people leaving in Geneva and fulfilling requested conditions (see:, they can obtained a financial support from the Canton of Geneva.

Cancellation fee, any withdrawal before the beginning of the full course on 1 February 2010, incurs a CHF 100.- cancellation charge. On the first day of the course, the full fee is due.

Deadline for application

22 Jan 2010



Last updated

03 Nov 2009


Application form

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  • Type Continuing education
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Switzerland (Geneva)
  • Language English

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