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Online Master’s in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid - 2018


Online Master’s in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid


The goal of development and humanitarian studies is to learn about situations that generate humanitarian needs and human rights violations, as well as the form of intervention to reduce the victims’ suffering. Normally the scenario for such situations and the intervention will be conflicts, disasters or environments affected by temporary or structural problems of an economic, political or social nature. In this sense, the programme focuses on:

  • Studying the ethical referents and the promotion of a legal framework that protects victims of the situations described.
  • Knowing the tools for the management of organizations and intervention programmes.
  • Exploring the different areas of intervention, both sectoral and cross­cutting, and the problems involved

Participants will learn:

  • That disaster risk management is addressed in international institutional frameworks.
  • That disasters are partly the result of human actions, and consequently development interventions should consider disaster risk.
  • The basic concepts of risk, hazards, vulnerability and capacity.
  • The hazard types recognized by the institutions responsible for monitoring disaster occurrence.
  • That capacity ­building is a priority for developing disaster resilience within a community.
  • That empowerment of communities is a valid mechanism for tackling the root causes of vulnerability.
  • That disaster risk management involves seeking agreement between different sectors of society.
  • The role of participation in community risk assessment.
  • The importance of assessments for improving community­level preparedness.
  • How to assess the urgent needs and priorities of a disaster­affected community in order to ensure appropriate and adequate emergency assistance.
  • About the process of disaster management at the community level.
  • That hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessments can be used to identify and select appropriate interventions.

Subject areas

Disaster risk reduction content:

  • Natural disasters as global phenomena
  • The reduction of risk as a necessary approach
  • Types of disasters
  • Learning to manage disasters

Project Management I: Logical Framework Approach

  • The Logical Framework Approach
  • The Project Cycle, indicators and external factors
  • The European Union Project Cycle Management Manual and other manuals

Project Management II: Project Management and Implementation

  • Accountability
  • Needs assessment
  • Abbreviated project documents
  • Monitoring the emergency project by means of reports
  • Monitoring long term projects by means of AOPs and reports
  • Coordination: Coordination of activities & coordination among institutions
  • Fundraising
  • Methodological documents

Film Forum: The Yugoslav Wars

Project Management III: Missions and offices in the field

  • Administration and budgeting: Administrative regulations of an international donnor & European Union humanitarian aid project contract management regulations - ECHO FPA
  • Human resources management
  • Staff security in field operations and conflict zones
  • Logistics

Sectors of humanitarian intervention, the Sphere Project and the UNHCR Emergency Manual I

  • Food security, nutrition and livelihoods
  • Public health
  • Water and sanitation
  • Design of temporary shelter and refugee camps

Sectors of humanitarian intervention, the Sphere Project and the UNHCR Emergency Manual II

  • Cash transfer
  • Humanitarian protection
  • Advocacy
  • Education in emergencies

The International Legal Framework

  • Origin of current humanitarianism and international legal framework for humanitarian action
  • International human rights law
  • International humanitarian law
  • Legislation on refugees and internally displaced people, and disaster response legislation

Film Forum: The origins of current humanitarianism, the creation of the Red Cross and International Humanitarian Law

Gender and cross cutting approaches

  • Introduction to a gender-sensitive approach
  • Gender in projects and programmes
  • Environmental issues
  • Rights based programming
  • Childhood and youth
  • Disabilities
  • Building local capacities

Ethics in humanitarian work and in development cooperation

  • Humanitarian identity and basic humanitarian principles
  • Evolution of humanitarian principles
  • Codes of conduct
  • Other initiatives to improve humanitarian programme quality

Film Forum: The genocide in Rwanda

Let's talk about development and cooperation

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Development: Theories and measurement
  • Cooperation strategies
  • Voluntary work
  • The World Bank and the poverty-reduction strategies
  • Governance and development



Geographical coverage


Application procedure

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Tuition & cost

Regular fee: 1.465 Eur

Reduced fee "One-off payment”: 1.245 Eur

Reduced fee "Grant 60 and one-off payment": 490 Eur

Reduced fee "Grant 30 and one-off payment": 870 Eur

Deadline for application

25 Sep 2018

Last updated

13 Sep 2018

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  • Type Online courses
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Spain

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