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Deakin University

Introduction to Humanitarian Aid

Deakin University via FutureLearn


Explore guiding principles and approaches used by humanitarian teams.

Earthquake, flood, fire, famine, and conflict – we seem to be hearing more about these things every day, and watching as they impact communities all over the world. Fortunately, there are organisations trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters.

On this course, you will explore the long history of humanitarianism, learning about the important principles and values that underpin it. You’ll also discover how humanitarianism works across the globe, understanding how responses to disasters are coordinated and learning more about the various bodies involved.

This course is designed for those working in the humanitarian sector who want to further their understanding of the principles and values of humanitarianism.

It’s also suitable for those with an interest in activism, humanitarian issues, and leadership in the context of humanitarian aid and NGOs.


  • Humanitarian principles, values and practice
    • Introducing disaster management and humanitarian responses
    • Humanitarian action from past to present
    • Contemporary principles and practices
    • Weekly wrap
  • Developing humanitarian responses to disaster situations
    • The challenges
    • Coordinating responses
    • How is the humanitarian system responding to the challenges of today?
    • Course wrap

Taught by

Matthew Clarke and Phil Connors


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