Urban Humanitarianism

Date: 20 - 21 Sep 2017
Length: 2 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

As the world grows more urbanised, large scale disasters are increasingly impacting urban areas. The role aid agencies have and the response that they provide is changing from the more familiar rural or camp contexts. Urban emergencies have a higher level of complexity and the kind of response required is greatly affected by the different urban environments, whether huge cities, medium-sized towns, periurban or slum areas. Aid agencies are much less significant players in urban responses, as their available resources are often dwarfed by those of existing service providers.

It is crucial for effective urban disaster response to build strong relations with national and municipal authorities as well as private sector services suppliers, and to work within existing legislation and long term plans for the cities. Working with communities is as important as ever, but communities are less tightly defined and engagement becomes more complex: communities are unlikely to be geographically-identified but instead based around common interests or, for instance, income opportunities.

This Urban Humanitarianism course aims to explore and develop the necessary skills and knowledge of a humanitarian to effectively work in the early stages of an urban emergency. 

Bangladesh building collapse (2013) © GMB Akash
Course content
The course will take place over two days of face-to-face training.
Sessions covered will include:
• Introduction to urban disasters
• Urban stakeholders and working relations in emergencies
• Defining and targeting affected populations and communicating with them in emergencies
• Coordination approaches for urban emergencies
• Multi-sector assessments in urban environments
• An introduction to market assessments and cash and voucher programming

Who should attend?

Humanitarians who have at least two years’ experience working in emergency response. This may or not be in an urban environment, but participants should have an interest in working in an urban emergency response. This course presupposes a working knowledge of basic humanitarian principles.
Please note that participants for this course will be selected based on their previous experience. Applicants should highlight their relevant knowledge and skills when completing the booking form. Those offered a place on the course will be notified around six weeks in advance. 


The fee for this course is £40. Participants must cover their own accomodation, travel and visa costs.


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