Geneva - at the heart of humanitarian action
Geneva is the European Headquarter of the United Nations, its main Agencies - OCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, IOM - as well as of a few hundreds of international organizations and NGOs, centres of competencies and think-tanks.
Located in the heart of the commonly known as International Geneva, CERAH benefits from privileged access to and ties with an important number of these organizations. Hence, CERAH provides its students with a global understanding and reflection about their vision and work.
Additionally, CERAH is regularly collaborating with the main academic institutions in Geneva in order to develop its topics and ensure both a high level of its programmes' scientific standards and a perfect match of these with the practical approach of humanitarian action.
"Nowadays, humanitarian contexts are constantly changing and are becoming more and more complex. Emergencies occur in places affected by underdevelopment, involved in armed conflicts or facing natural disasters or endemics. Each of these situations requires a specific and adapted response. Humanitarian workers are at the front line of these contexts and therefore have to display a variety of skills and competencies to cope with them.
CERAH – as a unique and innovative academic platform for humanitarian action – has been contributing for 20 years to the strengthening of humanitarian professionals’ competencies and institutions’ capacity to respond to humanitarian action’s challenges".
Prof Doris SCHOPPER, Director
education and Research
CERAH offers a wide range of training programmes and conducts academic research projects, drawing on Geneva’s network of international institutions and non-governmental organisations.
CERAH’s courses provide in-depth training on topics such as communication, health, and sexual violence, as well as project management in humanitarian settings. They are based on an innovative pedagogical model in order to strengthen the practitioners' competencies and apply the theoretical knowledge, developed during the courses, directly to their professional environment.
CERAH’s interdisciplinary research projects foster critical analysis of the humanitarian sector to encourage reflection on professional practices as well as the politics of humanitarianism and humanitarian organizations.
CERAH offers post-graduate joint degrees (Master, Diploma and Certificate of Advanced Studies) for humanitarian professionals as well as Short Thematic Courses (TSC).
The completion of a degree must be in line with the high Swiss academic standards as they are given by both well known institutions: the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE).
Courses are provided by lecturers from both institutions as well as from humanitarian organizations' representatives in order to simultaneously cover the theoretical part of CERAH's programmes and a real insight vision of international organizations.
CERAH is a joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) - a unique and innovative academic platform for humanitarian action. The Centre has been contributing for the past twenty years to the development of critical thinking and analysis to increase the quality of the humanitarian response, both through education and research.
CERAH offers post-graduate joint degrees delivered by IHEID and UNIGE (a Master, a Diploma and several Certificates of Advanced Studies) as well as Thematic Short Courses (TSC). The highly interactive courses allow participants to analyse a range of issues of high importance to contemporary humanitarianism. They are led by senior academics and experienced humanitarian professionals.
CERAH organizes public events, conferences and workshops, with the aim of bringing debates on major contemporary humanitarian challenges and issues to a broader public than its students and partners.
CERAH's academic staff is also regularly invited to take part in different international events and fairs, hence other actors in humanitarian action benefit from the Centre's expertise in this field.