what is humanitarian DISTANCE LEARNING (hdl)?

We have developed the Humanitarian Distance Learning (HDL) programme to offer modular, flexible and skills-oriented courses for professionals working or seeking to work in the humanitarian sector, regardless of where in the world they are based. The courses have been designed for humanitarian personnel operating at both head offices and in the field. A special emphasis of the courses is to build competencies amongst national staff in countries in crisis.

The HDL training has been developed building on our network of partnerships with some of the largest humanitarian organisations as well as drawing on our extensive experience in teaching and research on humanitarian action since 1998. 


Online course: Certificate of Advanced Studies "Designing Strategies & Projects for Humanitarian Action"

10 ECTS Credits

This unique, highly interactive online distance-learning course offers modular, flexible and skill-oriented continuing education for professionals working in the humanitarian sector, regardless of where in the world they are based.

The 2020-2021 course will start on 7 September 2020 and will finish on 7 May 2021.

Scholarship application deadline: 30 April, 2020.

Registration deadline: 31 July, 2020

An eight month online course, plus a two week residential course in Uganda (6-16 December 2020). The course emphasizes adaptive and flexible strategies. It focuses on your own working situations and enables you to reflect on your current practices as you learn.

Find out more details: Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action

Download our PDF course summary.



other Distance Learning courses

MOOC Humanitarian Communication: Addressing Key Challenges
Ongoing (repeated throughout the academic year)

Free of charge.

Communication in humanitarian settings is key to ensuring effective programme implementation and satisfaction of the people affected. This course allows participants to gain some of the competencies by focusing on the main challenges of communication in humanitarian settings and the means to address these challenges.

The MOOC is a five weeks open online course, 3-4 hours per week of work.