Executive Short Courses in Communications, Advocacy & Negotiation

Participatory Approaches with Crisis-Affected Communities


© Borja Ruiz Rodrigue, MSF

NEXT SESSION: 27 APRIL, 2020 - 1 may, 2020

online course

This executive short course focuses on the understanding of the opportunities, challenges and limits of dialogue with communities to build constructive relationships; studying theories, case studies and practical implementation.


  • Describe the role of dialogue to facilitate the design and success of project implementation and apply a real accountability towards affected populations
  • Master the concepts of Dialogue with Communities, Community Engagement, Communication with Communities (CWC), Participation, Accountability, IEC, Acceptance & Perception
  • Analyse the impact acceptance and accountability concerns have on project implementation
  • Define a framework of monitoring and evaluation of communication in a process of community engagement.


  • Information needs of the affected population
  • Intercultural communication
  • Acceptance and accountability
  • Management of rumors and risk communication
  • The use of information technologies
  • Participatory video or theatre
  • Monitoring and evaluation DWC


  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.


2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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