CERAH at 20

CERAH at 20


In the 1990s, in the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide and the ensuing mass mobilization of new humanitarian actors, the need to 'professionalize’ humanitarian action emerged. With it emerged a range of efforts in setting joint standards, developing guidelines, and training programmes. There simply were no academic courses on humanitarian action, but thanks to the vision of two University of Geneva professors, Timothy Harding and Jean-Jacques Wagner, a first post-graduate training in humanitarian action was delivered in 1998. Ten years later, a formal partnership between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies strengthened the CERAH as a centre devoted to the development of critical thinking and analysis to enhance the quality of humanitarian response, through both education and research.

Now twenty years on, the CERAH has become a true reflection of the current humanitarian world in all its diversity - of actors, approaches, and cultures - with increasingly complex realities. 


The importance of evidence


Last week CERAH hosted an event at the Graduate Institute with Evidence Aid, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and ICRC to discuss how evidence can help humanitarian programmers understand what works, where, why, and for whom. A new guide explores this subject.
The event heard that evidence can also tell us what does not work to avoid repeating mistakes in the future. There are challenges however, including gaps in evidence gathering, the length of time it can take to gather while the situation changes, a lack of understanding in the findings and jargon used, and a lack of integration of the evidence into planning. But when it works it proves worthwhile with programmes adapting, sometimes radically, based on the evidence.


CERAH Annual Report


We are pleased to share the CERAH Annual Report for the academic year 2017-18.  This year the CERAH celebrates 2o years as a unique and innovative academic platform for humanitarian action and its contribution to the strengthening of humanitarian professionals and actors.

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CERAH briefings during Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week #HNPW2019


We speak the same word, but often with different understandings/meanings in mind. Can you imagine a simple concept such as "resilience" can be explained in 63 different ways?’



This morning CERAH Director Prof. Doris Schopper, provided a briefing during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week #HNPW2019

An interactive session will also take place Wednesday, 6th February in Room 16 from 11:00 to 12:30 at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG) more info here: www.vosocc.unocha.org





Next sessions:

September 9 -13. 2019, GENEVA

November 25- 29, 2019, ENTEBBE, UGANDA

We are pleased to announce the 2019 dates for CERAH's much in demand short course on sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. Combining cutting-edge research and practical experience from experts in the field, the course is tailored to emergency program managers, and one of the few courses to address male and female survivors of sexual violence. Participants in the Uganda session meet with activists from the Refugee Law Project to hear about their experiences first-hand.


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