Webinar series: COVID-19 & Humanitarian Settings


The Geneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action, the READY Initiative, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University have created a weekly webinar series on COVID-19 and humanitarian settings.

Virtual Open Day

Virtual Open Day


Join us ONLINE on Tuesday 31 March from 3 to 8pm CET for a Virtual Open Day organised by the University of Geneva's Executive Education. You will have the opportunity to get in touch with us in real time and learn more about our courses and activities.


Coronavirus: Information for our community and visitors


The safety and well-being of our students, staff and community at large is our highest priority.

The University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, of which the Geneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action is part, are carefully monitoring the development of the novel coronavirus spread in all affected countries and regions (Swiss Federal Office of Public Health). 


2020 Concept paper for Humanitarian Encyclopedia


In modern humanitarian crises, a collective response that is timely, adequate and well-coordinated is imperative to be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and complex situations. Today, collaboration between the first responders - including local actors from civil society organisations or public authorities - and international humanitarian organisations is key. As such, the recognition and inclusion of these new actors in the humanitarian sector requires the need to create a common understanding and formulation of the key humanitarian concepts in order to build a bridge between these  diverse actors, at multiple levels, and promotes an open dialogue to improve collective humanitarian action. 


Publication: Research in global health emergencies


The Nuffield Council on Biotechs has launched a new report on Research in Global Health Emergencies. The Director of CERAH, Karl Blanchet was a co-author of the report.

The aim of the report is to identify ways in which research can be undertaken ethically during emergencies, in order to promote the contribution that ethically-conducted research can make to improving current and future emergency preparedness and response.

The report outlines 24 recommendations to ‘duty bearers’ such as research funders, research organisations, governments, and researchers. These are summarised in the call for action. The suggested changes that would align policies and practices more closely to three core values of fairness, equal respect, and helping reducing suffering. The report presents these values in the form of an ‘ethical compass’ to guide the conduct of the very wide range of people involved in research in global health emergencies.

Full report:

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