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 to 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 taking part to different international events and fairs and hence, make other actors from the humanitarian action benefit from the Centre's expertise in this field. 




Batoul KAZWINI's successful story

Batoul Kazwini
Follow her stepping stones from Syria through CERAH's Master programme and her commitment with ICRC as delegate in Rwanda - a dream came true. 

CERAH is "a platform which allows people to reflect about themselves and use this to go beyond what they've done. Construct something together with other participants combining reflection, theory and practice (...) and be able to immediately put this in practice (...) I am impressed by Badoul", 

                        Yves DACCORD

                       Director-General of ICRC


Get inspired! Listen to the full testimonial and check the video here 


Thematic Short Course: "Sexual Violence and in Conflict and Emergency Settings"




Last week in Uganda, participants gathered for CERAH's Thematic Short Course: "Sexual Violence and in Conflict and Emergency Settings", where leading-edge research is combined with practical experience from experts in the field, and one of the few courses to address both male and female survivors of sexual violence. 

Participants in Kampala met with activists from the Refugee Law Project to hear about their experiences first-hand. 

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Public Conference




 "1968 – 2018 : Humanitarian concepts across time and spaces" 

November 20th, 2018

Campus Biotech

18h30 – 21h


Altruism and acts of humanity: 20 years of humanitarian education


The year 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the CERAH, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. On this occasion, a public conference was held to explore and question the meaning, role, and impact of altruism in humanitarian action.

Book launch - Humanitarian Action and Ethics

Book launch - Humanitarian Action and Ethics


Oct 2, 2018, Humanitarium, Geneva - CERAH is pleased to invite you to this conference organized jointly with ICRC, on the moral and ethical dilemmas inherent in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The conference will be moderated by Hugo Slim, Head of Policy and Diplomacy at ICRC and CERAH lecturer. 


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