'When disaster meets conflict' Free Massive Online Open Course

Of the 439 armed conflicts that occurred in the decade 2009-2018, more than 75% occurred in places also affected by disaster. Not much is yet known about this nexus between conflict and disaster.

The MOOC 'When disaster meets conflict' aims to teach participants to develop accountable, high-quality and ethical responses to disaster in conflict-affected areas.

What is the MOOC about?

The MOOC stimulates participants to think about humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster response in contexts where conflict is ongoing, lingering, or has characterized the setting in recent times. It also encourages participants to reflect on the hard choices and dilemmas faced by humanitarian actors in conflict settings.

In addition, participants will learn to distinguish the different challenges and effective, positive examples of aid in three types of conflict settings: low-medium, high and post-conflict.

Through videos, interviews, guest lectures and realistic case-studio. The material of the course is applicable for practice in the field.

For more information about the MOOC, watch the trailer.

Who is the MOOC for?

The MOOC is meant primarily for practitioners, but also open to students or otherwise interested people.

What is the MOOC based on?

The MOOC is based on five years of extensive research conducted within the project 'When disaster meets conflict'.

Funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) through a Vici grant, the project involves in-depth research in 9 countries with additional smaller case studies conducted in 8 countries.

The project is led by Professor Thea Hilhorst, Professor in Humanitarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

For more information about the project, please visit the When disaster meets conflict project page.

Register for the MOOC

Over 380 participants have already completed this course. Want to join them? Participation in the MOOC, available through coursera, is free. A small charge will only be made if you want to receive a certificate.

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