Online Course on Governance in Humanitarian Contexts

The course aims to critically analyse the humanitarian architecture, the different humanitarian contexts, and decision-making for WASH through a multi-level governance approach.

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For whom?

Students aiming to diversify their learning pathway with humanitarian WASH knowledge; Professionals from the humanitarian WASH aiming to improve their competencies for career development; Professionals from the water and sanitation sector (private, public or non­governmental sectors) aiming to expand their expertise to the humanitarian sector.


A bachelor's degree or equivalent. Good command of English language. Preferably with working experience on humanitarian contexts at the local, national or international level. You are required to complete Units 1 to 5 of the Building a Better Response online training ( before the start of the course. This free training consists of 5 self-paced units covering (some of) the basic humanitarian system structures and should take between 8-10 hours to complete.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 May 2022
End: 02 September 2022
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 01 May 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1065

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the components and functioning of multi-level governance systems and apply them to humanitarian contexts
  2. Analyse data from humanitarian information systems to support decision-making processes within WASH programs
  3. Analyse quality, monitoring and accountability systems within WASH
  4. Explain leadership skills to influence decision-making processes

Course content

The Humanitarian Architecture

  • What constitutes a humanitarian situation and different types.
  • Identify the major actors in humanitarian sector (e.g., UN Agencies, INGOs, RCRC, relevant government agencies).
  • International humanitarian principles and legal frameworks.

Governance Landscape in Humanitarian Situations

  • Defining (multi-level) governance as an approach to navigate decision-making.
  • Coordination mechanisms in humanitarian contexts.
  • Humanitarian frameworks for decision-making.
  • Intersection of governance in different humanitarian contexts. Inter-personal leadership for influence.

Analysis of Decision-making for Humanitarian WASH

  • Challenges of information management for decision-making in and across sectors in humanitarian contexts.
  • Enhancing communication and effective cooperation.
  • Opportunities and challenges of decision-making processes within Humanitarian WASH.
  • Limitations of decision-making processes in Humanitarian WASH.

Safeguarding Humanitarian WASH Outcomes

  • Introducing the Humanitarian Imperative - Sphere project
  • Adapting and improving monitoring, quality and accountability mechanisms in humanitarian WASH.
  • Consensus building and negotiation for humanitarian WASH
  • Ensuring participation, inclusion and transparency in humanitarian WASH
  • Safeguarding a gender perspective in humanitarian WASH

Key lecturers

  • Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada - IHE-Delft
  • James Brown - OXFAM
  • Lise Lacan - Solidarites
  • Franck Bouvet - UNICEF
  • Jamal Shah - UNICEF
  • Omar El Hattab - UNICEF
  • Roos Tomlinson - UNICEF
  • Christine Heckman- UNICEF
  • Brooke Yamakoshi - UNICEF
  • Sunny Guidotti - UNICEF



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