Online Course, Sustainable Development in Humanitarian Action, ICRC

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    Sustainable Development in Humanitarian Action

    Discover the principles and practices of sustainable development, and how to bring them to life in humanitarian organisations.

    Find out how to make humanitarian action more sustainable

    Incorporating sustainability into humanitarian action is key to making humanitarian organisations more effective and accountable. The course will show you how.

    You’ll look at sustainability in the supply chain and field operations of a humanitarian organisation, covering the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic efficiency, social equity and environmental preservation.

    Ultimately, you’ll learn how to design and implement a sustainability strategy; at project, programme and organisational level.

    What topics will you cover?

    • Week 1: Sustainable development in a humanitarian context
    • Week 2. Sustainable supply chain: Applying the life-cycle perspective
    • Week 3. Sustainability in field operations: Water, energy and waste
    • Week 4: Setting up a sustainability program

    When would you like to start?

    • 21 January 2019

    What will you achieve?

    By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

    • Explain what sustainable development is and its relevance to humanitarian action.
    • Reflect on the importance of incorporating sustainability in a humanitarian organization.
    • Describe the stages of the life-cycle assessment and the role each stage has in reducing the environmental footprint of humanitarian activities.
    • Identify potential environmental and social risks associated with the procurement and logistics activities of a humanitarian organization.
    • Identify challenges associated with implementing sustainability initiatives in a humanitarian context.
    • Identify good practices of sustainability initiatives carried out to improve water, waste and energy management in the field.
    • Explain how to develop a sustainability strategy and list its key elements.
    • Identify what factors lead to the successful incorporation of a sustainability strategy in a humanitarian organization.
    • Develop a sustainability development strategy to mitigate main environmental risks linked to the core activities of a company or organization.

     

     

    Who is the course for?

    This course would suit staff and volunteers working in the humanitarian sector, particularly in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It’d also be of use to individuals operating in developing countries that have weak State capacity. It may also interest those who want to see how sustainability can be applied to humanitarian action.

    Who will you learn with?

    Kathrine Vad

    Kathrine Vad

    Kathrine Vad is the sustainable development adviser of the ICRC. She’s an engineer in industrial ecology with a long experience in environmental policy development and implementation.

    Anna Maria Liwak

    Anna Maria Liwak

    Sustainable Development Specialist at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Course facilitator.

    Alain Oppliger

    Alain Oppliger

    Alain Oppliger, Director of sustain4, is a mechanical engineer specializing in renewable energy. He was previously adviser on sustainable development at the ICRC.
    Course facilitator.

    Who developed the course?

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, with 190 national societies and 17 million volunteers around the world.

    The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

    Homuork designs e-learning experiences for companies and universities. From their headquarters in Barcelona, they foster social & digital transformation for clients worldwide.

    Join this course

    Free

    $0

     

    • Access to this course for 6 weeks

     

    • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

    Upgrade

    $69

     

    • Unlimited access to this course
    • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
    • Tests to validate your learning
    • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible

     

    • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime
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