Certificate Programme in Disaster Management   


The course is of 22 credits and a participant can complete the certificate course within 12 months from the start of the programme. This is an online distance learning programme where the participants study, complete internship and term paper in their country.

Learning to Learn (Non-credit)

The participants will be oriented and introduced to the methodology of online classroom and the tools for communication and interactions. They will also be guided through practical exercises and will have the chance to clarify their concerns on the entire learning process. Each session in a course will have a compulsory reading, and the course will be further explicated with case studies and other audio-visual material from diverse contexts. The assessment method for each course will be communicated at the start of the course by the tutor and students will have to maintain the minimum grade for passing.

World of Red Cross(Non-Credit)

This module, introduces the participants to the World of Red Cross and Red Crescent (WORC). The three main components of Red Cross and their roles consisting of

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and 187 members Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will be discussed.

The role of IFRC and their work in field of disaster management and humanitarian response will be traced in detail historically for learning and understanding.

The Strategy 2020 will be elaborately discussed covering its core strategies such as

  • Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises
  • Enable healthy and safe living, and
  • Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
To understand the entire cycle of disaster management, from disaster risk assessment and disaster risk reduction to disaster response and post-disaster recovery it is essential to understand the broader developmental context in which disasters and disaster management are situated.
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This module provides a clear understanding of humanitarianism and humanitarian principles underlying the response to natural disasters and conflicts. It highlights the need for accountability and transparency during disaster responses through various practical examples and illustrations.
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This module aims to develop a conceptual understanding of hazard, exposure, risk, vulnerability and disaster. The course explains how vulnerability (internal susceptibility or defenselessness) and hazard (an external event) interact to create disasters.
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The objective of the module is to develop knowledge and a critical outlook on the different frameworks, approaches and methods for disaster prevention, preparedness and vulnerability reduction which include Conceptual Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction - the Hyogo Framework for Action, DRR Measures (Assessment, Early Warning, Natural Resource Management, Social and Economic Developmental Practices), DRR Planning, Hazard and Risk Reduction Strategies: Objectives of Disaster Risk Reduction, Understanding Resilience, Linking Vulnerability Reduction and Disaster Recovery.
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Information communication Technology (ICT) and Geo-informatics Technology (GIT) have been widely used in planning, mitigation, and response in the disaster situations. Besides alerting of the crisis ICT can help us in diverse ways some of which includes disaster preparedness through computer, television, radio, HAM radio and community radio, internet, email, mobile, social media, blogging; emergency response applications like distress communication and deploying bio surveillance for critical diseases either in short or long term etc.
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Disaster response in an important component in disaster management and has emerged as an important field of study in recent years. With the increasing incidence and intensity of disaster events, there is a constant demand from the field for people trained in the basics of disaster response. There is need to have a broad understanding of the multiple stakeholders involved in disaster response and the standards to be upheld in humanitarian aid, relief and rehabilitation and development. This course tries to address these concerns modestly by orienting the participants about various concepts relating to organized Response, Nature and Type of Immediate Response, Disaster Management Plans, Key Response Functions including Public Health, Logistics and Governance, Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Economics and Financial Aspects of Recovery and Reconstruction.
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The Term Paper requirement is designed to be a unique self-study course for participants to the online certificate programme.
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The Internship or Field Work in the certificate programme shall enable the participants to develop a broader national and international perspective on disaster management.
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