ECHO finances network and training study initiatives in the humanitarian field, such as NOHA.
NOHA is the first network of universities at European level dealing with the development of Humanitarian Action Education. It seeks greater professionalism among humanitarian workers through the provision of solid intellectual grounding and the development of sound concepts and principles that would in turn lead to "good practice". It also contributes to greater awareness of humanitarian issues among the broader public and among policy makers. It has been a model of inspiration for other quality networks.
The NOHA Master’s Programme is an inter-university, multidisciplinary postgraduate programme that provides high quality education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of international humanitarian assistance. NOHA provides an interdisciplinary approach, linking theory, practice, participatory learning and case-based reflections. Several courses have been published.
NOHA was jointly developed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and Directorate-General Education and Culture of the European Commission under the auspices of the Socrates-Erasmus programme. The NOHA Master’s programme is the first initiative of its kind in the world.
The administration and organisation of the NOHA programme is entirely in the hands of the participating universities. For more info, you should look at the NOHA website and contact the local coordinators for details.
Within the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection a training programme has been set up with a view to improving the co-ordination of civil protection assistance interventions by ensuring compatibility and complementarity between the intervention teams from the participating states. It also enhances the skills of experts involved in civil protection assistance operations through the sharing of best practices. This programme involves training courses, the organisation of joint exercises and a system of exchange of experts of the participating states.