Why is this important?
Expertise in humanitarian aid increases its overall effectiveness.
In the aftermath of a major crisis, good intentions are not enough. Relief assistance has progressively shifted from the provision of basic services to more efficient and principled interventions, which prepare for disasters and conflicts ahead of time and focus on delivering needs and rights-based assistance performed by fully committed and qualified experts.
Consequently, it is becoming ever more essential that the humanitarian sector is professionalised and experts receive high quality and in-depth training so that the relief and assistance they provide can help people in need as much as possible.
What are we doing?
The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) funds education and training initiatives through the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). The network is an association of ten universities which aim at enhancing professionalism in the humanitarian sector.
The Network provides education, research and training opportunities in humanitarian action. By promoting the debate on humanitarian work, it also contributes to awareness raising on humanitarian issues.
The Network is supported by ECHO and by the European Commission's Erasmus-Mundus programme. It offers certified high level courses like the Joint Master in Humanitarian Action as well as refresher courses.
Over 3 000 graduates have already benefitted from the programme since it was launched in 1993. NOHA's approach provides students with a combination of theoretical concepts and practical cases that will give them a unique perspective and set of skills to perform better in real life emergency situations.