Humanitarian Management 1

Regularly you can read in the newspaper about different kinds of disasters that hit a country, for instance: flooding, war, hunger. Just think about the recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chili, and New Zealand. Maybe you have asked yourself what can be done or even what can I do to contribute to alleviating people’s distress? In this minor you will have the chance to become more involved.



  • Semester: fall
  • Amount of ECTS: 15
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Humanitarian Management 1 is a theoretical module. It is offered in period 1 and 3 and it is English spoken. An English level of B2 is required. The course deals with the following:

The Humanitarian Management program focuses on developing countries, countries in conflict and countries that are faced with disasters. It contains a deep analysis of the causes and consequences of these crises for the country itself but also for the international community and your own business. It also gives a student wider knowledge of the humanitarian aid work. The field of humanitarian assistance is very broad. Some examples of organizations in the field of Humanitarian Assistance are: United Nations, Governments, International Red Cross, Artsen zonder Grenzen (Doctors without Borders), War Child, Oxfam Novib, etc. Profit organizations are also increasingly becoming involved in humanitarian affairs: Shell, Unilever, Fair Trade or Max Havelaar are some examples.

Some cases that are relevant in the humanitarian field are for instance the natural and political disaster in Haiti, the political conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, the position of women, the position of children, poverty etc.

Among others the following subjects will be discussed:

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Assistance
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Geopolitics
  • Comprehensive security in times of disaster
  • Socio-cultural aspects of aid work
  • (Project) Management
  • Safety and Security in the field
  • Humanitarian Actors and stakeholder analysis
  • Aid worker research
  • Logistics and Supply Chain management

After completion of the Humanitarian Management Minor you will have a broad knowledge about the humanitarian field on topics such as geopolitics and international relations, the experience of the aid worker, logistics management and humanitarian response to disasters.

On completion of this minor you are able to:

  1. Analyse and understand humanitarian terminology and principles and how a humanitarian aid organisation operates .
  2. Write a report that gives a comprehensive analysis of a recent humanitarian disaster from a multi-disciplinary approach
  3. Perform research on the work of aid workers, including the design of the research, data collection, analysis and report writing.
  4. Prepare a professional project proposal according to the standards of Project Cycle Management, including a thorough problem analysis, formulation of measurable objectives, realistic planning, budgeting and strong argumentation.
  5. Defend the project proposal verbally with strong communication skills

Module co-ordinator(s)

Saskia Homoet (

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Guest lectures, Writing papers, Writing project proposal, Performing research, Presentation of weekly topics in Case Based Learning sessions, Field preparation, Presentation/defence