Discover the principles of sustainable development, and how to make it a reality in humanitarian organizations.
Find out how to make humanitarian action more sustainable
Embedding sustainability in humanitarian action is essential to make humanitarian organizations more effective and accountable.
You will analyze sustainability in the supply chain and field operations of a humanitarian organization based on the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic efficiency, social equity and environmental preservation.
Finally, you will learn how to design and implement a sustainable development strategy at the level of a project, program or organization.
What topics will you discuss?
- Week 1: What is sustainable development in a humanitarian context?
- Week 2: Sustainability in the supply chain: the life cycle approach.
- Week 3: Sustainability in field operations.
- Week 4: Implementation of a sustainable development program.
When do you want to start?
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What are you going to achieve?
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- To explain what sustainable development is and its relevance for humanitarian action.
- To reflect on the importance of integrating sustainability into a humanitarian organization.
- Describe the stages of a life cycle assessment and the role of each stage in reducing the environmental footprint of humanitarian activities.
- Identify the potential environmental and social risks associated with the procurement and logistics activities of a humanitarian organization.
- Identify the challenges associated with the implementation of sustainability initiatives in a humanitarian context.
- Identify good practices of sustainable development initiatives carried out to improve water, waste and energy management in the field.
- Explain how to develop a sustainable development strategy and list the essential elements.
- To identify the factors that lead to the successful integration of a sustainability strategy in a humanitarian organization.
- Apply a sustainable development strategy to mitigate the main environmental risks associated with the daily activities of a business or organization.
- Describe the impacts of climate change on humanitarian work and affected populations.
Who is the course for?
This course is intended for staff and volunteers working in the humanitarian sector, in particular within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It is also useful for people working in developing countries with weak state capacities. It may also be of interest to those interested in seeing how sustainability can be applied to humanitarian action.
Who are you going to learn with?
Kathrine Vad is the ICRC's sustainable development advisor. She is an engineer in industrial ecology with a long experience in the development and implementation of environmental policies.
Anna maria liwak
Sustainable development specialist at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Course leader.
Who developed the course?
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
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.
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