Workshop on the Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice

Program Date

22 Jul 27 Jul 2024

Program Location

Warsaw, Poland

Program Venue

Golden Tulip Warsaw Centre

Registration & Payment Deadline

31 May 2024

Program Introduction

Humanitarian action is a powerful and direct way of making an impact on millions of lives globally. This is especially true if one considers an increase in the frequency, intensity, and complexity of natural disasters and conflicts. Rise in populism, isolation, and division within countries and worldwide stand at odds with true humanitarianism. Many humanitarian organizations struggle to plan and react accordingly to the ever-changing landscape although they are constantly being called to adapt and respond to elevated demands.

This workshop has been designed to teach you everything you might need to know about the contemporary humanitarian system. Throughout the course of your studies, you will learn about relief operations, system, and legal framework for delivering aid. You will be taught about the characteristics of natural disasters, conflicts, and other complex emergencies and how to effectively respond to the needs of the vulnerable population. This workshop is a unique opportunity for any humanitarian worker to gain a structured understanding of the humanitarian practice and acquire hands-on experience and skills that build up a true humanitarian.

Target Audience

Workshop on the Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice is the best suit for:

  • Technical specialists in humanitarian and development sectors
  • Relief Workers from different humanitarian programs
  • The Staff of UN Agencies
  • Governmental Personnel involved in emergency aid
  • Members of various NGOs/INGOs that are involved in humanitarian assistance

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend local and international relief system along with the roles and responsibilities of aid workers
  • Analyze the characteristics of conflicts, natural disasters, and other complex emergencies
  • Understand cultural, social, political, legal, and organizational environment of humanitarian assistance
  • Develop essential skills needed for relief workers
  • Comprehend key challenges facing humanitarian assistance

Program Contents

First Day

  • History of Humanitarianism
  • Understanding Humanitarian Context; Principled Approach
  • Humanitarian as a profession
  • Working in and across humanitarian teams
  • Diversity, Vulnerability, and Inclusion
  • Humanitarian Capacity

Second Day

Third Day

Fourth Day

Fifth Day

  • Humanitarian Quality Assurance
  • Site and Settlement Planning
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Information Management in Humanitarian Context

Sixth Day

Full Day Exposure Visit and Study Tour

The last day of the program shall be fully dedicated to practical observance and knowledge exchange between Risalat Partner Institutions in the host country and the program delegates. Throughout the day, participants will be able to meet with the representatives of different NGOs involved in humanitarian and relief operations and learn more about their strategy and how they handle challenges in practice. In addition to that, program delegates will pay a visit to one of the local refugee hubs and observe their operations in real time.

Program Methodology

Workshop on the Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice is a highly interactive program involving numerous case studies, group assignments, video demonstrations, and the study visit. The presenter will encourage maximum participation of all delegates and promote healthy discussions and knowledge share. Each day will be finalized with participant feedback. The ideas and suggestions received will be considered for the coming sessions to maximize the impact of the program.

Host Country Profile

Poland’s humanitarian profile has been growing over the past year, especially after the war in Ukraine causing a refugee crisis with hundreds of thousands fleeing the country. Polish authorities and NGOs have been heavily involved in the humanitarian response registering and hosting refugees in designated hubs. One of the biggest hubs in Europe, Ptak Warsaw Expo Center with a full capacity of 20’000, only has hosted tens of thousands and assisted with primary supplies and further relocation to other destinations. Emergency and Humanitarian Workers in Poland have accumulated substantial expertise as first responders as well as in analyzing and dealing with the characteristics of complex emergencies.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report