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NOHA – University of Deusto runs a 5-day course in Humanitarian Protection

17 May 2014

30 June 2014 – 4 July 2014, Bilbao, Spain

Co-directed by Cristina Churruca Muguruza (Human Rights Institute – University of Deusto) and Enrique Eguren (Protection  International)


The protection of affected populations in situations of crisis, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters, has become a main element of humanitarian action. Humanitarian agencies have developed policies, manuals, and guidelines for protection. However, its operationalization remains a challenge for humanitarian actors due to, inter alia, the persistent ambiguity of the concept, its complexity, and, in many cases, the lack of external references and standards for implementation.

This course will offer an informed and practice-oriented approach to the main challenges, current discussions, and key issues around humanitarian protection. The course consists of a combination of lectures, case studies, and in-depth discussions. Participants will be presented with concepts and tools to assess protection needs to develop programs in protection.


This course is targeted to persons with experience in humanitarian action.


. Language: English

. Dates: 30 June – 04 July 2014

. Duration: 50 hours – 2 ECTS credits

. Place: University of Deusto campus, Bilbao – Spain

. Course fee: 550 euros (including all course material)

* A limited number of grants (50% of the fee) are available upon motivated request.


-Introduction to core concepts and legal frameworks

-Needs assessment in protection (risk approach)

-Designing a protection program: objectives and activities

-Follow up and evaluation of protection programs

-Humanitarian protection and specific thematic areas: IDP, SGBV, communities, peacekeeping, and others.

-Main challenges and current discussions around humanitarian protection limits and advances.


Candidates should send the registration form (download it at by email along with a CV to

*Maximum 25 participants

Pre-registration: until 25 May.

Notification of acceptance: 28 May.

Payment Deadline: 6 June.

*Waitlisted candidates will be notified (in case of acceptance) after 9 June

*Prospective students are responsible for visa arrangements


Deusto offers accommodation in its residence hall: 45.50€ per night in an individual room including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or 68.25€ in a double room. Reservation:

Participants are responsible for their own travel to Bilbao and accommodation. For further information, please contact us at


The speakers are practitioners from various humanitarian agencies (OCHA, ECHO), donors (AECID), INGOs (Oxfam, MSF), NOHA faculty, and professors of the University of Deusto.