The Centre for Research and Capacity Development in Humanitarian Studies (CRCDHS) has specifically been established for people with or without prior field experience who wish to undertake or develop a career in the humanitarian sector. In addition, the Centre is engaged in teaching, capacity development for practicing professionals and research related to emergency humanitarian response. Initial success has been attained through hosting of food security focused emergency response training offered by the World Food Programme (WFP)

The Centre is now developing a course module for Diploma training programme that will give evidence-based training on globally recognized core humanitarian competencies that are essential for anyone involved in disaster response and/or humanitarian assistance.

The core deliverable of the Centre is to students and practitioners prepared with sound knowledge of the background and context of humanitarian emergencies, doctrines and operational procedures for response, familiarity with the international humanitarian law and well framed awareness of the some of the current trends and dilemmas of emergency situations.

The inter linkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of CRCDHS are met.

The centre is an institutional learning platform for humanitarian organizations to optimize locally based teaching capacity. In view of WFP’s ongoing technical cooperation with NEMA and SEMA the Centre supports related activities through institutional support to enhance preparedness capacities, emergency response and disaster risk reduction.

Learning Areas

Technical areas of learning, research and expertise to be incorporated into the Centre’s curriculum include topics already being offered by WFP and other learning areas as follows:

  1. Humanitarian Needs Assessment and response planning;
  2. Food security and nutrition;
  3. Water and sanitation;
  4. Shelter;
  5. Public health in emergencies;
  6. Education and protection;
  7. Disaster management and risk reduction;
  8. Logistics and supply chain in emergency settings;
  9. GIS and Humanitarian Information Management;
  10. Cash Based Transfers and Financial Inclusion;
  11. Nutrition-sensitive programming;
  12. Project design;
  13. Humanitarian Coordination;
  14. Recovery and rehabilitation of distressed communities;
  15. Fundraising for emergency response;
  16. Accountability and results based management;
  17. Security and safety in emergency operations;
  18. Stress management and trauma counseling;
  19. Research and advocacy;
  20. Ethical dilemmas;
  21. Information Management;
  22. Humanitarian Framework.
  23. Strategic Focus

The CRCDHS’s strategic focus is to provide an anchor from which humanitarians and other actors can derive resources for project activities to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. Practitioners and students will also engage in scholar practitioner undertaking aimed to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainable managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

The experience in the North Eastern Nigeria has produced profound lessons that will contribute to learning aimed at ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. This will include fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

CRCDHS’s expanding partnership and association is intended to contribute to sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened local, regional and international solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all communities, all stakeholders and countries. CRCDHS’s association to NEMA, SEMA, WFP and cognate organizations is intended to be a springboard towards a more regional outlook while retaining attention to the local response capacity in Yobe State and North Eastern Nigeria in general.


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