Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

An intensive course for humanitarian professionals taught by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Date: 5-11 June 2016

The course provides an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. The course is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning, and will feature lectures by distinguished academics and practitioners, with an opportunity for small group discussions and exercises.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to critically reflect on:

  • The changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for policy and practice.
  • Implications of current challenges for leadership in humanitarian action.
  • How the complex nature of conflict and state fragility affect preparations for and responses to humanitarian crises.
  • Political transition, the role of justice and security and stabilisation approaches to complex crises


Watch our course video for more information on the course's topics, objectives and speakers:

Feedback for previous HPG courses:

'This has been an outstanding course with top quality speakers, top quality subjects, top quality fellow students. VERY IMPRESSIVE!'

'I genuinely appreciated the diversity of my colleagues both in region of work and in technical expertise. Thank you for all your work on this course and for this opportunity.'

'A real privilege to hear those guest speakers and to share the forum with fellow delegates from conflict-affected areas.'

Course speakers include:

View the programme for a full list of speakers and their biographies.

Professor Mary Kaldor

Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics and author of ‘New and Old wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era

Francesc Vendrell, CMG

Former Head of the UN Special Mission to Afghanistan and Special Representative of the EU for Afghanistan. Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at SAIS and LSE respectively.

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Deputy Director and Academic Dean, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Dr Kevin Watkins

Executive Director, ODI; Visiting Professor, LSE; and nonresident senior fellow, Brookings Institution. Previously director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

Sir John Holmes

Director, Ditchley Foundation. Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Previously served as British Ambassador to Portugal (1999-2001) and France (2001-2007).

Dr Stuart Gordon

Assistant Professor, International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Sara Pantuliano

Director, Humanitarian Programmes, ODI. Previously led led UNDP Sudan’s Peace Building Unit and managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains