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: 11-18 June 2017

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.

Video

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

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

Apply for the course.

Deadline: Sunday 12 March

Professor Mary Kaldor

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

Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Professor of International History, the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

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).

Tom Keatinge

Director of the CFCS at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). 

Dr Stuart Gordon

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

Alex Thier

Executive Director, ODI; formerly a senior official at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to ODI, he founded Triple Helix, a US-based consultancy firm which aimed to increase access to off-grid, renewable energy in Africa and Asia.

Dr Sara Pantuliano

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