The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance is the flagship program of Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. Through it, mid-career professionals are equipped with the theoretical and practical training to lead a more sustainable, dignified humanitarian sector.
The IDHA is an intensive, four-week residential training program run by alumni practitioners and features lectures, courses, and hands-on training conducted by world-renowned humanitarian professionals.
IDHA alum Wissam Sallakho explains the experience the program provided her: “IDHA has given me valuable information about being prepared [as an ICRC] delegate or foreign employee in the humanitarian sector. It’s a point of view that highlights risks and how to mitigate them, and what you should consider in different countries. I was planning to apply and enroll in short missions in different contexts, and participate in providing support and help to the people in need. I hesitated, but now, after the IDHA, I’m going to do it.”
IFRC employee for nearly 30 years and IDHA alumnus, tutor, lecturer, and IDHA alumni council chair Peter’ Piwi’ Hoffman cites the camaraderie and fellowship as the part of the IDHA that he most looks forward to.
Indeed, each IDHA has welcomed thousands of humanitarian workers in cities around the world – from Kathmandu to Amman, New York to Geneva. Unique among other academic trainings of its kind, the IDHA emphasizes cultural diversity, cooperation, and teamwork. Students join a cohort of diverse and highly qualified aid and development professionals from all over the world. As Piwi notes, this diverse atmosphere of impressive participants, faculty, and staff creates a wonderful forum for lasting friendships and dignified relationships.
The IDHA is taking place January 10 – February 5, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on the program, costs and application procedure, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit our official website.