NOHA Fall School in Humanitarian Action 2015 / Brussels

Humanitarian Action today has to take into account political, cultural, legal and health dimensions. For the seventh time, the NOHA Fall School will be conducted by university staff and field actors in order to provide professionals with a global approach and specific tools.

The Fall School aims at training professionals dealing with projects in humanitarian action (HA) in order to give them a critical overview of HA in a multidisciplinary perspective and the relevant information for the evaluation of projects. New challenges in HA will also be examined.

Target audience includes civil servants, staff from local, international and civil society organisations, and more generally those who are involved in HA and feel the need to upgrade their basic knowledge and skills.

The seventh NOHA Fall School is run by the NOHA Network on Humanitarian Action and the day-to-day management is supervised by Prof Catherine Gourbin, NOHA Director at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), and Vincent Eiffling, coordinator at the UCL, in Belgium.


(Download full programme below)

Day 1 – Monday, October 19

ECHO World Humanitarian Summit Communication
Ms Gosia Pearson, ECHO, Unit A1,

ECHO’s presentation
Mrs Anne Simon, DG ECHO

A short history of Humanitarian action. Principles for Humanitarian action at stake today
Pr. Pat Gibbons, UCD

The ICRC’s mandate and the humanitarian principles
Mr Alexandre De Jaeger, Public Affairs Advisor, ICRC Brussels

The UN System and HA: about coordination
Mr Vincent Hubin, Head of UNOCHA Liaison Office Brussels

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 20

Public Health in humanitarian action
Dr. Vibeke Brix Christensen, School of Global Health, Copenhagen

Introduction to international humanitarian Law
Pr. Raphaël Van Steenberghe, UCL

HL: Case studies and exercises
Pr. Raphaël Van Steenberghe, UCL

Day 3 – Wednesday, October 21

Anthropology and humanitarian action
Me Evelin Cleynen, MSF

Management and logistics of humanitarian action
Mr Jan Weuts, Emergency Aid coordinator, Caritas International Brussels and UCL

Humanitarian Charter and the SPHERE standards: introduction and application within needs assessment, planning and monitoring
Dr. Peter Schmitz, University of Bonn

Day 4 – Thursday, October 22

Peace operations and multinational crisis management: missions of human protection
Mrs Milena Berks, CECRI, UCL

Mrs Sophie Borel, NOHA General Manager

Politicization of HA? When Geopolitics and Foreign Policy enter the field
Pr. Amine Aït-Chalaal, UCL

Syrian refugees crisis (NGO)
Moderator: Mr Bob Ghosn (NOHA)
Pr. Elena Aoun, UCL-Mons, CECRI
Mr Ammar Al Naquib, Save the Children, Turkey
Mr Alexandre De Jaeger, Public Affairs Advisor, ICRC
Mr Boulet Desbareau, MSF

Day 5 – Friday, October 23

Civil protection
Mr Bart Materne, DG ECHO

Resilience – DDRP, Resilience case study
Mr. Marcus Oxley, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction - UK

Round Table: Fund Raising and Donors: relations, modalities of cooperation and impact on humanitarian action:
Chair: Mrs Sophie Borel (NOHA), Mrs Anne Simon (ECHO), Mrs Silvia Croes (Humanitarian unit, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mrs Valeria Boatti (Norwegian Refugee Council), Mrs Belinda Eguis Del Toro (Handicap International), Mrs Magali Mourlon (VOICE)

Venue: Fondation Universitaire Stichting, Room A (1st floor), Rue d’Egmont-straat 11, B-1000 Brussels,
Belgium (Metro-bus: TROON-TRÔNE)

Practical information


Admission is granted on the basis of past education (Master degree or equivalent) and/or experience in the field. Candidates should send back a CV and letter of motivation by email to:
or by post to:
Prof Catherine Gourbin
NOHA / Université Catholique de Louvain
Collége Jacques Leclercq
Place Montesquieu 1, bte L2.08.03
1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


The participation fees amount to € 300 per person. Daily lunch and working material are included. Free-of-charge positions are available for ECHO staff members.


Fondation Universitaire Stichting
Rue d’Egmonstraat 11
B-1000 Brussels

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