Urban Humanitarian
Emergencies Course

July 28 - 30, 2015
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Humanitarian organizations, international agencies and governments that serve populations affected by crises find themselves increasingly in urban settings. Agencies face new challenges, and some potential advantages, in these complex urban environments and are only just learning how to approach them. These new challenges take many forms: complicated physical layouts, poorly prepared institutions and infrastructure, a mixed target population of refugees and underserved locals. Furthermore, coordination of NGOs, communities as well as local authorities calls for urgent education and training in urban crises.

The Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course is a three-day training organized by the Academy's Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative to train humanitarian professionals on the current issues and practices involved in this unique and expanding area of research and practice. The course faculty is experienced in humanitarian training and has on-the-ground experience with humanitarian crises in urban areas.

Topics Covered in the 2014 Course:

  • Response to Recovery
  • Coordination
  • Communication
  • Assessment and Prioritization
  • Integrated Sectors
  • Finance and Economy
  • Markets
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Delivering Aid
  • Violence and Protection
  • Health
  • Exit Strategy

Registration Information

Course fees will cover the workshop, breakfast, lunch and course materials. Formal confirmation of enrollment will be sent upon receipt of course fees and review of requested registration materials. The Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course is a self-funded program and all participants are required to pay a registration fee. At this time participation scholarships are not available. Please note that accommodations and travel are not included in the course fee.

For International Participants

Special Instructions

The Humanitarian Academy at Harvard encourages workshop participation by international guests.  If you will be traveling from another country to attend the workshop and will need a visa to enter the United States, then please read carefully the following information.
Please note that participants must specifically request a Letter of Support for a Visa application by emailing hhiurbancourse@gmail.com.

Due to the visa application process, it is recommended that you register for the workshop and fully pay by March 27, 2015. Invitation letters for the purposes of securing a visa will be sent by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard under only the following conditions:

- Registration is completed and paid in full.  A credit card or a wire transfer are the only payment methods accepted from international guests.  International checks will not be accepted.  International attendees who select “check” as the payment method will not be registered.

- Proof of hotel reservations or alternative lodging within metropolitan Boston OR a letter of support from your organization verifying your intent to attend the specified program.


Need A Visa?

If course fees have been paid and you require a Visa to attend the class, please notify the course organizers as soon as possible in order to request a letter. If you have paid and subsequently your Visa request is denied, you may transfer your registration to another course at no charge or request a cancellation refund. Cancellations for denied Visas are handled on a case by case basis and you may need to provide proof of Visa denial.

Cancellation Policy

1. Registration may be transferred to a colleague at any time free of charge.
2. Registration may be deferred to following years course, free of charge, up until 30 days prior to the first day of the course. Deferment request received within 30 days of start of class a $150 USD fee will apply.
3. Cancellation requests received up until 30 days prior to first day of the course will be eligible for a refund minus $150 USD cancellation fee.
4. Cancellation requests received within 30 days of the start of the course will not be eligible for a refund.

Email Us

All cancellation and deferment requests should be submitted to: