Welcome to Module 1: Cross cutting themes and future directions course. 
The Cross-Cutting Themes and Future Directions course from Humanitarian U addresses important cross-cutting issues that must be considered in all humanitarian operations.  A cross-cutting issue is an issue that is of relevance to all areas of concern, meaning that these need to be kept at the forefront of how humanitarians think in the field. The issues explored in this course include gender, disability, environment, protection, HIV/AIDS and DRR (disaster risk reduction). 

Humanitarians must work in incredibly insecure environments and as such security must play an important part in training and preparation for deployment. This course covers security in the field – both pre-departure and on-site - and includes risk assessments, what to do in specific situations, and how to come home safe.

The programme is made up of several Modules. This online course contains Module 1; you can find links to additional modules below.

Module 1: Cross-cutting issues

Module topics

  • Disability
  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Protection

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Is this course for me?
This module is suitable for all humanitarians, in particular those who are new to the sector, those who are keen to refresh their knowledge, and volunteers in humanitarian response. 
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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • Identify what it means to mainstream cross-cutting issues
  • Associate six cross-cutting issues to humanitarian practice
  • Select best practices when mainstreaming cross-cutting issues
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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 90 minutes to complete
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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.
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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.
The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.

PHAP Credentialing Program: Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem. 

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This course will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

It addresses some aspects of segment 1.4 of the certification assessment outline.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program