The programme is made up of 4 Modules. This course contains Module 3; you can find links to additional modules below.

Module 3: Humanitarian Response and Actors

Module topics

    • What was the humanitarian reform of 2005?
    • What is the UN cluster system?
    • The four pillars

    Learning objectives

    • Define the UN Cluster System
    • Outline the functioning of the UN Cluster system
    • Identify the main reasons coordination is important for the efficiency of the humanitarian system
    • Define the role of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)
    • Outline the humanitarian funding flow from donors to recipients
    • identify what guides the practice of humanitarian partnerships


      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. 


      45 minutes

      About the programme

      The Humanitarian Context, System and Standards programme is part of Humanitarian U's The Core Professional Humanitarian Training Programme. This Core Professional programme offers a complete competency-based curriculum that prepares both aspiring humanitarians and those who are already working in the sector for the challenges they will face in the field. 

      Designed and taught by experts from around the world, the programme combines academic rigor, evidence-based practice, standardized learning objectives, interesting learning activities, case studies and testing to measure performance.

      The other modules in the Context, System and Standards programme are available on Kaya:

      Module 1

      Module 2

      Module 4

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      PHAP Credentialing Program: Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

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

      In particular, the course addresses some aspects of segments 1.5, 2.3, 2.6 and 3.1 of the certification assessment outline.

      Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program