Objectives of the course
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
• understand the past and current relation of the aid sector with technical and technological innovations.
• assess the main ideologies that inform the innovation turn in the aid sector and the entanglements between humanitarian governance and tech philanthropy.
• question data extraction, management, and protection by humanitarian organisations.
• differentiate potential uses and sectors for digital innovations, from health to information, translation, logistics, cash and voucher assistance.
• critically examine such innovations’ sociopolitical, ethical and technological challenges and limitations.
• discuss cooperation and collaboration with the private sector and the humanitarian innovations labs where objects and techniques are conceived and implemented.
Around 20-25 hours of work each week, including:
- Asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, etc.).
- Synchronous live sessions.
Structure of the course
- Rethinking innovation in the aid sector: historical and socio-anthropological perspectives.
- Technological determinism and global philanthropy.
- Ethics and challenges of innovations, data management and protection.
- Sector 1: Digital technologies for healthcare and people on the move.
- Sector 2: New information technologies for risk communication.
- Sector 3: Drones and humanitarian assistance.
- Sector 4: Blockchains and bitcoins in humanitarian programmes.
- Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in using digital innovations and new technologies
- Professionals from other sectors (donor agency, healthcare workers, communication and media, interpretation and translation, tech startups, engineering, logistics) who wish to increase their understanding of digital innovations in humanitarian contexts
- Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
- motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
- CV (Résumé)
- Copy of your highest diploma
- Work certificate or official document of your current job position
- Proof of English language competence (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent); see details here
- Scanned copy of passport
More information about the admission process is available on our application page.
- Dates 16 - 27 October 2023
- Duration Two weeks
- Location Online
- Language English
- CREDITS 1 ECTS
- Fee 1,700 CHF
- Application Deadline 24 September 2023
- If applying for a scholarship Deadline: No scholarships are available for this course.