Our new vision and name: Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies


We are proud to announce that from today we become the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, formerly known as CERAH, the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action.

Our new name is simple, yet effective. It reflects our new vision and the various services we will offer from July 2020: a wide range of specialist and academic courses on humanitarian action, both online and residential, in Geneva and around the world, closer to where professionals work; integrated, evidence-based research looking at trends and changes in the sector; and policy events on contemporary topics affecting the humanitarian sector. 

We will expand our values of diversity, quality, ethical action and independence in our training, research and other activities.

While we continue to be supported by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, as well as benefitting from key partnerships with Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross, we are working on expanding and strengthening collaborations with new partners. 

Our Director, Prof. Karl Blanchet, presents the Centre new vision and direction:

A new visual identity

Our new visual identity puts our key audience, humanitarian professionals, centre stage. We use portraits of real doctors, project managers, nurses, communications professionals immersed in different humanitarian contexts to show the richness and the diversity of what our tagline “improving humanitarian response” really means.

We, together with our students and partners, are part of this global commitment. 

The circularity of our new logo refers to the fact that all our activities are interconnected. The logo also evokes the cycle that our students follow: with the majority already being humanitarian professionals working in the field, who then take one of our courses to improve their skills and expertise, and then return to their fieldwork with strengthened skills and knowledge.

Our logo incorporates the colours of our parent institutions: the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the University of Geneva, to show in a more direct way the strong ties we have with these two academic and research centres.

A public statement about the launch is available here.

Find out more about our most recent achievements and browse our Annual Report 2019.