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OBGP 2040 - Designing Relief Projects in Conflict and Disaster Settings

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 28

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

The course will start with an introduction to the humanitarian system and interventions, as well as the environment in which relief projects are designed and implemented. Students are therefore not expected to have previous knowledge of the aid world. The course will then move on to the describing and explaining the successive steps of project cycle management: needs assessment, response analysis, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The course will be divided between lectures and workshops to guide students to develop and submit their own humanitarian project proposal in groups. The classic tools used in the aid sector will be introduced step by step during lectures, and will be applied during workshops to a specific relief project that students will progressively design in groups. Students will be assigned to work in groups at the start of the course to design a relief project throughout the semester and submit their project proposal at the end of the course (using real world templates). Students will present and defend their project proposal to a jury at the end of the course, simulating the situation of an NGO negotiating with a donor.


  • JUILLARD, Helene (Consultante Humanitaire)
  • SCHNEIDER, Anne-Charlotte (Responsable des Urgences humanitaires)

Pedagogical format

The methodology of the course is explained. Major debates and stakeholders of the humanitarian sector are introduced in order to situate relief projects in their political and institutional context. Students will be assigned to groups of 4 to 5 people, as well as a specific country in which the group will have to design a project throughout the semester.

Course validation

Written: Final project proposal as a group mark, 50% of the final mark. Oral: Group Workshop presentations during Sessions 6 & 7: 20% of the final mark (average of the two class presentations). Individual mark during the final defence of the project: 20% of the final mark. Individual mark of the overall participation during the semester: 10% of the final mark.

Required reading

Refer to the syllabus online

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