Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

HI2 Training


2018 BIARI Philippines: Community Resilience for Natural Disasters

2018 BIARI Philippines will convene an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners to develop a better understanding of community resilience as it pertains to disaster risk reduction and management. The training will tackle community resilience in the context of the Philippine Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Framework based on Global and Local Good Practice and Experience from Past Disasters. Lectures, workshops, and other activities will be grouped into sectoral themes such as Livelihood and Business Development, Housing and Settlement, Social Services, etc. Issues that cut across sectors, such as vulnerable groups, gender sensitivity, poverty, and the environment will also be discussed. The training program will take place in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines on October 21-27, 2018.

2018 BIARI: Social Entrepreneurship within Health and Humanitarian Innovation

Social entrepreneurship stimulates social change by addressing root causes of problems with a systems lens and creating solutions that are transformative, ethical and sustainable. Social entrepreneurship is a young field that transforms inequitable conditions, including within the healthcare and humanitarian spheres. This field embeds ethics and community engagement into its core approaches, and promotes scholarship to bring a rigorous and critical lens to the effectiveness and impact of the emerging models. This training program provides a foundational knowledge of social entrepreneurship as a field of practice and research;  a critical review of social entrepreneurship curriculum and pedagogy; and an examination of case studies from successful and failed partnerships in social entrepreneurial endeavors and research projects.

HI2 Undergraduate Training

Undergraduate Courses and Programs

By its very nature, humanitarian assistance is an incredibly multidisciplinary field, incorporating a diverse range of academic arenas. Our affiliated faculty offer a wide range of undergraduate courses that focus on issues of humanitarian response, post-conflict reconstruction, human rights, and disaster preparedness. Through these interdisciplinary course offerings, students will be exposed to the complexities and challenges of humanitarian emergencies as well as strategies employed to mitigate and respond to these disturbances.     

Civil-Military Pandemic Response Network (CM-PRN)

The Civil-Military Pandemic Response Network (CM-PRN) is an informal online network formed of key experts from across humanitarian, military, and research communities, which seeks to facilitate dialogue for improving humanitarian civil-military coordination in responding to pandemics and other emerging global catastrophic biological threats.

Use of Electronic Data Collection in Humanitarian Response

Funded through the HI² Training Seed Grant Program, this program will train representatives from the Chiredzi and Mwenezi district government departments, project staff and other stakeholders in electronic data collection during humanitarian interventions. The trainings, which are scheduled for March 2018 will leverage existing expertise, resources, and relationships with district stakeholders and the Midland State University.

Strengthening Partnerships and Capacities of National Actors North Darfur State

Funded through the HI² Training Seed Grant Program, this one-day roundtable discussion in North Darfur State, Sudan will focus on Strengthening Partnerships and Capacities of National Actors. It will target 16 policy makers, programmers, and the most active national NGOs in North Darfur State. The event will be a participatory and instructive roundtable discussion with the primary objective of strengthening the national capacities to understand and manage crises and become more resilient to shocks.

Global Emergency Response and Recovery Partner Engagement

In support of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandate to ensure rapid response to public health emergencies of international concern under the Global Health Security Agenda, this CDC-funded project is a Consortium between Brown University faculty and three operational humanitarian organizations, including International Medical Corps, Africa Humanitarian Action, and Mercy Malaysia.

Humanitarian Essentials for Youth

Funded through the HI² Training Seed Grant Program, the objective of this project is to develop an awareness training module on “Humanitarian essentials for the youth”. The module content will be of global context and based on the key humanitarian skills required, for youth when demanded to volunteer in a humanitarian crisis. The module could be used in any context around the world to raise awareness among the youth either in a unique half a day program or could be embedded in few days long youth workshops as one of the modules.

Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program

This 7-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to develop new training and research programs to support emergency and disaster care in Rwanda. The Human Resources for Health Program focuses on knowledge transfer, sustained collaboration, and the establishment of new medical residency, nursing specialty, health management, and oral health programs within the Rwandan education system.



The Professional Association of Academic Training Centers in Humanitarian Health (PAATCHH), composed of North American universities and NGOs, aims to address the need for greater professionalization of the humanitarian workforce, promote the rigorous implementation of evidence- based practice, and foster a culture of innovation and knowledge dissemination.