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22 Feb 2016
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The classroom was filled with people from all over the world with tangible experience in responding to disasters, armed conflict, health issues, and development and emergency situations.

Richard Slade, Australian Red Cross

Humanitarian diplomacy is persuading decision makers and opinion leaders to act at all times in the interests of vulnerable people, and with full respect for fundamental humanitarian principles.

The online diploma course in humanitarian diplomacy, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with DiploFoundation, extends the knowledge base and develops the practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy.

This course is currently offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and the final research paper in French.

In this short video, alumni member Sabrina Konzok from the German Youth Red Cross explains the value of the international exchange of ideas and experiences which the course facilitated.

In another video, alumni member Dolf van Muijen from the Netherlands Red Cross explains how the course was both inspiring and enabling due to the interaction with highly experienced tutors and other participants from diverse backgrounds. The course allowed him to take a step back from his day-to-day work to reflect on his practice and how it fits into a wider humanitarian diplomacy strategy.

Rachel Banfield, Advocacy, Policy and Research Advisor at the New Zealand Red Cross, writes 'I’m really glad I did the course and have found it very valuable for my day to day work, particularly as, working for a small National Society, I’m the only person here focusing on advocacy. It was a great way to build networks of people doing similar things – I visited British Red Cross when I was in London recently and also spoke to my counterpart at NorCross which was incredibly helpful for a similar humanitarian diplomacy campaign we are doing here.'

Visit the course webpage to read more and apply online by 11 January 2016.

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