Negotiation in Humanitarian Crises

For a long time negotiating in humanitarian operations was felt as compromising on principles and norms. It is only recently that it was found as reinforcing humanitarian impact to take into consideration the interests of all sides and the context in order to make a deal.

This executive short course is a full-time training that focuses on the design of adapted negotiation strategies in humanitarian settings, as well as the development of participant’s self-awareness. It links real situations experienced by participants with the latest concepts around humanitarian negotiation, meaning negotiations aimed at securing access, assistance and protection for civilians facing humanitarian emergencies.

A printable “course-at-a-glance” document is available here.

In collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN).

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the objectives and specificities of humanitarian negotiation
  • Apply a negotiation framework adapted to humanitarian crises
  • Select and manage the most appropriate interaction and communication modes with various stakeholders while in a negotiation process
  • Discover your personal style as negotiator and its consequences.


Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

  • E-learning materials (videos, readings, forum discussions, individual and collective work, exercises, reflective analysis, role play)
  • Live sessions (including online discussions)
  • Producing an essay (only for those wanting academic certification)

Structure of the course

  • Defining the similarities and differences between Humanitarian Negotiations and other types of negotiation
  • Analysing a negotiation context
  • Defining a strategy adapted to humanitarian crises
  • Panel with experts
  • Special types of negotiation: abduction of humanitarian staff, mediation with communities.
  • Role plays

Fee information

The course fee is 1,700 CHF. This does not include travel and accommodation.

How to register

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