DATES: SEP 28 - OCT 2, 2020    
TUITION: $1000    







Disasters and emergencies are inevitable and their impacts are often severe, and pose many challenges. This is so whether these originate from natural causes, or are caused by humankind, or occur as a combination of both. Causes include infectious diseases, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, and increasingly the many threats posed by climate change. Important questions arise in respect to developing suitable strategies for managing risks; and also in respect to preventing, mitigating, and responding to these crises.

This seminar will assess key aspects from within an interagency and interdisciplinary perspective, including applicable legal frameworks; developing sector strategies; economic and social dislocations, as well as exploring key concepts such as crisis communication; emergency procurement; managing supply chains; anti-corruption measures and the important role of leadership, whilst focusing on implementing response policies.

Particular attention will be paid to the challenges faced by emerging or transitional economies. As has been noted in the literature, the impact of disasters and emergencies on development is apparent and the importance of disaster risk management is growing. However, developing countries often struggle to effectively integrate strategic approaches with national policy, and also with effective implementation practices. It is often the poor populations in disaster areas that are hardest hit by losses and setbacks.

This seminar is designed specifically for the benefit of those actors in the public and private sectors and NGOs who are engaged in disaster and emergency management programming and implementation, as well as government officials in related ministries (finance, agriculture, environment, health, etc.) whose areas of responsibilities may intersect with, or be impacted by, disaster and emergency management policies, programming and/or implementation aspects. Case studies will be introduced throughout the seminar.



The seminar will be delivered through 5 live on-Line sessions via Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at 8:30am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.


Course Outline



Legal frameworks

  • Key aspects of international legal framework/s (including treaties) for an effective and humane approach to disaster and emergency management
  • National disaster and emergency management legal frameworks



Developing an effective national sector plan

  • Responsibilities and supervision
  • Participation and consultation with national and local stakeholders, including civil society; the private sector; and more
  • Considerations for institution building and reform

Role of the public sector and governmental policies

  • Enabling a cooperative interagency environment
  • Public sector budgets and fiscal capacity
  • Coordinated policies in land use, energy, water and other natural resources, irrigation, food safety and consumer protection, education, employment, trade, investment and competition, subsidies, price supports and other market interventions, infrastructure development, taxation and others
  • Food supply, emergency preparedness and disaster relief

Role of the private sector

  • Supply chains
  • Access to technology and to research and development
  • Access to funds and financial technology
  • Enhanced employment
  • Education and training
  • Management expertise

Role of Civil Society

  • Social, civic and educational non-governmental organizations
  • Labor organizations
  • Universities, non profits, NGOs
  • Religious, fraternal, civic and charitable organizations
  • Women's, ethnic and minority group organizations

Role of International Institutions and Regional Organizations

  • World Bank, United Nations, UN Food and Agriculture among others
  • Types of funds and programs
  • Access to funds and programs; management and accountability, coordination with other programs

National economic and political environment

  • National fiscal and financial considerations and macroeconomic environment- price supports, subsidies and other governmental interventions
  • Involvement of international and regional organizations
  • Markets and products, existing and potential
  • State of literacy and education

Social Safety Nets and Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency preparedness, planning and disaster relief
  • Social safety nets



  • Risk assessment and threat modeling
  • Leadership in times of crises
  • Crisis communications & decision-making
  • Emergency procurement and managing supply chains
  • Anti-corruption measures
  • Program and project development (including approaches to monitoring and evaluation)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Capacity building for all stakeholders
  • Other implementation response policies