International Summer School on Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

The International Summer School on Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (IS GBiV) is a product of Ireland’s consultation process to the World Humanitarian Summit.  It is an initiative led by UCD’s CHA in partnership with Ireland’s Consortium on Gender Based Violence – funding has been agreed with Ireland Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • When: June 2018 – with the first 2 weeks online, the second 2 weeks in person, and the final assignment due in July.
  • Applications are now open for the Summer School on a rolling basis- places are limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early- please click here for more information on the Summer School and how to apply
  • Where: The course will take place online and on the University College Dublin Campus, Dublin, Ireland in the first year. In the future it aims to be promoted and shared by Universities and stakeholders globally.
  • What: This will be an intensive blended course, worth 10 ECTS from UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action.
  • Why: There is growing understanding that GBV response and prevention is lifesaving and all humanitarian actors are responsible and obligated to act to prevent and mitigate GBV. However, even where there is willingness to support work on addressing GBV in emergencies (GBViE), there is frequently a lack of capacity at international and national level. This course is designed towards building the competencies of participants to support humanitarian action to address GBViE.
  • Who is it for: Humanitarian actors and masters level students who want to deepen their capacity, and to develop their skills, confidence, and know-how, to support work in the area of GBViE prevention, mitigation and response. Applicants should have a university degree qualification and fluency in English.
  • Fees: The course tuition fee is €1000.
  • Who is it by: Global experts and stakeholders, a mix of practitioners and academics.


The Project: a state-of-the-art global level programme on addressing Gender-based Violence (GBV) in emergencies, designed towards increasing capacity to support action to prevent, mitigate, and respond to gender-based violence in disparate humanitarian contexts.

Vision of Success: Gender-based Violence is prevented, risks are mitigated, and appropriate responses are in place for survivors in emergency settings.

Our Mission: To provide an international state-of-the-art programme to strengthen capacity of humanitarian actors to support work to address Gender-based Violence in Emergency Settings.

Who is involved: This project received funding from Irish Aid and is guided by a Programme Board co-chaired by the University College Dublin Centre for Humanitarian Action and the Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence,  and including representation from the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility, Raising Voices, the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies of the University of Nairobithe International Rescue Committee and the secretariat of the Network on Humanitarian Action. The programme is collaborative, further informed by an Advisory Network of academics, practitioners and policy experts from a range of disciplines, providing advice and contributing expertise, materials and research.

Values and key Characteristics: Collaboration and shared ownership, alignment with good practice and core principles. (IASC GBV Guidelines, pg 45-46)   This is a collaborative project, which seeks to add value to global efforts to increase capacity in GBViE, to incorporate and build upon the wealth of knowledge in the GBViE area, align with current good practice, and take a learning approach. The project builds towards competencies that have been identified at a global level for work in this area (Core Competencies for GBV Program Managers and Coordinators in Humanitarian Settings, GBV AoR). Recognising that GBV is deeply rooted in power and gender related inequalities, the programme has a focus on women and girls. (IASC GBV Guidelinespg 2). The importance of localisation and partnership, sustainability and impact, are noted by this project.  The programme seeks to encourage theoretical understanding and critical reflection as well as build practical operational skills.

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