e-Learning course: Disaster Displacement

Submitted by Christina Daszkiewicz | published 16th Apr 2021 | last updated 8th Jun 2021

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation

  • Level: Introductory
  • Time commitment:  40-50 minutes per module (5 modules in total)
  • Learning product: online course
  • Sector:   disaster risk management and reduction 
  • Language: English and Spanish (French to be added soon)
  • Certificate available:  yes
Disaster Displacement eLearning course
This Somali woman is carrying the wood, fabric and cords necessary to build her tent after fleeing drought. She walked four hours, crossing the mountains bordering the dry valley. Of her 200 sheep, nothing is left. Sick from the lack of food, her husband is now in hospital, leaving her alone to care for their five children.

This Somali woman is carrying the wood, fabric and cords necessary to build her tent after fleeing drought. She walked four hours, crossing the mountains bordering the dry valley. Of her 200 sheep, nothing is left. Sick from the lack of food, her husband is now in hospital, leaving her alone to care for their five children. Credit: Norwegian Refugee Council / Adrienne Surprenant 2017

Introduction

Forced displacement is one of the most common and immediate impacts of disasters. Facilitating people’s movement to avoid their exposure to life-threatening situations via evacuations or planned relocations is one of the most effective ways of reducing mortality and injury. Having to flee one’s home, however, particularly when return is not possible for an extended period, tends to increase humanitarian needs and expose people to other significant risks linked to their displacement.

The eLearning course offers practical guidance to help governments and regional organizations integrate disaster displacement into their DRR strategies, policies and laws, in accordance with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework recognizes disaster displacement – the forced or involuntary movement of people associated with disasters – as an important concern. Target (E) of the Sendai Framework sets out to ‘Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020’.

This interactive and dynamic eLearning course distils the guidance of the Words into Action Guideline Disaster Displacement: How to Reduce Risk, Address Impacts and Strengthen ResilienceThe Words into Action tools support States to meet this target by providing DRR policy makers and practitioners with knowledge to prevent, prepare for and respond to disaster displacement.

To gain access to the Disaster Displacement e-learning course enroll here.

Institutional background

This eLearning course was developed through a partnership between the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction through the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Who would find this useful?

The course is intended for disaster risk reduction professionals: both practitioners and policy makers. Others working on sustainable development, climate change adaptation and poverty eradication would also benefit.

Training material

Introduction

This section explores:

  • The importance of addressing disaster displacement.
  • What to expect from the e-learning course.

Module 1. Prevent Disaster Displacement and Strengthen Resilience

This section explores:

  • How to prevent disaster displacement by understanding the underlying risk drivers that can lead to displacement.
  • How to effectively address displacement risk within laws, policies and governance mechanisms.
  • The integration of displacement data in risk assessment.
  • Amending or creating relevant laws and policies.
  • Cross-sector and government-wide involvement and coordination and more.

Module 2. Prepare for Disaster Displacement

This section explores:

  • The need to meaningfully inform and consult previously displaced and at-risk communities.
  • How to plan for the short and long-term needs of displaced people.
  • The effective implementation of early warning and preparedness programmes to reduce displacement risk and more.

Screenshot from the e-learning course

 

Module 3. Respond to Disaster Displacement

This section explores:

  • The need to identify and address the specific assistance and protection needs of disaster displaced people.
  • How to meet minimum humanitarian principles and standards in disaster displacement contexts, including on response coordination and more.

Module 4. Support Resilience and find durable solutions

This section explores:

  • The need for adequate budgetary allocations and authority to assist displaced people and host communities.
  • The alignment and close coordination of rehabilitation and development programming with emergency assistance.
  • The long-term need for access to services and livelihood opportunities.
  • The continual assessment of displacement risk and resilience and more.

Module 5. Actions and their impacts

This section explores the topics discussed in previous modules through an interactive exercise to consolidate the users knowledge, awareness and understanding alongside a Final Quiz. Each user will receive a completion certificate upon completion of the e-learning course.


Screenshot from Module 5

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will know:

  • How to prevent disaster displacement by understanding the underlying risk drivers that can lead to displacement;
  • How to effectively address displacement risk within laws, policies and governance mechanisms;
  • How to prepare for disaster displacement;
  • The need to identify and address the specific assistance and protection needs of disaster displaced people;
  • How to meet minimum humanitarian principles and standards in disaster displacement contexts, including on response coordination;
  • How to support resilience and find durable solutions for people who are displaced or at risk of disaster displacement and their host communities.

 

Watch this online presentation and Q&A for more information on the learning outcomes: