My name is Carine Chehab and I joined the humanitarian diplomacy course as Strategic partnership and humanitarian diplomacy Officer at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
I joined the course when it started, in February 2012, mainly because I was really looking for ways — and I still am looking for ways — to build humanitarian diplomacy strategies for the National Societies that are really rooted in experiences and best practices among practitioners, both, within the Red Cross Red Crescent family, but also, outside as well.
So far I’ve found the course content and the discussions with the other participants to be very dynamic, very engaging. Every week we are given a text that we’re meant to analyze and really create a discussion around some focal points and it’s been very engaging and I’ve found that the experiences of others have really shared some interesting insight.
Also in terms of the faculty and the lecturers, they have a wealth of information and experience that I feel very privileged to have learned from through the course.
And I do feel that, all in all, so far, and as I am coming to the end of the course, I’ve really learned some practical applications of humanitarian diplomacy, including humanitarian persuasion and negotiation, that’s really rooted again, in humanitarian principles and mixing a sort of theory and practice in a way that is very approachable. So I do definitely recommend this course for anyone out there who wants to learn more about what humanitarian diplomacy is in reality and where the roots of humanitarian diplomacy really come from in order to practice it, to support vulnerable communities.
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