KUNO Summer Course 2023

Have you recently started working in the humanitarian field and are you looking for a solid kick-start? Or are you an experienced humanitarian professional looking for a thorough update? The KUNO Summer Course is there for you.

After previous successes, KUNO will organize another Summer Course. In this two-day course, humanitarian academics and experienced humanitarian professionals will discuss all relevant aspects of humanitarian work. A mixture of practical knowledge, debates and working sessions, will feed your brain, enhance your efficiency as a humanitarian worker and strengthen your network.


  • Professor of humanitarian studies Thea Hilhorst from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Benoit de Gryse from Stichting Vluchteling, Head of Operations and Advocacy
  • BuZa, more information will follow.
  • Emiel Martens (UvA/EUR) & Wouter Oomen  (UU), founders of the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication

The programme - Day 1

Morningsession: Thea Hilhorst, Global humanitarian governance trends

Learning goals – participants will be able to understand:

  • The different types of humanitarian organizations (Dunantist, Double Mandated etc.);
  • The relevant institutional structures in humanitarian aid and how they interact and/or compete;
  • The origins and logic of different guiding policies that structure humanitarian aid: CHS, SPHERE;
  • New actors (private actors, new volunteer movements) and the effects on the humanitarian field;
  • Trends (Covid, urbanisation, protracted crisis, a growing self-esteem of local and national actors) and the structural changes they might bring to the humanitarian sector.

Afternoonsession: Benoit de Gryse, Humanitarian aid in daily practice

Learning goals – participants will be able to understand:

  • What to expect when repsonding to a crisis;
  • How to set priorities: UN classification system (L1-2-3);
  • Coordination; UN OCHA cluster system;
  • Access & its challenges (f.i. negotiating with armed groups);
  • A growing politicization of aid and its consequences.

Programme - Day 2

Morningsession: Speaker to be announced 

Learning goals – participants will be able to understand:

  • Humanitarian priorities of the Netherlands;
  • Politics versus impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian aid (politicization & humanitarian diplomacy);
  • The present policies that aim to reform the international humanitarian aid industry (WHS, Grand Bargain, DRA, START Network);
  • Current dilemma’s concerning quality and effectiveness of humanitarian aid (risk management, localization, unearmarked funding, nexus, etc.).

Afternoonsession: Emiel Martens & Wouter OomenHumanitarian communication

Learning goals – participants will be able to understand:

  • The (neo)colonial history of international development and humanitarian communication;
  • How stereotypes have been and are still used in the communications of international development organizations, and what the consequences are of such stereotypes;
  • The importance of ethical and inclusive humanitarian communication, and how this could be achieved.


The Summer Course has limited spaces available.
Do you want to sign up? Send an email to: kuno@kuno-platform.nl

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