About Us

The Humanitarian Trainings website has been developed as part of the CORE project.


CORE - Common Operational Recovery Essentials is a training programme, currently funded by ECHO and DFID, which consists of Workshop training and Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes. These are 5 and 6 days intensive courses, developed to increase the facilitation of basic humanitarian training.


CORE objectives and contents


The primary objective of CORE is to enhance humanitarian capacity and resilience at national level. The CORE project aims to overcome the issue that 80-90% of people that work in disaster response have little or no prior experience in the field.


CORE offers the opportunity for humanitarian stakeholders worldwide to agree on and deliver an introductory framework for humanitarian technical training. The content of CORE has been reviewed by representatives from a wide range of humanitarian agencies to ensure that the messages delivered in these training sessions correspond with those endorsed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Camp Co-ordination and Camp Management Cluster. One of CORE’s primary objectives in the long term is to expand this endorsement to all IASC clusters, including Early Recovery, Emergency Shelter, Protection and WASH.


Who is the target of CORE


CORE primarily targets governments and national stakeholders to provide a basic technical overview of the humanitarian sector, which allows more effective communication and coordination between agencies and staff working in an active technical role.


What CORE offers


CORE aims to provide a basic, replicable and accessible training scheme. It isbased around a franchise model that is designed to be both scalable and sustainable. It therefore provides an avenue to train large numbers of non-humanitarian professionals with the basic knowledge and experience required to act in a humanitarian response.


Agencies can initiate and deliver CORE to their own staff, but also to the staff of other national governments, civil protection agencies, development agencies, civil society organisations, humanitarian agencies, the private sector, the academic community, as well as the affected populations themselves. This offers a better training environment for participants, offsets training costs, and signifies a central position of the host agency in national capacity building.


CORE can be adapted to different national training contexts and needs through a process of consultation and translation. Although the key learning objectives are agreed at cluster level, their application is adapted to each situation. Therefore, resulting in an open-source, nationally relevant training resource. It is understood to be a practical contribution to the professionalisation of humanitarian response.