Strengthening private sector capacity in disaster management

CBi e-Learning Academy

About the Academy

Welcome to the CBi e-Learning Academy. 

CBi is deeply committed to building the capacity of the private sector in disaster management through technical support, peer-to-peer learning, and dissemination of best practices. 

The list of online courses is curated and updated to improve private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities effectively. CBi will also continuely to develop and add its own online courses to the Academy in these areas to address gaps and explore new angles of private sector engagement in disaster management.

Disaster Risk Management

Global Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Pathway View course

Provided by Humanitarian Learning Centre, this course has been designed to provide an in-depth overview of DRRM to humanitarian professionals interested in expanding their knowledge on DRRM. It draws on the very latest global practice and theory combined with expert content from around the world to advance knowledge and learning on this expanding area of practice and research. In addition to presenting the standard frameworks, it introduces new thinking on vulnerability and risk, on resilience and on urban contexts. 

Beyond Response: Better Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies View course

Provided by UNEP/OCHA, this 3-hour curriculum provides an overview of the emergency response process, introducing learners to tools they can use for assessing environmental risks, contingency planning, and preparing for emergencies at the local level. This curriculum is designed for environmental emergency responders and national disaster managers and their institutions. 

Stop Disasters! Simulation View course

Provided by UN/International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), this 5-hour simulation helps learners understand the risks presented by natural disasters and how to apply the best methods of prevention, assessment and mitigation. Five scenarios are provided: tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, wild fire and flood. Each scenario can be experienced at different levels of difficulty (easy, medium, hard). 

Addressing Tenure Issues in the Context of Natural Disasters View course

Provided by FAO, this course explains how livelihoods and tenure rights are affected by natural disasters, and illustrates how responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests can support a disaster management process through improved prevention, mitigation, preparedness, emergency response, and recovery and reconstruction. 

Humanitarian Essentials

Principles, Standards and Frameworks 

Humanitarian Context, Systems, and Standards Course View course

Provided by Humanitarian U, this 6-hour online course explores the context, system, actors, principles and standards of humanitarian work. The course sets the scene for humanitarian action, providing a portrait of the contemporary humanitarian environment while highlighting the complexity and diversity of humanitarian contexts and response.

Sphere Handbook in Action View course

Provided by The Sphere Project, this curriculum explains how to effectively use the Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. The course contains six sections that bring the Handbook to life using realistic scenarios that help you to get acquainted with its core message and to understand how to use it holistically.

International Humanitarian Law  

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL)  View course

Provided by ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), this introductory course provides the basics of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It is principally addressed to humanitarian practitioners, policy-makers and other professionals who are keen on understanding how and when this body of law applies, and whom it protects. 

International Humanitarian Law  View course

Organized by UC Louvain, this course enables participants to learn how international law regulates armed conflicts, protects individuals in wartime, and guarantees minimum compliance. 

Introduction to IHL and its relevance for humanitarian actors  View course

Provided by PHAP (International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection), this recorded webinar provides an introduction to IHL and its relevance for humanitarian actors. It looks at examples of practical situations in which an understanding of IHL is critical for those working in the humanitarian field. 

IHL and Core Humanitarian Principles  View course

Provided by PHAP (International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection), this recorded webinar reviews the four core principles (humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence) in detail, discussing their definitional scope, the guiding role they play, and gives a brief overview of the challenges to their implementation. It also contextualizes the principles by examining their relationship to international humanitarian law (IHL), focusing in particular on their significance to those negotiating and conducting humanitarian operations in the context of an armed conflict. 

International Humanitarian Law and UN Peacekeeping Operations  View course

Provided by PHAP (International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection), this half an hour learning session covers the legal bases for the application of IHL to peacekeeping operations, explains when a peacekeeping contingent becomes a “party to the conflict”, discusses the factors to consider when determining whether IHL applies, and describes challenges raised by circumstances triggering the application of IHL.  

Humanitarian-development-peace nexus  

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster  View course

This Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and HarvardX course enables participants to learn the principles guiding humanitarian response to modern emergencies, and the challenges faced in the field today. 

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace  View course

Provided by the SDG academy, this course discusses how natural resources and the environment can serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. 

Conflict and Fragility

Conflict / Peace 

Conflict series - 1. What is a conflict?  View course

Provided by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), this course is a self-guided, self-paced, web-based course that is on-going and can be accessed at any time. The goal of this first chapter is to give the learner a basic understanding of the importance of conflict analysis, and a set of tools and methods to start conducting their own.  

Conflict series - 2. Conflict analysis  View course

Provided by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), the goal of this second chapter is to give the learner a basic understanding of the importance of conflict analysis, and a set of tools and methods to start conducting their own. 

 Qualification of Armed Conflict and Determining the Applicable Law  View course

Provided by PHAP (International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection), this webinar course is about qualifying a situation as an international armed conflict (IAC) or non-international armed conflict (NIAC), and how that qualification influences the application of rules of international humanitarian law. 

Positive Peace Academy  View course

Created by an international think-tank the Institute for Economics & Peace, this free short course allows participants to learn to define and measure peace, understand the conceptual basis and importance of positive peace, and discover positive peace implementation projects from around the world. The course is available in over 50 languages. 

Vulnerable populations  

 Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees  View course: English | French

Provided by Amnesty International, this course helps explain the human rights of refugees, describes the role of governments and discusses how everyone can take action to protect the rights of  people in need of international protection.  

Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings  View course

Organized by the Columbia University, this course strengthens one’s approach to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children in humanitarian settings using the latest evidence on childhood adversity and drawing on experiences from child protection practitioners. 

Disease Outbreaks

Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic  View course

Provided by Harvard University, this course discusses the context for the 2014 Ebola outbreak: What went right, what went wrong, and how we can all do better. 

Conflict and the Pandemic: Tackling COVID-19 in Fragile Settings  Access the webinar

On this webinar, representatives from United States Institute of Peace (USIP), World Bank Group, United Nations, Republic of Liberia and Yemen Social Fund for Development discuss international efforts to respond to the first- and second-order impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in fragile states. 

Coronavirus and Conflict: The Security Sector Response  Access the webinar 

This webinar explored creative solutions on how to respond to the confluence of coronavirus and conflict. Various experts from around the world discussed how security sectors are responding to coronavirus, how local communities are making their voices heard, and what practical interventions we can take now to stem unnecessary suffering later. 

Communication and community engagement

Communication is aid View course

Provided by CDAC Network, this course that introduces the concept of communication as aid. It takes participants through a number of interactive scenarios to teach the basic elements of how to engage and provide information for affected communities and establish communication mechanisms for dialogue.

Being Accountable to Affected People View course

Built by the CHS Alliance, the CDAC Network, Ground Truth Solutions, Sphere, and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, this course uses scenarios to help you understand what is means to act in a way that truly demonstrates your accountability to affected communities. 

Combating the Disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19 View course

This UNESCO x UNITAR collaboration builds your understanding of the disinfodemic and the role of truth in the time of COVID-19. Access to reliable and accurate information is critical at the best of times, but during a crisis it can be a matter of life and death. This course is mobile-based.