NOHA is an international association of universities that aims to enhance professionalism in humanitarian action through education & trainingresearch & publications and projects. As a network of academic institutions, NOHA brings a university ethos to the existing humanitarian principles that govern humanitarian action. NOHA seeks to increase professionalism and quality of humanitarian action. NOHA also develops area of academy, providing possibilities for young researchers and advanced scientists to analyze deeper the area of humanitarian action.

NOHA Network on Humanitarian Action was born from the idea that higher educational institutions have an essential role to play in enhancing professionalism in the delivery of humanitarian aid through education.

NOHA in short

  • Founded in 1993
  • Network of 12 European and 5 global partner universities
  • Joint Master Degree in International Humanitarian Action
  • 4 annual thematic schools and an undergraduate module
  • Journal of International Humanitarian Action
  • 150+ professors and lecturers
  • 3,500+ graduates and an active NOHA Alumni Community

NOHA Spring School is back to Vilnius in 2017!

NOHA Spring School on Humanitarian Action became a part of the network’s short-term courses programme and is annually organised by Vilnius University in partnership with another European university since 2012. This year, the Spring School will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania during 8-12 May 2017, and it is being co-organised by ELTE University. The teaching will be conducted by faculty from the network’s universities and field actors, in order to provide professionals with a global approach and specific tools.

Objective.The Spring School aims at training professionals dealing with projects in Humanitarian Action (HA) in order to give them a critical overview of HA in a multidisciplinary perspective and the relevant information for evaluation of projects. New challenges in HA will also be examined.

Target audience. Civil servants, staff from local, international and civil society organizations, and more generally those who are involved in HA and feel the need to upgrade their basic knowledge and skills.

Content. Humanitarian action (history and basic principles; types of crises and present-day context), challenges in Humanitarian Action, the role of the United Nations Security Council in the Humanitarian Action, security of humanitarian operations, civil-military cooperation, SPHERE minimum quality standards, logistics and humanitarian management, employment of humanitarians, framework of intercultural relations in Humanitarian Action, NGO in action: practical assignment.


Lina Urbaitė – NOHA coordinator
Public Law Department

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