AUTHOR: Women’s Refugee Commission


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, Women’s Refugee Commission, training course, fuel and energy

FORMAT: Online training course


WEB LINK: (Women’s Refugee Commission) (course)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “This training will help individuals use the tools—Matrix and Decision Tree Diagram—developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force on Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy (SAFE) to determine safe and appropriate means of meeting cooking fuel needs under difficult circumstances.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Women’s Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. Since our founding in 1989, we have been a leading expert on the needs of refugee women and children, and the policies that can protect and empower them.

INTENDED USER: “Intended audiences for this online guide are all those who have received or are interested in using the SAFE tools but were not able to attend the IASC Task Force SAFE workshops in person, including:

  • United Nations headquarters and field-based staff
  • Humanitarian agency staff
  • Donors
  • Governments and other institutions”


AUTHOR: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

LAST UPDATED: September 2013

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, environmental management, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), training course, land and land use



WEB LINK: (USAID) (video)

ABOUT THE TOOL: In this 90-minute video/ webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand critical connections among natural resource management/biodiversity, land tenure and property rights, and conflict to better conceptualize, design and manage integrated programs.
  2. Use these concepts in simulated assessments of complex conflict situations
  3. Learn about adaptive management, conflict-sensitive monitoring and evaluation, and other tools that allow managers to review and adapt to changing conflict and NRM situations.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States while improving lives in the developing world.“

INTENDED USER: The webinar is designed to support USAID staff in conceptualizing and managing activities or encountering issues related to competition and conflict surrounding land and natural resources.


AUTHOR: United Nations Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action (UNIFTPA)

LAST UPDATED: January 2013

TYPE OF TOOL: Training course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, training course, United Nations Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action (UNIFTPA)

FORMAT: Online training course


WEB LINK: (UNIFTPA) (course info)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The online course, which builds on existing trainings, courses and other methodologies used to integrate a preventive lens into the activities of the UN system, offers learners the opportunity to acquire deeper understanding, practical knowledge and hands-on skills to utilize conflict-sensitive approaches in humanitarian, development, educational, peacebuilding, and security work, among others.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The Inter-Agency Framework for Coordination on Preventive Action (or Framework Team) — a forum of 22 agencies and departments connected informally at UN Headquarters and in the field—works closely with its member departments and agencies to assist UN Resident Coordinators (in most countries the most senior UN official on the ground) and UN Country Teams in developing integrated conflict prevention strategies, and identifying the political and technical resources required for their implementation. The Framework Team also supports a UN system-wide ‘community of practice’ to improve and expand knowledge and skills in conflict prevention.”

INTENDED USER: UN system and partners


AUTHOR: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

LAST UPDATED: Courses offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, environmental management, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), training course, restoration

FORMAT: Web-based training course (4 weeks, 8 hours per week)


WEB LINK: (UNITAR) (training course info)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the role natural resources play in conflict environments, illustrating both positive and negative situations where natural resources have an impact on a conflict and – conversely – how the environment is impacted by conflict. The course also explores the different methods for using natural resources as entry points for building peace and strengthening governance, before giving an overview of how natural resources can be integrated into community recovery programs. Finally, it looks at the technologies, practices and habits that can be implemented to ensure that peacekeeping missions have a minimal impact on the local environment.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how natural resources can contribute to or prolong conflict as well as undermine peace;
  • Identify the principles for effective post-conflict natural resources management;
  • Relate natural resources management to other post-conflict stabilization  and state building interventions;
  • Explain how peacekeeping missions can benefit from green technologies and practices for water, energy and waste.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research ( is a training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education and training of public policy officials.

UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in conflict situations.  The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of supporting capacity for the 2030 Agenda, strengthening multilateralism, advancing environmental sustainability and green development, improving resilience and humanitarian assistance, promoting sustainable peace, and promoting economic development and social inclusion.

It also conducts research on innovative learning approaches, methods, and tools, as well as applied research to address critical issues, such as disaster risk reduction and humanitarian emergencies.

INTENDED USERS: “Primary audience: The course is designed for national and regional military and police personnel of every rank and function serving or interested in serving in peace operations.

Secondary audience: The course also addresses a broad audience of civilians, from international and regional organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities and research centres working or interested in working with peace operations.”


AUTHOR: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


TYPE OF TOOL: Handbook, Training Course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, humanitarian action, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), handbook, training course, risk reduction, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 49 pages; CD-ROM

LANGUAGES: English, French


ABOUT THE TOOL: “The objective of the Training Kit is to facilitate local authorities in increasing public awareness of the hazards present in their community, fostering communication between various stakeholders in the community (including the government officials, industry representatives, and the public), and developing co-operative emergency plans for their local area.

This Training Kit is a compilation of information gathered from existing materials and resources. Although extensive information on emergency preparedness for natural and industrial hazards exists, these materials tend to focus on a specific hazard type, such as industrial installations that handle hazardous chemicals, flooding, earthquakes, etc. Few existing resources addressed comprehensive emergency planning from a multi-hazard viewpoint. Recognizing this need, the Training Kit was developed so that local authorities responsible for emergency preparedness could easily access information on comprehensive emergency planning that addresses multiple hazards. The Training Kit is not meant to be a complete list of all the hazards and issues that a community may face; instead, it is meant to provide a summary of the most important principles and steps in improving emergency preparedness, as well as some of the most common hazards found worldwide. Similarly, the modules do not provide detailed guidance on technical issues such as industrial risk analysis, hydrological or meteorological assessments, or building plans for reducing structural vulnerability. Instead, it provides a brief summary of the main issues present for each hazard source or aspect of emergency planning, with additional resources for further guidance where appropriate and available.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.”

INTENDED USER: “The primary users of this Training Kit are expected to be local authorities responsible for emergency preparedness or response in countries or areas with identified natural or industrial hazards. This may include government agencies responsible for industrial safety, emergency response, environmental protection, or public health and safety. However, effective emergency planning is generally a multi-stakeholder exercise that should involve community members, local industries and businesses, expert organisations, and any other stakeholders with the potential to be affected by or provide assistance during an emergency. For this reason, any group that is interested in implementing emergency preparedness activities may find the Training Kit useful in identifying the steps they should take to do so.”



LAST UPDATEDTrainings offered periodically

TYPE OF TOOL: Training courses

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, training course, Redr UK, water, impact assessment, restoration, risk reduction, shelter

FORMAT: On-site training courses


WEB LINK: (Redr UK) (course info)

ABOUT THE TOOL: The Redr training course website provides information on a wide variety of Redr training courses related to disaster relief and management. Courses take place all over the world and cover a number of different topics, including safety and security, humanitarian essentials, response preparations, management, facilitation, logistics, water/sanitation/hygiene, needs assessments, shelter, gender, and health.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “Redr Uk is an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organizations and other humanitarian actors across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. They act to ensure disaster-prone communities are resilient by giving them practical life-saving skills, advice and support, which help them prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.”

INTENDED USER: Disaster relief and humanitarian professionals generally; intended users vary by course




TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course, Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, Oxfam, training course, risk reduction

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF document, 84 pages


WEB LINK: (Oxfam) (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this manual is to provide a ‘gender lens’ through which Oxfam program staff, partner organizations and other agencies working in areas associated with [Disaster Risk Reduction]  can plan, implement, and evaluate their work. The focus here is on the operational aspects of projects and programs, and to a lesser extent on influencing broader institutional policies and practices through policy and advocacy work. The pack aims to develop participants’ skills and competencies in addressing gender issues throughout the project cycle, from assessment, analysis, and planning through to implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

This manual uses a combination of traditional learning methods, such as presentations and discussions, along with more participatory and experiential learning approaches, e.g. case study- based group work, role play, and reflections on personal experience. Practical tools and frameworks are provided throughout. There are numerous references to other sources of relevant information.

The training pack is designed for a four-day workshop. We have organized the modules in a particular order, but the pack should be a flexible resource, and we would like trainers to feel that they can decide how to use it according to the needs of the participants.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “Oxfam is a worldwide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, we work to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. With 70 years of experience in more than 90 countries, Oxfam takes on the big issues that keep people poor: inequality, discrimination, and unequal access to resources including food, water, and land. We help people save lives in disasters, build stronger futures for themselves, and hold the powerful accountable.

INTENDED USER: “This training pack has been written for Oxfam program staff, partner organizations and other agencies working in areas associated with DRR.”


AUTHOR: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course, Handbook

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), training course, handbook, impact assessment

FORMAT: Downloadable PDF documents (training guide: 116 pages, toolbox: 182 pages)

LANGUAGES: Training guide: English, Toolbox: English, Spanish, French

WEB LINK: (IFRC) (tool)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The purpose of this training guide is to provide VCA facilitators with the necessary tools to train those who will be implementing the actual VCA. It is designed to enable volunteers with little or no experience of community-based participatory information- gathering to complete a successful VCA, under supervision.

The guide includes instructions and suggestions to help volunteers understand:

  • The overall purpose of VCA;
  • Relevant terminology and concepts;
  • Means of working more effectively with communities;
  • Various information-gathering tools and techniques (i.e. group facilitation, accurate data recording, etc.)
  • Different methods for systematizing and analyzing data”

“The toolbox looks at different participatory investigative tools that can be used by National Society staff and volunteers to accomplish a successful VCA. It provides a detailed explanation on how to undertake the research part of a VCA. It will help you to choose the right tools to suit your purpose and describes when and how to use them and what to do with the information collected.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.”

INTENDED USER: IFRC staff and volunteers


AUTHOR: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Groupe URD


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: humanitarian action, environmental management, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Groupe URD, training course, restoration, water, fuel and energy

FORMAT: PowerPoint presentations, trainer’s guide, training materials, and key supporting documents; also available in DVD

LANGUAGES: English, French

WEB LINKS: (UNEP) Groupe URD) (toolkit) (toolkit)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “In response to the environmental impacts in the aftermath of disasters and conflicts, UNEP and Groupe URD have developed a training toolkit to assist humanitarian actors to integrate environmental considerations into their policy development, planning, program design and operational activities. The training toolkit consists of 11 modules, with each substantive module containing a summary, PowerPoint presentation, trainer’s guide, training materials and key supporting documents. The modules are designed to be adjusted to the local context and used as specific training needs and timeframes require.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “Created in 1993, Groupe URD is an independent institute that specializes in the analysis of practices and the development of policy for the humanitarian and post-crisis sectors. UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.”

INTENDED USER:  Humanitarian actors


AUTHOR: ENTRi and International Alert   


TYPE OF TOOL: Training Course

KEYWORDS: conflict sensitivity, ENTRi, International Alert, training course, risk reduction

FORMAT: On-site training course


WEB LINKS: (ENTRi) (International Alert) (info on course)

ABOUT THE TOOL: “The aim of the course is to enable participants to use their skills, competencies and experience to conduct a conflict analysis and to devise conflict-sensitive approaches to civilian crisis management.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the relevance of concepts such as peace, conflict and violence to civilian crisis management;
  2. Conduct a conflict analysis;
  3. Describe the key principles underpinning the conflict-sensitive approach;
  4. Explain the relationship between conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity;
  5. Devise conflict sensitive approaches to issues faced in civilian crisis management;
  6. Identify the benefits and limitations of the conflict-sensitive approach.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: “Europe’s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) is a unique capacity-building program that was initiated in early 2011. The main focus lies on the preparation and training of civilians that are either going to, or already working in, crisis management missions worldwide. “International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organization that has worked for over 20 years to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict. Their multifaceted approach focuses both in and across various regions; aiming to shape policies and practices that affect peacebuilding; and helping build skills and capacity through training.”

INTENDED USER:  The course is designed for “people who are in the pre-deployment, or are assigned to a mission, civilians, on positions of advisors, analysts, policy implementers, program staff; mid-level and senior management staff. Participants should have relevant desk or field experience, or are in the process of obtaining such experience, with working on or in conflict contexts.