Jun 172015
 

The EADA’s campus in Collbató became a refugee camp due to the ‘Managing Humanitarian Emergencies’ seminar

David Noguera, co-founder and director at ReAcció Humanitària, designed and delivered the EADA's seminar ‘Managing Humanitarian Emergencies’.

David Noguera, co-founder and director at ReAcció Humanitària, designed and delivered the EADA’s seminar ‘Managing Humanitarian Emergencies’.

During two weeks on March, EADA’s participants from different programmes had once again the chance to choose two from 24 seminars in order to complement their training at the business school. It was due a new edition of EADA’s International Weeks in Collbató, the two weeks during which all participants can choose among electives focused on different international management issues. Furthermore, the seminars were conducted by multicultural visiting faculty from both the academic and the corporate world, many of them coming from EADA’s international partner institutions.

Response to humanitarian crisis

One of the most highly evaluated course was ‘Managing Humanitarian Emergencies’, designed and delivered by David Noguera, co-founder and director at ReAcció Humanitària –institution that organises training, team building and awareness on humanitarian emergencies– with 15 years working experience in humanitarian aid.

This seminar, held from 23rd to 27th March, introduced participants from different master programmes to the main components required to respond to humanitarian emergencies. “The main goal was to explain how major humanitarian organizations achieve positive results reducing mortality, morbidity and suffering of population in precarious situation”, affirms Noguera. Apart from this, “the other great goal to reach was learning about different ways of managing teams highly independent, focused on achieving results, extremely operative and much identified with the principles and policies of the organisation”.

The main goal of the seminar was to explain how major humanitarian organizations achieve positive results reducing mortality, morbidity and suffering of population in precarious situation

To David, “such initiatives are necessary to widen the views and perspectives about in emergencies and humanitarian crises, to know the real situation in the affected countries”. In his opinion, “everyone should get out of our comfort zone and aware of the critical situation facing the population in these areas”.

Main skills learnt

The EADA's participants built up a refugee camp in Collbató in order to simulate the complex settings and contexts in humanitarian crisis.

The EADA’s participants built up a refugee camp in Collbató in order to simulate the complex settings and contexts in humanitarian crisis.

This course helped participants to make some choices in complex settings and contexts, as an individual or as a member of a company, through a very interactive and practical training. For instance, they had to plan a comprehensive response to a refugee population by designing, planning and deploying key activities in a refugee camp.

To Carles Brugarolas, head of Strategy, Leadership and People EADA’s Department –who is also specialised in teaching people and team leadership, personal effectiveness and troubleshooting– “this is so much interesting because the participants can develop several skills that they will use in their professional career”. In particular, Carles tells about “communication skills, creativity, leadership, innovation, teamwork in a context of collaboration and even competition, depending on the teams and the set-up”. He adds: “At the end of the day they created something which is absolutely tangible”.

The participants developed several skills regarding communication, leadership or creativity that they will use in their professional career

For this reason, Carles and other faculties from EADA’s Strategy, Leadership and People Department were trained in Collbató by David Noguera and other members from ReAcció Humanitària. The objective is to introduce these different ways of managing teams trained in the ‘Managing Humanitarian Emergencies’ seminar to the EADA’s open programmes and custom programmes. “In a global world and economy, individuals, organisations and corporations are accountable in relation to shared values and hold responsibilities beyond mere financial balances. So, this learning is really useful for both individuals and companies to achieve their goals”, assures Brugarolas.

In the next video we share with you some opinions from David Noguera and Carles Brugarolas about this seminar:


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