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Managing Humanitarian Emergencies seminar in Collbató: Training the skills required in humanitarian crises

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’.

Extreme situations are often a good test to know our abilities to make complex decisions. One of the best examples corresponds to managing emergencies in international conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and nutritional crises. For instance, leadership, communication, strategic vision or teamwork are some of the skills required to respond efficiently to critical and stressful situations.

In order to learn from managing humanitarian emergencies, EADA’s masters participants took part in March in the Managing Humanitarian Emergencies course, one of several 24-hour electives that they could choose to complement their training at the business school. The course was open to all types of backgrounds and helped participants to make some choices, as an individual or as member of a company. From professional opportunities, to gain elements to build a corporate social responsibility dossier or to learn about a different managing system in complex settings and contexts.

In a global world and economy, individuals, organisations and corporations are accountable in relation to shared values and hold responsibilities beyond mere financial balances

The seminar was designed and delivered by David Noguera, with 15 years working experience in humanitarian aid, EADA’s professor and also co-funder and director at ReAcció Humanitària –institution that organises training, team building and awareness on humanitarian emergencies–. To him, “in a global world and economy, individuals, organisations and corporations are accountable in relation to shared values and hold responsibilities beyond mere financial balances”.

Dialogue between companies and humanitarian sector

One of the activities consisted on building up a refugee camp in Collbató campus.

One of the activities consisted on building up a refugee camp in Collbató campus.

Noguera considers that nowadays it is necessary to stablish a dialogue between corporate and humanitarian sector: “Companies must commit to socially responsible actions, they have as well a responsibility about what’s going on in the world. For this reason it is essential that companies be aware of humanitarian crises but also of NGO’s actions –how major humanitarian organizations achieve positive results reducing mortality, morbidity and suffering of population in precarious situation–”.

Today companies begin to understand that looking just for profit and ignoring their social responsibility is not sustainable

In this sense, Carles Brugarolas, head of Strategy, Leadership and People Department at EADA –who is also specialised in teaching people and team leadership, personal effectiveness and troubleshooting–, assures that “today companies begin to understand that looking just for profit and ignoring their social responsibility is not sustainable”. In this sense, he adds: “It is absolutely compatible to make a huge profit and to help people in need at the same time. With a little effort companies could contribute to save so many lives and to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable collective”.

Apart from this, Noguera comments that “there are a lot of professional opportunities in the humanitarian field”. In his opinion, “there is a greater commitment by companies with corporate social responsibility”. Besides, “there are several Product managers and economists who are leading the humanitarian sector”. So, to him, it’s a good moment for focusing a professional career on this area”.

 

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


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