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Project Description

EUHAP is a collaborative community of humanitarian stakeholders representing academia, training providers, employees and employers. The initiative aims at strengthening the professionalisation of the delivery of humanitarian aid, through exchange of best and innovative practices as well as improvement of the quality and efficiency of the education, and exploring the linkages between competencies, occupations and qualifications. Its goal? To provide four primary outputs, each addressing a specific aspect of humanitarian action professionalization: Humanitarian Action Professions, Humanitarian Action Recognition, Humanitarian Action E-learning and the European Map of Humanitarian Action. This initiative builds upon the former project EUPRHA (European Universities on Professionalization on Humanitarian Action) (for more information follow the link to EUPHRA project).

EUHAP Aims and Objectives

The project aims to:
  1. establish clear linkages between occupations, skills / competences and qualifications in the sector,
  2. facilitate the validation and recognition of humanitarian qualifications, identify learning pathways from vocational and other education types in the humanitarian sector to higher education,
  3. improve access to humanitarian education through the development of Open Educational Resources,
  4. promote a transnational community of knowledge and practice by developing an interactive platform of humanitarian activity in Europe,
  5. and establish a European observatory of humanitarian activity with recognized data collection laboratories in each member state.

The following four primary outputs are essential for the work in the humanitarian aid sector and for strengthening the professionalisation of the delivery of humanitarian aid:

Humanitarian Action Professions works to explore and map linkages between competence sets, qualifications and occupations in the humanitarian sector.

Humanitarian Action Recognition aims to facilitate professional development of humanitarian workers by promoting the recognition of all types of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal) and by identifying clear progression routes and learning pathways.

Humanitarian Action E-learning aims to package existing open educational resources (ORE) – reports, databases, guidelines, online tools and video materials – in order to develop free learning modules on specific humanitarian issues.

The European Map of Humanitarian Action (HA Map) looks at the state of the humanitarian sector in Europe. HA Map offers a first time insight into active actors and educators across the continent, sketches out country profiles and identifies theme and developments that shape the sector. HA Map was developed as part of EUPRHA project.

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Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze
Charlotte Lülf, LL.M., M.A.

Project Partners

Institut Bioforce, France; Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Germany; RedR, United Kingdom; University of Graz, Austria; Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Sofia University, Bulgaria; Palacký University, Czech Republic; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Aix Marseille University, France; University of Iceland, Iceland; University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Pavia, Italy; Vilnius University, Lithuania; University of Malta, Malta; University of Groningen, Netherlands; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; University of Warsaw, Poland; Alexandru Loan Cuza University, Romania; Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; University of Deusto, Spain; Uppsala University, Sweden; Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom


2014 – 2017

Funding Organization

European Commission Erasmus+ Programme