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Project Description

EUPRHA is a project which sought to contribute to the professionalisation of the humanitarian sector by promoting a competences-based framework for the education of humanitarian professionals. Actively involved were 30 European universities, including ten universities of the NOHA Network, two important humanitarian associations (the Sphere Project and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies), a global network of non-governmental organisations, and the NOHA Alumni Community, a significant body of humanitarian professionals.

The project created an area for debate among all stakeholders, laying the foundations for the articulation of a Qualifications Framework for the Humanitarian Sector taking stock of the new global humanitarian trends, and the existing potentialities and capacities of the sector across Europe. EUPRHA benefited the Humanitarian Sector as a whole: people affected by humanitarian crises, the society at large, the humanitarian actors, the educators, the policy makers as well as students and volunteers.

During the last years, EUPRHA has worked on

  • a Qualifications Framework for the Humanitarian Sector that responds to the growing number of professions in the field of Humanitarian Action based on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

  • A European Map of humanitarian actors and educators (EUMAP).

  • The identification of new skills and competences required in the Humanitarian field.

The concept of EUPRHA had its origins in the NOHA Network. The EUPRHA Network brought together existing NOHA universities and new partners from member states to work on core issues that would progress the sharing of humanitarian education.

The project ran between 2011 and 2014. EUHAP  is a continuation of the EUPRHA initiative.

The IFHV Project Team

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

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Project Partners

University of Graz, Austria; Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Sofia University, Bulgaria; University of Cyprus, Cyprus; Palacký University, Czech Republic; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Tartu, Estonia; University of Turku, Estonia; Aix Marseille University, France; University of Macedonia, Greece; Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; University of Iceland, Iceland; University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Pavia, Italy; Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia; Vilnius University, Lithuania; University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; University of Malta, Malta; University of Groningen, Netherlands; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; University of Warsaw, Poland; Fernando Pessoa University, Protugal; Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania; Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; University of Deusto, Spain; Uppsala University, Sweden; Geneva Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, Switzerland; Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom; NOHA Alumni, Brussels, Belgium; International Council of Voluntary Agencies, Geneva, Switzerland; The Sphere Projekt, Geneva, Switzerland


2011 – 2014

Funding Organization

Erasmus Plus and Life Long Learning Programme