Disaster relief training gains professional recognition

Thursday, 16 October 2008

New collaboration between charity REDR and Oxford Brookes

People responding to disasters around the world can from January undertake training that helps them gain credits towards a postgraduate university qualification, thanks to a new collaboration between leading disaster relief training and recruitment charity RedR and Oxford Brookes University.

This credit-rating will encourage Continuing Professional Development (CPD) amongst aid workers and reflects the increasing professionalisation of the disaster relief sector.

Oxford Brookes’ Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), which is widely recognised as a leading centre for humanitarian training and has previously been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education, has credit-rated three of RedR’s courses, the first time that the charity’s courses have been recognised in this way.

Under the new partnership, participants who achieve a pass on the courses - Managing People in Emergencies, Managing Projects in Emergencies or Certificate in Security Management, will be able to transfer the credits they earn, towards gaining the post-graduate Development and Emergency Practice degree offered by Oxford Brookes or towards another similar postgraduate qualification. This paves the way for other Universities around the world to follow suit and acknowledge the quality of RedR training for their local staff.

Martin McCann, RedR’s Chief Executive comments: “This is an exciting partnership and one that will have a great impact on both national and international aid workers. It’s excellent that the high quality of RedR courses has been acknowledged and demonstrates the growing emphasis the sector places on the acquisition of recognised knowledge and skills.”

Oxford Brookes’ Vice Chancellor Janet Beer said: “As a University we are proud of the contribution the Centre makes to humanitarian issues as so many of our students who complete the masters go on to hold senior positions in development and emergency organisations around the world. This innovative partnership means people working in crisis situations will have access to high quality University level training.”