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MSF Speaking Out

Level 2 Course: How does Speaking Out Articulate with MSF’s Working Humanitarian principles?

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This is an advanced course on the Speaking Out Case Studies. It goes beyond the Level 1 course, asking you to analyse the dilemmas in depth and contribute your thoughts through a series of knowledge checks. The Level 2 course focuses on enhancing reflection and analysis skills that can be transferred to contemporary contexts. 

Following from the Level 1 course, this Level 2 course uses the Speaking Out Case Study: "MSF and the War in Former Yugoslavia 1991-2003." New materials and concepts are introduced in the more advanced Level 2 course. If you have not completed the Level 1 course, please do so regardless of your experience or responsibility.

The humanitarian principles thematic for the Level 2 course includes concepts such as: 

  • Instrumentalisation, diversion, and politicisation of humanitarian aid.
  • Obtaining, grounding, and adapting speaking out strategies based on credible and authentic data. 
  • Reflection on the (ir)relevance of humanitarian principles going forward.
  • Examination of speaking out through the lens of calling for national inquiries by state actors. 

The Learning Journey

What you need to know before starting the course.

Contents presented in 6 modules :

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Case study on Gorazde 
  3. Reflections on humanitarian principles & concepts
  4. The (ir)relevance of humanitarian principles & international humanitarian law today 
  5. Speaking out through the lens of calling for national inquiries by state actors: an examination
  6. Quiz/feedback/credentialing

6 to 10 hours

  • The topics are complex so plan to work over several sessions instead of all at once
  • The course offers multimedia and interactive approaches or you can download the module for offline work, however, this will suppress the interactivity
  • Knowledge checks and evaluations must be completed to proceed
  • A learning journal is provided with reflection questions
  • Suggested readings are provided at the end of each section if you want to explore particular topics further
  • Please complete all Level 2 course modules listed above
  • A quiz score of 70% or better is required
  • Upon completion of the quiz and the course evaluation / feedback, you will be able to download your certificate / badge

By the end of the Level 2 course, you should gain the following competencies:

Knowledge Competencies:

  1. Examine the concept of Speaking Out to the imperative to speak out based on humanitarian principles
  2. Examine Speaking out in MSF and the normative international framework for humanitarian action including international law
  3. Analyze how far humanitarian principles and ethics are compromised while formulating critical approaches to speaking out
  4. Examine the (ir)relevance of humanitarian principles and the normative international framework for today’s analysis and operations

Skills Competencies:

  1. Ability to base speaking out on critical reflection, as discursive and constructive engagement with humanitarian dilemmas
  2. Apply critical thinking & leadership skills to real-life contemporary dilemmas
  3. Ensure speaking out is grounded in experience and based on evidence (with the acknowledgement that evidence is not positive or incontrovertible), where the methodology is explicit and set in specific political and historical context
  4. Compare and apply the concepts and dilemmas learned in this module to contemporary crises and contexts
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to the working humanitarian principles of accountability and speaking out with regards to state power

How to enrol

All students - internal and external - must register on TEMBO, the MSF learning platform, in order to access courses. Click on the button below to access the platform.

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