Addis Ababa 2019 Thematic Workshop on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict: Challenges for Protection and Finding Solutions in Africa

Participants during one of PHAP's courses on displacement and forced migration

Course description 

The Thematic Workshop on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict follows directly on the Core Training and looks in greater detail at specific contemporary topics, building upon the content of the core course. Over two days, the workshop combines presentations by experts and discussions with the participants. 

This workshop will explore current challenges in protecting and providing solutions to those displaced during armed conflict, with a focus on emergencies in Africa. The workshop will take its starting point in an overview of the regional legal and policy frameworks applicable to refugees and IDPs, including the 1969 OAU Convention, the Kampala Convention, and the Great Lakes Pact, as well as the humanitarian architecture and coordination mechanisms dealing with displacement during armed conflict in Africa. It will then analyze how these interact with other international frameworks in providing protection and solutions for displaced persons, such as IHL, the international and African human rights systems, and transitional justice.

Throughout the workshop, we will be looking in depth at specific cases of protection and solutions, including comparing different efforts to include refugees, the implications of the EU externalizing its southern border, and the protection of displaced persons by peacekeeping forces.

The workshop is designed to foster reflection among participants on how protection and solutions for displaced persons in Africa are being addressed and to enhance their capacity in responding to challenges in this context using complementary tools and standards. 

Target audience

The course is designed for mid- and senior-level staff of UN and other intergovernmental agencies, components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, NGOs, and government agencies with direct or indirect experience of humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict. Others with relevant experience, including diplomats, military personnel, and journalists, are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please use this application form to apply for the course.

The course is open to PHAP members and to non-members. PHAP members enjoy course fee discounts, as well as other benefits. If you are not yet a member of PHAP, you can apply for membership and the selected training simultaneously through the course application form.

PHAP members who have already attended five or more days of training courses offered by PHAP, HPCR, or HPCR International, may be eligible for our Returning Participant Discount Program.

Group discounts are available for agencies and employers wishing to send several staff to PHAP trainings. Please visit our fees and terms and conditions page or contact us directly.

Course fees

  Regular fees
(for PHAP members)
Core Professional Training and Thematic Workshop (5 days) € 1500 € 1650
Core Professional Training only (3 days) € 990 € 1090
Thematic Workshop only (2 days) (previous attendance at Core Professional Training required) € 690 € 760

Fees cover all training material, access to preparatory online course on the Essentials of International Humanitarian Law, and lunches and coffee breaks for the days of the training. Fees do not cover travel or accommodation costs.

For information about group rates and available discounts, please visit our course fees and discounts page.

PHAP offers a limited number of seats at a reduced fee, in accordance with the association's Tuition Assistance Policy. Please read it carefully to check whether you are eligible and learn how to submit you request.

Before applying, please read about the terms and conditions of your application.

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Date and time: 7-8 November 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course follows directly on the Addis Ababa 2019 Core Professional Training on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict: Protection in Law and Practice on 4-6 November 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


Jean-Francois DurieuxJean-Francois Durieux Independent Expert, Former Director at UNHCR
Geoff GilbertGeoff Gilbert Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex
Jacopo GiorgiJacopo Giorgi Senior Staff Development Officer (Refugee Law) at the Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC) of UNHCR

Course director

Theo Boutruche Theo Boutruche Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP


View of the Mövenpick Dead Sea
Hilton Addis Ababa
Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa 1164, Ethiopia

Note: Special rates for accommodation available at the Hilton Addis Ababa. Please book through PHAP.

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