Blended Learning Course: Climate Change, Disaster and Displacement with gender and human rights based approach.

Disaster represents the sharp end of the accelerating global climate crisis. Due to climate change, we expect an increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather and a slower-onset process. As a result, we can see people are forced to move from their homes due to various climate-induced disasters which severely impacted their lives and rights. What should be done in response to these complex situations? Has your country used human rights consideration in dealing with disaster, displacement in the context of climate change? 

The BLC aims to build knowledge to answer those questions. The course will explore the interrelatedness between human rights, climate change, disaster and displacement, and examines the key international standards related to disaster displacement in the context of climate change.  The BLC will also discuss preventive and preparedness actions for displacement in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM). The implication of the DRR and CCAM programs towards displacement and human rights will also be discussed in this BLC.

Who will benefit from this course ?

This course is intended for young academics/researchers, and national and local government officials working in disaster management/disaster risks reduction and or climate change adaptation and mitigation in Asia-Pacific. 

Learning objective : 

  1. Participants will be able to evaluate key policies in their countries in relation to the human rights framework.
  2. Participants will understand the connections between climate change, disasters, displacement, relevant policies, laws, and other institutional arrangements to tackle these     challenges with a human rights-based approach, including gender equality.
  3. Participants will understand governance and legal perspectives on displacement and their relationships with disaster risk reduction and climate change mitigation and adaptation (DRR and CCAM), including international legal documents and frameworks.
  4. Participants will be able to identify and analyze different strategies for prevention, preparedness for displacement, protection during and throughout displacement, and a durable solution, in DRR and CCAM context with human rights and gender perspectives.

Structure and Methodology

The online course is structured into ten content-related modules to analyze the training subject in-depth, including cross-cutting issues. Modules are composed of live sessions and self-paced sessions.

  •  Live session are pre-scheduled and will be delivered via zoom
  •  Self-paced session are completed at participants' own pace and must be undertaken before the beginning of each following class. These usually consist of pre-recorded  videos, infographics and selected reference materials.

The course strikes a balance between theory and practice. It is delivered through a participatory and creative teaching methodology to facilitate the learning process. Sessions include lectures, presentations, case studies, audio-visual support, and other activities, which respond to the various learning styles of a diverse audience.

Throughout the training, participants and expert facilitators can share best practices and experiences on the main topics and issues of the course. This course also provides space for participants, both researcher/academics and government officials, to be network, and to discuss problems, challenges and identify possible solutions together.

Speakers delivering the sessions consist of RWI experts and experts from university partners


12 hours course, including live session.

Four mandatory modules (including introduction) and seven optional modules. Participants have to complete all mandatory and at least one of the optional modules.

Level of difficulty

Introductory Course




Finish all modules and learning activities

It is a 6 weeks course. It will start on November 15, 2021, and the last session will be delivered on 30 November 2021. 

A certificate of completion will be given to learners who have successfully finished all modules.


Introduction to the course

Module 1. (Mandatory) Understanding Human Rights-Based Approach    

Module 2. (Optional) Political Ecology of Climate Change, Disaster and Displacement: Insights for Human Rights-Based Approach         

Module 3. (Mandatory) Human Rights Climate Change and Disaster Induced Displacement: Interrelatedness, Challenges and Impacts on Vulnerable Group in the Asia Pacific  

Module 4. (Optional) Global Policy, Laws and Key International Standards on Climate Change, Disaster and Displacement   

Module 5. (Mandatory) The role of national law and policy in addressing displacement in the context of disasters and climate change in Asia and the Pacific.       


Module 6. (Optional) Prevention and Preparedness of Displacement in DRR and CCA      


Module 7. (Optional) Rights and Protection and During and Throughout Displacement 

Module 8. (Optional) Urban Displacement and Rights of Climate-induced Internally Displaced Persons. 


Module 9. (Optional) Displacement and Covid-19 as New Challenges   

Module 10. (Mandatory) Action after displacement resulting from disaster and climate change: Durable Solutions, Long Term Solutions, and human-centered Policy

Course Directors : 

1.    Claudia Ituarte Lima

2.    Matthew Scott 

How to join the course ?


This course is free of charge. To participate in this course, please register through this link :


This course is organized by The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI).