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

Module 1. (Mandatory) Introduction to the course

This will be a one hour live session through zoom. Participants will get to know each other, and participate in an introduction to the learning management system.

Module 2. (Mandatory) Understanding Human Rights-Based Approach 


This module introduces non-lawyers working in the field of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to the international system for the protection of human rights. This document briefly summarizes core elements of a rights-based approach including gender equality. Summary reflects the four elements of a rights-based approach, that includes substantive rights, procedural, governance and non-discriminatory & equality.

Module 3. (Mandatory) Political Ecology of Climate Change, Disaster and Displacement: Insights for Human Rights-Based Approach                                                                          

This module will critically examine the distinctions between disasters and natural hazards and how disasters are actually not “natural” but socially-produced. This modules draws on the conceptual lens of political ecology, and its implications for understanding and responding to climate change and displacement. The module will use the human rights-based approach as a cross-cutting issue in this context. It will first introduce terminology on hazard, vulnerability, disaster, risk, and uncertainty to help explain how a natural hazard, such as an earthquake, drought, or flood, becomes a societal disaster. We will discuss how the politics of hazard and risk have consequences for social justice, paying attention to the role of state, civil society, community members and international organizations. This chapter will address the power relations that relate them, and how ‘development policy’ decisions produce and distribute risk of disaster. The module will then focus on the implications for climate change and various types of disaster-related displacement, including in terms of its politics and implications for social justice.

Module 4. (Optional) Human Rights Climate Change and Disaster Induced Displacement: Interrelatedness, Climate change has adversely affected human lives. Though surely far-reaching, the effects of climate change is uneven across populations — some are more vulnerable than others due to certain positionalities. These include timing, geography, gender, economic and political status, religion, and indigeneity, among others.

This module outlines, in broad strokes, the manner by which the consequences of climate change affect peoples’ enjoyment and/or exercise of their recognized rights under international law. First, it will discuss the relationship between the physical environment and human rights. Second, it will briefly introduce the participants to the International Human Rights regime and how the same addresses the adverse human rights situations brought about by climate change. Finally, it will highlight the gaps in international law as it pertains to climate-induced displacement and relocation.

Module 5. (Optional) Global Policy, Laws and Key International Standards on Climate Change, Disaster and Displacement                                                                                        

This module will discuss the global initiatives in tackling climate and disaster induced displacement. Along with displacement related key international laws and standards such as Sendai Framework and Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GPID). The participants will also be informed about the relationship between disaster, displacement and SDGs.

Module 6. (Mandatory) The role of national law and policy in addressing displacement in the context of disasters and climate change in Asia and the Pacific.                        

Displacement is a human rights issue. It has direct implications to the enjoyment of human rights, and disproportionately affects people living in exposed and vulnerable social conditions. The global community has set the effort by providing key international standards, but only provide significant impact if it is integrated into domestic legal and policy frameworks. In this live session, participants will discuss why it is important to integrate human rights approach into domestic legal and policy networks, and how the situations in Asia Pacific looks like. Drawing from extensive research on Disaster Displacement, this session will invite two experts to discuss the topics: Mathew Scott* (RWI) and Albert Salamanca* (SEI).

Module 7. (Optional) Prevention and Preparedness of Displacement in DRR and CCA  


Why prevention is important and how we are assessing a disaster and climate change risks with gender and human rights approach? This particular module will discuss different measures for preventive and preparedness actions for displacement in DRR and CCAM context with gender and human rights lens. As introductory course, this module will focus on understanding disaster risk, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and its impact to human rights and displacement,

Module 8. (Optional) Rights and Protection and During and Throughout Displacement  


This module will focus on protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) during evacuation and throughout the displacement cycle. It will discuss how human rights and gender perspective should be mainstreamed in the process of evacuation and in the management of camps. This module will highlight how women and other vulnerable people in situations of potential vulnerabilty (children, minority, older person, LGBTI) can be protected during evacuation and when they are in temporary shelters. This module will also discuss best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from countries across Asia in providing protection during evacuation and throughout displacement that conforms with human rights principles and key international standards.

Module 9. (Optional) Urban Displacement and Rights of Climate-induced Internally Displaced Persons.  


In the context of climate change and disaster, rural urban migration is either perceived as failure to adaptation or as a major problem of sustainable urban development. This module attempts to introduce the participants into the literature of rapid urbanisation treads in developing countries, extent of climate induced rural urban internal migration in those countries, experience of climate change, urbanisation and migration policies in addressing the needs of rapidly urbanized locations and their inhabitants in attaining sustainable development.


Module 10. (Optional) Displacement and Covid-19 as New Challenges   


This module discusses COVID-19 and urban settlement, COVID-19 and internal displacement, COVID-19 and emergency camp management. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on enjoyment of the right to a healthy environment in displacement situations will also be addressed

Module 11. (Mandatory) Action after displacement resulting from disaster and climate change: Durable Solutions, Long Term Solutions, and human-centered Policy                  

This module will start by discussing what a durable solution is and why it is important. The module then invites students to consider long-term aspects and sustainable solutions for people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change, incorporating a human rights based approach including recognizing the agency of the people and local community involved. It aims to go beyond notions of vulnerability, seeing people as an agents of change, as well as enhancing policy designs that put humans at the centre, which will help communities in the long-run. This module is design as a live session inviting experts from the regions to discuss durable solutions post displacement. Students will discuss the challenges and opportunities in implementing durable solutions.