Early Recovery in humanitarian action



The e-learning course


The e-learning course is divided into six modules and covers different aspects of Early Recovery in humanitarian action. The course is meant to be used as an online learning experience as well as a pre-requisite for face-to-face trainings. At the end of the course, you can take an online test and download a certificate of completion. 


  • Module 1 – Introduction to Early Recovery
  • Module 2 – The Humanitarian Programme Cycle
  • Module 3 – Cluster Coordination
  • Module 4 – Implementing Early Recovery
  • Module 5 – Early Recovery Programming
  • Module 6 – Monitoring and Evaluation
  • E-learning Test


The course aims to:

  1. Provide an overview of the key aspects of Early Recovery, its implementation and integration into humanitarian response.
  2. Explore topics of general interest such as the humanitarian assistance framework, the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, cluster coordination mechanisms, and monitoring and evaluation of early recovery.


Target Audience


The target audience of the course is the agencies, NGOs and Government counterparts engaged in humanitarian response, Humanitarian and Resident Coordinators, Humanitarian Country Teams and United Nations Country Teams, cluster partners, Early Recovery Advisors and Cluster Coordinators; national organizations; development actors, member states and donors; the private sector and Academia.


The learning experience


In order to make the individual learning path flexible, EACH MODULE PROVIDES A COMPLETE AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND IS STRUCTURED AROUND TWO MAIN LEVELS OF KNOWLEDGE. You may choose to follow the learning sequence as displayed on the webpage or design an individual learning path on the basis of your previous knowledge or personal learning needs. You may structure your learning experience around the basic information provided or deepen your knowledge through the additional learning resources suggested in each interactive lesson. Each module may require from 30 min to several learning hours so you might need to access each interactive lesson several times.


THE INTERACTIVE LESSONS PROVIDE A MULTIMEDIA LEARNING EXPERIENCE, which consists of text, audio, video, photos and additional educational resources.


THE E-LEARNING MODULES MAY BE EASILY NAVIDATED. You can find navigation instructions and useful learning resources at the beginning of each module.










Module 1 introduces the concept of Early Recovery. The module also explores how cross-cutting issues, such as gender, age and environment, inform the implementation of Early Recovery as a people-centred approach. The last part of the module illustrates how the Global Cluster for Early Recovery supports effective approaches to ensuring durable solutions for protracted displacement.


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Module 2 presents the international humanitarian framework and the main humanitarian actors. The interactive lesson presents the different elements of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and how decision-making on Early Recovery at its various stages. 


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Module 3 explores coordination in humanitarian settings and explains the core functions of cluster coordination at different levels.


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Module 4 explores the ways in which Early Recovery is integrated into humanitarian action. The interactive lesson also introduces the mechanisms and key actors through which the coordination specific to Early Recovery takes place and the Early Recovery approach is implemented.


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Module 5 provides an overview of Early Recovery programming. Through examples and case studies, this lesson illustrates how the Early Recovery approach to programming enables plans to be translated into concrete actions that support populations affected by crisis.


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Module 6 provides an overview of humanitarian response monitoring and evaluation, and of processes, mechanisms and tools to measure Early Recovery coordination performance and programmes.


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This test is composed of 28 questions and its purpose is to test your basic understanding of the main concepts and topics presented throughout the course. If you reach at least 70% of the total score, you will be able to download a certificate of completion at the end of the module. 


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You may enrich this learning experience through the discussion forum which brings together various actors around topics related to their Early Recovery work.

For more examples on country work click here.

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For additional information or any technical problems, please contact us at: erhelpdesk@undp.org


Photos credit : UNDP Country offices and partners photos : Burundi, Haiti, Jordan, Myanmar