Sid Israel

The Israeli Center for International Aid and Development Studies


Disasters around the globe are becoming more acute and more frequent. In the last 10 years, over 2.6 billion people have been affected by natural disasters in comparison with 1.6 billion people in the previous decade. 2011 was a peak year in the cost of disasters to world economy reaching the sum of 300 billion dollars compared to 226 billion in 2010.

In response to the growing number of floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and continuous global conflicts, there is a need to ensure that people with motivation, ability, and relevant professional capabilities will be able to provide the optimal response and have the suitable skills to establish long term programs to aid the affected populations.

Humanitarian intervention in emergence situations provides an immediate response to basic needs such as food, water and sanitation, emergency medical care and shelter. Beyond acute humanitarian aid, many organizations deal with aid and development programs that provide a long term response which builds professional capabilities and capacities of local populations and establishes sustainable solutions within a long term perspective. Long term solutions and the strengthening affected population will strengthen the stability of these populations and serve to develop their independence and ability to solve problems on the national level.

The number of humanitarian aid workers in 2008 stood at 595,000 people.  The humanitarian workers community has grown in the last decade at an annual rate of 6%. There is significant involvement and responsibility taken by the rehabilitation and development of the development world.

Those dealing with international aid and development provide a response for acute needs of developing populations around the world, while providing and implementing long term, sustainable solutions through a variety of development programs in areas such as: medicine, water and sanitation, education, hygiene, health, agriculture and business development, rebuilding infrastructure, development of the economy, employment opportunities, human rights and more.

Over the last years, we have been witnessed the growth of professional human capital in Israel able and willing to be integrated in the field of humanitarian aid and development. At the same time, the number of people submitting their candidacy as professional aid workers in international organizations is still low. By obtaining theoretical and practical knowledge, Israeli professionals will be able to become integrated in the field of aid and development and provide communities with the support and skills that will raise the abilities of such counties to face future threats to their lives and livelihoods.

Our presence and involvement in humanitarian projects in the developing worlds can greatly contribute the people living under extreme poverty or emergency who need basic assistance for rehabilitation, and at the same time contribute to the growth of Israeli society as a society that accepts the other, is tolerant, and ready to assist the other professionally and skillfully. Employment in international organizations constitutes potential for the professional and economic growth of Israeli experts, and that is a door that can and should be open to them.

SID Israel provides a framework for the training and development of a career in aid and development within international organizations. Over the course of the workshops, participants will learn about the history and structure of the world of aid and development, will debate the central dilemmas in the areas of long term humanitarian aid and development, receive the tools for submitting their candidacy to a variety of jobs in international organizations, and acquire skills for staff management and decision making. The workshops will be taught by a lecturers and field workers with experience working in the developing world in both Israeli and international organizations.

Our unique qualities:

  • A short term and concentrated program that will provide information and complementary tools in the field for professionals. The training is meant to provide specific and relevant skills for the field of humanitarian development in order to achieve goals that will answer the needs of field work.
  • The program provides general knowledge together with practical knowledge – participants will learn the history and background for humanitarian work, debate ethical issues and receive conceptual knowledge of the structure of the field and the organizations working in the developing world. At the same time the participants will receive implementable tools and will practice their implementation.
  • Simulation assignment for assimilation of the knowledge – the students will participate in assignments where they will make use of the study materials.

Upcoming courses:

  • open day for English speakers on Humanitarian Aid Employment Opportunities – The open day will introduce the different types of job and types of employer available, the challenges and opportunities, and the work environment. You’ll acquire practical tools for assessing whether this kind of work is suitable for you, and if so, what skills and experience will help you find employment. The open day will be held on October 20th.

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