1st Thematic Course: Protection in Urban Settings

27 September – 15 October 2021

Live sessions of the Online Course will be held from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Rome time. Please, click here to check your time zone.

The Course will be delivered in English.


This first thematic edition of the Course is dedicated to one of the most important topics in today´s situations of forced displacement: the protection of persons in need of protection who find it in urban settings. By highlighting their rights and responsibilities enshrined in international legal instruments, the Course identifies challenges faced by uprooted persons in urban contexts. In doing so, the training focuses on the role cities have in building safe, resilient and inclusive societies, for persons in need of protection and host communities. The Course explores the opportunities for relevant stakeholders primarily at the municipal and local level to support development of effective policymaking and planning for cities with displaced populations.


  • Enhance the capacity of various stakeholders to develop policies and programmes for cities with displaced populations.
  • Empower participants to advocate for and raise awareness on the protection of persons displaced in urban settings.
  • Exchange best practices and peer-to-peer support on existing programmes for building resilient and inclusive cities for displaced persons and host communities.
  • Identify beneficial areas of cooperation between sectors and institutions represented at the Course.

Application deadline, Scholarships opportunities and Official Certificate

Candidates are invited to register to the Course by 23 August 2021.

A limited number of scholarships is available for the Online Course and cannot therefore be guaranteed purely by application. Scholarships will depend upon funds available to the Institute thanks to the kind contribution of our donors. To apply for a scholarship, you must detail so in the dedicated field in the Registration Form.

Please note that the official Certificate of completion will be awarded only to those who attends the Course in full, including participation in live and self-paced sessions, and completion of assignments.

Target audience

The Course is developed to benefit different stakeholders primarily working at the municipal and local level, who play a fundamental role in ensuring the wellbeing of displaced persons and receiving communities.  Participants include municipal government officials, members of local and grass root non-governmental and civil society organizations, refugees and other relevant actors, such as representatives of the private sector.

It is important for participants to have a very good knowledge of the language of the Course, in order to be able to consult background materials, attend lessons, and participate in group works and discussions (no simultaneous translation is available).

Structure and Methodology

The Online Course is structured into live and self-paced sessions, with the objective to provide an in-depth analysis of the subject of the training, including cross-cutting issues.

  • Live sessions are pre-scheduled and usually last 120 minutes, delivered via Zoom for Education;
  • Self-paced sessions are completed at participants’ own pace and must be undertaken by a designated date. These usually consist in pre-recorded videos and/or selected reference materials.

The Course strikes a balance between theory and practice and is delivered through a participatory and creative teaching methodology, aimed at facilitating the learning process and implementing the knowledge gained throughout the training. Sessions include lectures, presentations, case studies, group work, audio-visual support, and other activities, which respond to the various learning styles of a diversified audience.

Speakers delivering the sessions consist of United Nations Officials and other experts on protection of displaced persons from around the world.

Queries on the Course registration and administrative questions should be directed to academic.unit@iihl.org.

Administrative Information

Participation quota amounts to € 750. It must be remitted before the start of the Course by bank transfer. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted on the website of the Institute.

Queries on the Course registration and administrative questions should be directed to academic.unit@iihl.org.

Technical Information

The Online Courses of the Institute are hosted on the IIHL Learning Platform