About The Field
Some 240,000 people are employed in humanitarian work around the world today. The agencies they work for spend close to $15 billion/year and they are present, on the ground in all of the political, economic and environmental crisis events we are familiar with. This field of study seeks to equip students with an understanding of both how these crisis environments evolve, how communities caught up in them survive and what role the international aid system plays in that survival. Students will take away from the field an understanding of the natural of humanitarian crises and a critique of the humanitarian aid system.
Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.
Outside the Classroom
- UNHCR - Conakry, Guinea
- The Asia Foundation - Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Save the Children - Gao, Mali
- International Rescue Committee - Monrovia, Liberia
- CARE International - Arua, Uganda
- Catholic Relief Services - Washington, DC
- USAID - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- USAID - Maputo, Mozambique
- Search for Common Ground - Yangon, Myanmar
- Center for Civilians in Conflict - Washington, DC
- Mercy Corps - Bamako, Mali
Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty
"Fletcher offers you the opportunity to acquire a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of major international dynamics in international relations, at the intersection of development, human rights, conflict resolution, security studies, humanitarianism, and gender studies."
— Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security Program Director, MAHA Program at The Fletcher School and The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Research Director at the Feinstein International Center at The Friedman School
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