Humanitarian Bazaar | FOCUS: Emergency Civilian Protection in War
Humanitarian Bazaar produces projects focused on how peope survive war and disaster.
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Photo: An Afghan family returning from Pakistan takes in a UNHCR/NRC briefing on avoidance of unexploded weapons that may be in their home village. Daniel J. Gerstle with Omaid A and Abasin S.


While Humanitarian Bazaar has been focused on innovating the War Survivors Advisory, a multimedia pre-combat civilian protection project-in-development, we have also done some gender-based violence, legal aid, and refugee casework projects. Our founder and advisers have a variety civilian protection experiences and can map out which organizations are doing what where. This focus should be vital for anyone heading to a conflict area, as well as people doing social work and refugee assistance in safer environments who seek context. Choose your mode and price, and let us know at

Choose your mode and price ===>

A. Online Rapid Course Webinar

$40 = Webinar (2 hours) |  $80 = Webinar+ (2 hrs plus personal call with instructor for personal consultation or to call in to talk to your organization)  |  Free for past HB team.  |  We are currently rewarding donors to our War Survivors Advisory civilian protection project and past HB team members with attendance to our webinars! HB team members of the past can attend online for free. WSA donors who donated $40 or more are invited to choose one webinar as a reward! WSA donors who supported with $80 or more can choose one webinar and also get a direct consultation call with our trainer or a team member for personal advice, solve a question for your career, or call in to give a talk to your class room or organization. Let us know your interest and we will schedule a session with you!  Donate and then let us know which course and your best time frame so we can confirm with the trainer, or you can also plan the webinar first and then donate the day of the webinar session. Let us know at and go here to donate. ===> WSA

B. Full Intensive Training Workshop

$120/person = Weekend Rapid Course with Short Simulation (12 hours, minimum 6 people) or $240/person = Week-Long Intensive Course with Simulation (24 hours, minimum 10 people)  |  Request a full-scale in-person training workshop with practicum at your location! Ask us if there will be a training near you! Sometimes we have a number of people in key places–namely Berlin, Amsterdam, Sarajevo, Nairobi, Istanbul, Kabul, Beirut–who have put in a request and we just wait until we have enough of a group and we can write to you and plan a date, so just let us know your interest at

C. Contract 

$400/day+ transport & lodging for Expert > $150/day+ expenses for local Field Worker/Fixer (depending on location) for Project Implementation, Private Intensive Training, or Field Research. | Hire a trainer, consultant or implementing team to run a full intensive course designed for your organization, or have us build a consulting team on this topic to implement projects with you.

Review Our Curriculum ===>

Part 1  |  Protection of Civilians Comes in Many Forms

  • Post-conflict and recovery is where the UN and international agencies innovated protection programming for the most part over the past two decades. Originally, that focus was to include protection of children who got separated from families through casework, prevention of gender-based violence, and soon psycho-social support to help survivors cope with traumatic stress.
  • The UN alongside national authorities and international NGOs coordinates most international protection programming through Protection Cluster meetings in the crisis region. That’s to map out who is doing what where, to prevent gaps and overlaps.
  • Pre-Combat and Mid-Conflict protection, in terms of improving evacuation techniques, bomb sheltering, disabled care in the combat environment, and child care in combat, is still being innovated. Organizations like CIVIC which initially focused on advocacy for families of victims of civilian casualty incidents are now looking closer at pre-harm “self-protection.” Meanwhile, Humanitarian Bazaar is exploring pre-combat shielding techniques through our War Survivors Advisory.
  • Here is an essential guide to protection used in the field at the Global Protection Cluster (click here).


Part 2  |  Sub-Sectors

  • Child Protection & Unaccompanied Minors
  • Child Psychosocial and Stress Management
  • Prevention of Gender-Based Violence
  • Family Tracing and Reunification
  • Displaced Family Casework
  • Refugee Asylum Applications
  • Violence Prevention Measures
  • Pre-Combat Shielding Measures
  • UN Armed Protective Forces, If No Other Option
  • Much more.


We are enhancing and deepening this curriculum. As soon as we confirm trainers and schedule first courses, we will add the new curriculum here. Stay tuned!  

Meet Our Trainer ===>

Daniel J Gerstle  |  Founder & executive director of Humanitarian Bazaar, has served as a filmmaker, humanitarian aid worker, human rights researcher, and war journalist in Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, Caucasus, and the Balkans. More recently, he created Humanitarian Bazaar, formerly known as HELO Media, to produce projects focused on how people survive war and disaster. With Humanitarian Bazaar, he produced the Mogadishu Music Festival (Somalia 2013), Journey of Peace Kenya music festival in Dadaab refugee camp (Kenya 2013), and co-produced the first Afghan rock fest, Sound Central Festival (Afghanistan, 2011). Live from Mogadishu, his first feature length film as director, premieres in summer 2014. Find him at  |

Arrange Your Training ===>

  1. Check here if we already have a webinar or workshop scheduled which you can attend. ===> Training Schedule.
  2. Write us to reserve your space for an existing training or to ask for a training which could be scheduled with you. In the latter case, just let us know what windows of time would work best for you and we will see whether it is best to have others attend together or to have a training personalized for you and/or your organization. ===> 
  3. Right now we are accepting all payments for training as a donation to our War Survivors Advisory civilian protection project, and offering webinars as rewards for such donations, so you can either go right away to donate and let us know that you have done so, or schedule your training and then pay once you are satisfied with the training. The payment/donation button to support the War Survivors Advisory, along with a description of the project, can be found here. ===> Training Payment via War Survivors Advisory.