Core Competencies in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review
Development and validation of a common competency framework for professionals involved in crisis response represents a decisive step forward for professionalization.
This review illustrates the results of systematically reviewing 38 peer-reviewed studies to identify existing competency sets for disaster management and humanitarian assistance that would serve as guidance for the development of a common disaster curriculum. The review revealed that the largest number of papers were mainly focused on the health care sector and presented a lack of similarity in terms of competency definition and related characteristics. Further engagement to standardize competency-based education in disaster medicine and humanitarian assistance is still needed.