General Principles for Adapting Do No Harm Training for Different Audiences

November 2013 | Nicole Goddard

Suggested Citation: Goddard, Nicole. General Principles for Adapting Do No Harm Training for Different Audiences. Cambridge, MA: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, 2013.

This guidance note describes 7 general principles for adapting Do No Harm to new and different audiences.

CDA gathered these guidelines from discussions we had in our Do No Harm Trainers’ Manual consultation, October 2013, and would like to thank its participants, expert Do No Harm trainers, for contributing from their experiences.

Do No Harm training has traditionally been offered to professionals working in humanitarian and development programs. As DNH has gained traction in the aid community, it has been applied more broadly to all types of assistance intervention, and thus different audiences have received training.

More and more, people are offering DNH training to audiences not engaged in aid work, but who should pay attention to their impacts on the contexts in which they work. Often, individual trainers adapt the tool and the training methodology. However, by comparing their experiences, we have seen that there are general principles that can offer guidance for adapting DNH to new and different audiences.

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