UNHCR’s online course on COI

UNHCR and ACCORD have developed an e-learning course on country of origin information (COI). The course is built around a case study, and takes the learner through some of the main questions on COI research methodology, including source assessment.

The course also addresses the role of COI in asylum procedures. It takes about four hours to complete the course. The COI e-learning course is available for free at DisasterReady.org.

“This curriculum includes a 4-hour course and follow-up test which focuses on the role of Country of Origin Information (COI) in refugee status determination (RSD) and the application of quality standards for COI in RSD procedures. Learners will be guided through a case study that will illustrate and discuss the challenges faced when researching and using COI in RSD procedures. [...]


* Explain in detail the role of Country of Origin Information (COI) in Refugee Status Determination procedures

* Apply COI research skills, in particular using online search tools and COI databases

* Apply the principles for assessing COI sources.” (disasterready.org)

The course was developed jointly by UNHCR and ACCORD, the COI department of the Austrian Red Cross.

The platform disasterready.org is run by the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which was established by the talent management software company Cornerstone OnDemand.

The online course (self-study) can be accessed free of charge at the following address – registration is required:

Online course on COI by UNHCR & ACCORD

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