Prepare for Humanitarian Action

The academy for humanitarian action (aha) provides advanced training courses for the humanitarian community. It combines unique insights from humanitarian practice and academic research. Join us on our mission to spread the skills we need when crises hit – start today.

Upcoming courses

Putting PSEAH Policies into Practice

Fully booked

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Humanitarian organizations are already well equipped with policies, guidelines and Codes of Conduct when it comes to the prevention of sexualized exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH). Putting these policies and guidelines into practice presents a challenge for many NGOs.  In four online sessions, you will learn what steps are necessary from the finalization to lived practice of their guidelines. You will discuss how to implement those steps together with partner organizations. Prerequisite for participation is the completion of provided e-learning modules.

This course will take place online on 6, 8, 13 and 15 June 2023 from 1 to 5pm each day and includes regular breaks.

Allocation of Overhead Costs to Partner NGOs

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Providing overhead costs is an important step in enhancing a more locally-led humanitarian response. Recent studies show that local and national humanitarian organizations still do not receive an appropriate quantity of overheads from their international partners. In this seminar, we would like to give local/national NGOs a chance to formulate their expectations on the allocation of overheads as well as German NGOs to exchange about their practices of transferring overheads.

The seminar consists of two parts. The first session on 7 June is for local and national humanitarian NGOs and will take place online. The second session on 20 June is for German NGOs and will take place in Bochum. Participants should be familiar with localization in humanitarian action and the allocation of overheads to/by their organization.

Gender in Emergencies


June 2023


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The impact of crises on people's lives, experiences and material conditions varies according to gender. Humanitarian aid activities can reinforce or reduce existing inequalities. The aim of the training is to provide key approaches and practical tools that can lead to meeting the immediate needs of women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters and humanitarian conflict in a way that also addresses the underlying causes of people's vulnerability, particularly as a result and cause of gender inequality. The training is based on approaches and tools used by CARE International.

Members of ADH Organizations can apply for fee reimbursement. Please check within your organizations regarding the internally announced procedure.

Who we are

The academy for humanitarian action (aha) is an institution for further education in the humanitarian sector. It is located at the intersection of humanitarian practice and research and pools the expertise from over 25 years of work in the humanitarian sector. The aha carries out high quality trainings and offers a platform for other training providers in the field of humanitarian action. Our trainings are based on internationally established initiatives to systematize and standardize education in humanitarian action. Visit the about us section to find out more!

What we aim for

Our work is inspired by the desire to create a positive impact and advance the professionalization of humanitarian action in Germany and beyond. Our aim is to support humanitarians in their continuous effort to further improve the quality of their work, address new challenges and meet important requests for reform, such as the commitments that were made in the course of the World Humanitarian Summit. A special emphasis of our work is on anticipatory humanitarian action and community-led response. Visit the about us section to find out more!

What we offer

The academy for humanitarian action offers a wide range of different training courses on topics related to humanitarian action and international collaboration. The trainings are carried out by aha members and by external providers who have proven expertise in selected areas. Our curriculum is based on the indicated needs of target communities and will be continuously updated and adapted in collaboration with experts from different practical and academic disciplines. Click here to get an overview of our current course offer. Participating in several courses of the curriculum will allow you to gain a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” (CAS).

Aktion Deutschland HilftRUBInstitut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres VölkerrechtFH MünsterKompetenzzentrum Humanitäre HilfeAkademie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Your tailor-made certificate

The academy for humanitarian action offers flexible and tailor-made certificates that can be adapted to your purpose. You may opt for a simple certificate of attendance, a course certificate or a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” from one of the core tracks: Foundations of Humanitarian Action, Anticipatory Humanitarian Action or Locally-led Humanitarian Action. Each “Certificate of Advanced Studies” comprises five course certificates. To get a more detailed overview of our modular certification scheme, click here.