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

Introduction to Humanitarian Needs Assessments and Analysis


April 2024


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The course aims to introduce you to the processes, skills and knowledge required to design and implement Assessment and Analysis (A&A) processes, with particular focus on making sense of available information and reports in humanitarian emergencies coming from field locations. Therefore, it relies on the broad experience of ACAPS (initially: "The Assessment Capacities Project”), using guidance from ACAPS Technical Briefs and the Humanitarian Needs Assessment – The Good Enough Guide (GEGA) – as backdrops. The pedagogical approach will follow a mixture of introductory presentations and group work, including the work on case studies.

The course is targeting headquarter based staff in humanitarian organisations. Consequently, the discussion will be centred around assessment methods and approaches using secondary data, open access data analysis.

The course is planned as face-to-face training on 22 and 23 April 2024.

Exchange Workshop on Inclusive Anticipatory Humanitarian Action: Vulnerable Groups and Social Protection

Fully booked

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In humanitarian crisis contexts, groups that might already be marginalized in the respective community, such as persons with disabilities, the elderly, or women, are facing disproportionate risks. To address these risks anticipatory approaches need to be shaped in a participatory and inclusive way for them to be as effective as possible and to ‘leave no one behind’. In this workshop, you will discuss the particular challenges and dilemmas that anticipatory humanitarian action practitioners are facing with regard to the inclusion and protection of vulnerable groups. You will learn about promising pathways to address these challenges, such as community-based development of early action protocols or linking anticipatory humanitarian action to social protection schemes. Welthungerhilfe will provide practical insights on how to jointly collaborate on early action protocols with communities and stakeholders and give examples for best practices and challenges around inclusion and protection.

The online workshop will take place on 6 and 7 May 2024 and includes regular breaks.

MEAL in Anticipatory Humanitarian Action


June 2024


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The humanitarian sector has extensive experience responding to the impacts of hazards and large-scale humanitarian emergencies, whether caused by floods and cyclones or because droughts give rise to severe food insecurity, epidemics or conflict. There is also a large body of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) results and research on the effects of emergency response on the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the crises. Much less evidence exists on the effects of anticipatory humanitarian action. Several studies assess the benefits of these approaches in anticipation of extreme floods or cold waves, and only very few examine drought-related anticipatory actions. With anticipatory action being considered an innovative approach and a relatively recent addition to the humanitarian sector, this training responds to the urgent need to generate robust evidence on the effectiveness, also compared to conventional humanitarian response, and to learn what works and how to do better, e.g. with regards to processes and also triggers.

The training will take place on 5 and 6 June 2024 as an in-person workshop in Bochum. It includes regular breaks.

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 or here to download a pdf version of our course curriculum for 2024. 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.