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

Coordination Platforms and Information Services in Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

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The two-parts online seminar series on “Coordination Platforms and Information Services in Humanitarian Action” aims at providing participants joining the humanitarian sector with a critical understanding of the different coordination platforms and information management systems in the sector. More specifically enhancing their understanding on the topic and applying their learning while engaging them in a critical reflexion on the opportunities, limitations, and significance of using these information services and coordination platforms.

The two webinars will be interactive, practical and provide a sound knowledge of where to find the information and understand how to use the information. Between the two webinars, an (optional) exercise provides the opportunity to deepen the acquired knowledge.


WASH in Emergencies - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian and Transitional Action


September 2022


CAS: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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In the 5-day course "WASH in Emergencies - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian and Transitional Action" you will receive a comprehensive overview of the field of action WASH in humanitarian and transitional action, technical and non-technical intervention options as well as specifics and challenges in the WASH sector. The course will cover the basics of humanitarian assistance in the WASH sector, including related humanitarian principles and WASH standards. Approaches and technologies for water, sanitation and hygiene in humanitarian crisis situations will be presented, and WASH-specific project planning approaches and cooperation structures in humanitarian assistance will be discussed. Experienced speakers from the German WASH network and external experts will give technical input and bring current practical examples into the course.

This course will be taught in German and is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action".

Climate Change Adaptation and Managing Risk of Extreme Events


September 2022


CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

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Climate change has led to a change and an increasing number of climate and weather extremes that may cause disasters. Anticipating the impacts of climate change and taking appropriate actions to manage the risk of extreme events has become necessary within humanitarian action.

The course covers various thematic areas to provide the foundations and a basic understanding of climate change adaptation and of managing risk of climate-related extreme events. It presents various adaptation measures in selected sectors. Several international experts will give inputs and stimulate discussions on the thematic areas, and group exercises will take place at the end of the course.

The course will be held in English and includes regular breaks. It is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action".

Course will be conducted virtually. Link will be provided.

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).

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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.