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

Partner Dialogue

Fully booked

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Many organisations are not sure how they can raise difficult issues with their partners without endangering the partnership. In an online learning series, you will discuss how difficult issues such as corruption prevention, safeguarding or conflict resolution can be addressed and discussed in a partnership. You will learn how to maintain a trusting partnership.

This course will be held on 16 and 23 June as well as on 7 July, 2021. and includes regular breaks. It is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Locally-led Humanitarian Action".

Opportunity for change? How the pandemic has changed our everyday working life


July 2021


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Over the past year, the Covid 19 pandemic has both multiplied global humanitarian needs across all sectors and posed many challenges to the ways humanitarian organizations work. Among many other aspects, the exceptional global situation has brought and continues to bring implications for the day-to-day work of humanitarian staff. What used to imply lengthy processes now happened almost overnight: work processes were made more flexible, digital formats were used for (project) work, and new ways of working were developed. Some of these changes were easier for employees to handle, but at other points many also reached their limits.

This workshop will focus on these experiences. You will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences in the context of everyday work in a structured exchange. How did you experience and overcome the particular challenges? What changes would you like to maintain and how can a sustainable change in work culture be driven and implemented? The workshop will take place online on 02 July from 9 am to 1 pm (CEST) and includes regular breaks.

The International Donor Landscape in Humanitarian Action


September 2021


CAS: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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The international donor landscape has changed considerably in recent years and new actors have gained importance. Therefore, this training will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the international donor landscape in humanitarian action as well as the related trends and developments. You will get to know donors from different areas, for example from the cosmos of the United Nations or the institutions of the European Union. "Non-traditional" donors such as companies or foundations are also considered. You will also learn about the structural challenges that the humanitarian (funding) system as a whole faces.

The three-days online training will take place on 17, 21 and 24 September 2021, and is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action". You will receive further information and registration details in due time via our newsletter.

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.