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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

Security and Crisis Management

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The requirements for security and crisis management in German NGOs are high. In this course, you will take a look at your own security and crisis management concepts and benefit from the knowledge of experienced trainers and the experiences of other participants. In two online and two face-to-face sessions, you will learn how to improve own security concepts and crisis management, how to safeguard the ownership of staff and how to involve partner organizations. Between the sessions, you are invited to discuss their security and crisis management concepts in peer-to-peer meetings. After the sessions, you can take part in individual coaching with the trainers.

The first block of events will take place online on October 14 and 28. The last part of the event series will take place on November 8 and 9 and is planned as a face-to-face event in Berlin. The event will take place observing current hygiene regulations and protective measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Should the situation change, we reserve the right to hold the seminar days on 8 and 9 November as an online format. The training is part of aha's certificate program and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Anticipatory Humanitarian Action.

Remote Participatory Video: Capturing Voices without Filters

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Participatory Video is a process where people jointly develop a story and make a film to visualize and discuss an issue that is important for them. By going through the process together, the participants acquire a deep context understanding, capture voices without filters and build a trustful relationship. The process is more important than the final video produced. At the same time, screening the film gives the opportunity to invite others into a meaningful dialogue about the topic.  See the trailer Remote Participatory Video – a space for the unheard voices here.

The method replies to the need to work more local and more inclusive in international cooperation – even remotely.  The method can be used among others for assessment, evaluation, research and lobby and advocacy purposes. In this course, you will apply the method and will remotely co-create a video story. A topic with complexity – e.g. behavior change or emotionally touching issues- will be explored and translated into a story. The training ends with a screening and is thus an opportunity for you to apply the method in your workplace right away. 

The online training will take place from 26 October to 4 November 2021 and includes regular breaks. The course is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in “Locally-led Humanitarian Action”. You will receive further information and registration details in due time via our newsletter. Please note: There will be a final screening session of 2 hours, however the date is yet to be determined.

Climate Change Adaptation and Managing Risk of Extreme Events


November 2021


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 and provides a short glance at the topic of „climate-smart“ projects and organizations. 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 inludes regular breaks. It is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action".

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.