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

People-First Impact Method (P-FIM)


February 2024


Certificate of Advanced Studies: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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People-First Impact Method (P-FIM) is a community engagement tool where communities lead in identifying important issues and activities in their lives. The starting point is people and communities, not projects or agencies. It builds transparency, shared learning and trust between all stakeholders, especially the community, local government and agencies. P-FIM strengthens communication with affected people as a basis for accurate information gathering, understanding context and facilitating active engagement. As a participant of this training, you will qualify to facilitate P-FIM exercises yourself.

The course is planned as a face-to-face training in Bonn from 26 February to 1 March 2024 and includes regular breaks. The course is eligible for one of the Certificates of Advanced Studies in the areas of "Foundations of Humanitarian Actions " or "Locally-Led Humanitarian Action".

Remote Management in Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

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Remote management has been common in humanitarian action in countries with fragile contexts and in projects involving multiple countries and continents for quite some time. With the pandemic in 2020, remote management in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian action entered a new phase and nearly every organization integrated remote management, remote monitoring and/or remote evaluation with the respective tools into its day-to-day work. Today we can draw back on a wide range of methods and approaches for remote activities and choose the most appropriate ones for each specific context. The training will prepare you to determine whether a remote approach is useful or even necessary in your field of work. You will have the chance to reflect your current management style and to get familiarized with tools that you can adapt to your management. The training will include the presentation of case studies as well as group work and peer-coaching.

The training will take place as an in-person training on 4 and 5 March 2024.

Current Approaches and GIS Methods to Support Anticipatory Humanitarian Action


March 2024


Certificate of Advanced Studies: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

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Geodata, GIS and remote sensing are of increasing importance in the humanitarian context and are currently being used more and more intensively in the field of anticipatory humanitarian action. In this advanced course you will have the opportunity to get to know these tools in an applied way. The training starts with an introduction to the concept of anticipatory humanitarian action and the link to geospatial data and related analyses. Using application examples, you will be introduced to the use of raster data and analyses, accessibility analyses as well as local/community mapping approaches and their potential for the various areas of an Anticipatory Action Framework. The course is intended for all those who already have some experience with the use of GIS and geodata as well as participants of the training "The Use of Geoinformation in (Anticipatory) Humanitarian Action" in January 2024.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action". The event is planned as an online event from 11 to 22 March and includes regular breaks. At the bottom of this course page you can find a sheet with further information on minimum system requirements and the installation of QGIS, the software that we will predominantly use in this course.

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 2023 and 2024. 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.