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

Basic Security Training for Humanitarian Missions Abroad

Fully booked

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In this course, you will be prepared for potentially dangerous situations in foreign deployments. Using interactive case studies, you will learn to develop a feeling for dangerous situations and to use preventive measures. You will learn how to react to aggression and violence in a de-escalating way and how to protect yourself in the long term. The basic idea of ​​the training is de-escalation. Furthermore, processing options after stressful events and how to deal with stress in foreign assignments are discussed and reflected, both in terms of personal perception and with regard to the team members concerned.

The event is planned as an 2G+ event in Frankfurt, but due to the dynamic developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, we reserve the right to conduct the course online. You will be informed about this in due time before the course starts.

Exchange on Introducing and Implementing Anticipatory Humanitarian Action - Status Quo, Challenges and Best Practices

Fully booked

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The introduction and implementation of anticipatory humanitarian action is associated with major challenges, especially for smaller and medium-sized NGOs. Their working conditions might differ considerably from those actors who are currently already achieving positive results with the approach as "champions", for example within the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement or the UN cosmos. This two-day exchange workshop is therefore aimed precisely at this target group and focuses on the specific prerequisites of small and medium-sized NGOs. It will provide you with a platform to exchange with staff from other humanitarian NGOs about the status quo, best practices and challenges in establishing and implementing anticipatory humanitarian action in your respective organizations. The workshop will include a brief introduction to components, concepts, and processes that cover anticipatory humanitarian action. You will then be invited to present and discuss your own experiences and work on various questions in small groups. The goal is to develop concrete strategic steps to address the identified challenges.

The workshop is planned as a face-to-face event on October 11 and 12, 2022 in Bochum, Germany. The sessions will include regular breaks.

Internal SEAH Investigations

Fully booked

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Many humanitarian organizations have introduced complaints mechanisms or whistleblowing systems to enable communities, staff and other stakeholders to safely raise issues of sexual violence, exploitation, abuse of power, or any other form of misconduct. Still, it remains a challenge to prepare and conduct in-depth and confidential investigations. This training will give an overview on how to plan, conduct and report on internal investigations on staff misconduct regarding sexual exploitation, abuse and harrassment.

The training will be conducted in a blended-learning format and consists of two online sessions (half-days on 13 October and 3 November) as well as one face-to-face session (three days from 18 to 20 October in Berlin) including interview simulations. Between the last two sessions, participants will be engaged in self-organised group work on report writing. After the training, individual follow-up sessions with the trainers will be offered to participants.

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.