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

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)


October 2023

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In emergencies, the disruption of basic nutrition, health care, sanitation and social support services impairs the ability of caregivers to meet the nutritional needs of infants and young children what might negatively affect their health status. The support of improved feeding practices under these difficult circumstances should therefore be a priority for humanitarian preparedness and response. This includes not only optimal breastfeeding practices but also complementary feeding and artificial feeding if needed. In fragile contexts, uncontrolled distributions of breastmilk substitutes can undermine recommended breastfeeding practices during the emergency and beyond and must be carefully managed. This online training offers an introduction to recommended IYCF-E actions that protect and support optimal feeding practices. You will learn which interventions are needed in the humanitarian response to support caregivers in breastfeeding, in the preparation of nutritious and safe complementary foods, and in providing safe breastmilk substitutes. Other more specific topics will be discussed such as HIV and infant feeding, re-lactation or twins’ feeding.

The trainer will be happy to receive a short motivational statement so that she knows more about your expectations before the course begins.

Members of ADH Organizations can apply for fee reimbursement. Please check within your organizations regarding the internally announced procedure

Basic Security Training for Humanitarian Missions Abroad


October 2023

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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.

Climate Change Adaptation and Managing Risk of Extreme Events


October 2023


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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 to you various adaptation measures in selected sectors. Several international experts will give you inputs, stimulate discussions and group exercises on the thematic areas.

The course will be conducted on several days, mostly in the afternoon time (CEST). The work language is in English.

The course is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action", under prerequisite of passing the exam (please also see the general exam regulation of aha). The exam is in form of individual or group work IN ADDITION to attending the training!

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).

Aktion Deutschland HilftRUBInstitut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres VölkerrechtFH MünsterKompetenzzentrum Humanitäre HilfeAkademie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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.