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

MEAL in Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

English

June 2024

0 ECTS

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The humanitarian sector has extensive experience responding to the impacts of hazards and large-scale humanitarian emergencies, whether caused by floods and cyclones or because droughts give rise to severe food insecurity, epidemics or conflict. There is also a large body of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) results and research on the effects of emergency response on the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the crises. Much less evidence exists on the effects of anticipatory humanitarian action. Several studies assess the benefits of these approaches in anticipation of extreme floods or cold waves, and only very few examine drought-related anticipatory actions. With anticipatory action being considered an innovative approach and a relatively recent addition to the humanitarian sector, this training responds to the urgent need to generate robust evidence on the effectiveness, also compared to conventional humanitarian response, and to learn what works and how to do better, e.g. with regards to processes and also triggers.

The training will take place on 5 and 6 June 2024 as an in-person workshop in Bochum. It includes regular breaks.

Sphere Training

German

June 2024

1 ECTS

Certificate of Advanced Studies: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

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The Sphere Handbook presents a principled approach to quality and accountability in humanitarian response. This basic training course provides you with an introduction to the Sphere Handbook with the basic principles of humanitarian aid - the Humanitarian Charter together with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the Protection Principles - and the technical standards in the four sectors: WASH, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and health. The training focuses on the practical application of the manual in concrete humanitarian situations. Therefore, you will take part in numerous small group exercises .

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action".

Greening Food Security and Logistics

English

June 2024

1 ECTS

Certificate of Advanced Studies: Foundations of Humanitarian Action

As environmental crises deepen, the humanitarian sector faces the urgent task of minimizing its environmental footprint while responding to emergencies effectively. This 3-day course will train you in the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and implement green initiatives within food security and logistics operations. Drawing on the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) approach, this course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the environmental impacts of humanitarian actions, focusing on food assistance programs. Through a blend of theoretical insights and practical exercises, you will learn to integrate sustainability into your operations, from sustainable supply chain practices to waste management and environmental impact assessment. This course is designed to foster leadership in environmental stewardship, encouraging you to spearhead green food security initiatives within your own organization and network.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of 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 or here to download a pdf version of our course curriculum for 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.