CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

The importance of anticipatory humanitarian action has been firmly anchored in humanitarian practice at least since the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. Among the most relevant concepts are “Forecast-based Financing” (FbF), “Forecast-based Action” (FbA) and “Early Warning, Early Action” (EWEA). The ultimate goal of anticipatory humanitarian action is to predict disasters and their effects in order to provide the necessary support for communities at risk and to enable early action even before disaster strikes. In recent years, individual actors have generated innovations in this field and thus achieved positive results. This program is intended to make anticipatory approaches accessible to a broader audience and to further raise awareness of these approaches among humanitarian actors.

Competence Profile

This program will introduce you to the concept of anticipation and offers a range of courses that provide you with practical tools and inspiring ideas that you can use in order to make a difference and contribute to a more anticipatory and less response-oriented humanitarian system.

To this end, the program teaches core skills in analyzing and interpreting relevant data. In the various courses, you will learn about tools available for anticipating disasters and their consequences. A particular focus lays on the role of geodata in anticipatory humanitarian action and how to collect, use, and analyze this data. You will learn to assess the opportunities, as well as limitations, of anticipatory humanitarian action and be able to properly respond to the challenges of planning and applying these tools in different contexts.

Learning Objectives

  • Create awareness of the importance of anticipation in the humanitarian sector
  • Learn about proven tools and approaches to anticipatory humanitarian action
  • Enable participants to critically reflect on the limits of these approaches

Teaching and Learning Methodology

  • Online and on site trainings
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Group presentations

Audience

The program is designed for staff of humanitarian organizations with several years of experience in humanitarian action or in development cooperation. We also admit a limited number of junior professionals who are currently employed by a humanitarian organization and have at least 6 month of field experience. In individual cases, experienced persons with other qualifications can be considered.

Language

The courses are held in English and German. Good language skills are strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that the five courses required to obtain the CAS will be available in one language only.

Accreditation

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 credit points according to ECTS (10 ECTS). Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (5 ECTS). The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track.  Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

Quality Control

To ensure the quality of the courses, there is the possibility to give feedback after each course by means of an anonymous and standardized evaluation procedure. The evaluations are immediately assessed and flow into the qualitative development of the course offer, the selection of trainers and the organization of the program.

Location

The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated in the course section.

Application and Fees

You need to apply for each individual course of your certificate via the registration button in the course section. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Spots are allocated according to availability. If a course is fully booked, kindly register for another one. Course participants must cover the costs for own transportation, meals besides the course catering, and accommodation. A list of cost-effective accommodation options can be provided by the course organizers.

Schedule

Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. Either register for all your courses today or do it one by one and sign up for a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” later. It's flexible, just like we are.

Information

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Security and Crisis Management

Already over

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The demands on security and crisis management for German NGOs are high. In this course we will have a look at our own security and crisis management concepts and benefit from the knowledge of our experienced trainers and the good practices of other participants. You will register for an online series including two online seminars and (if the situation allows) one face-to-face seminar on security and crisis management. In between, you will apply your knowledge by discussing each others’ security and crisis management concept with one other participant in a peer-to-peer phase.

The first two online sessions will be held on 09 and 23 February. The final event of the series will take place on 16 and 17 March and will be conducted either online or -depending on the pandemic situation- in Hannover. The course is taught in English and includes regular breaks.

Introduction to the Mechanisms of Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

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INFORMATION: This course is booked up, please register for a different training.

Mechanisms for anticipatory humanitarian action, such as Forecast-based Financing (FbF), enable early action before extreme weather events occur through the use of forecasting models and risk data as well as the rapid availability of funds. In this way, humanitarian consequences of disasters can ideally be mitigated and the response time and efficiency of humanitarian efforts can be improved.

In this three-day online course, you will gain an overview of the opportunities and limitations of anticipatory humanitarian action using Forecast-based Financing as an example. You will learn about existing examples of the use of extreme weather forecasts and become familiar with the basics of setting thresholds ("trigger levels") to enable anticipatory humanitarian action.

The training sessions will be held in English and include regular breaks.

Introduction to the Selection, Planning and Implementation of "Early Actions" in the Context of Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

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Anticipatory action means acting prior to the onset of predictable hazards and thus, prevent their impact, if possible, and reduce human suffering and losses. It has only been a few years since humanitarian agencies started to develop systems to take action based on forecasts and risk analysis. Hence, Early Actions are a core component of anticipatory humanitarian action as their implementation aims at reducing the impact of extreme events. This course provides an overview of early actions in some of those projects from the Red Cross Red Crescent movement as well as from different NGOs.

Hence, you will be introduced to the overall concept of Anticipatory Action and its current funding mechanisms, but the focus will be on the selection and planning of early actions for various hazards (e.g., short onset such as floods but also long onset such as droughts) by taking into account different lead times and identified impacts. In this course, you will learn about key principles for identifying Early Actions as well as tools for prioritizing, planning and evaluating their effectiveness. Overall, examples will be taken from both, larger humanitarian agencies such as German Red Cross and Welthungerhilfe, as well as smaller NGOs who have a stronger focus on community-based approaches. The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action".

Anticipatory Humanitarian Action in Conflict Settings

Fully booked

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Anticipatory Action means acting prior to the onset of predictable hazards and, thus, aiming at reducing their impact and overall reducing human suffering and losses. Programs and projects of anticipatory action are currently being implemented in non-conflict context and mostly focused on extreme events linked to weather- and climate-related hazards, however it is evident that places with a high likelihood to be impacted by climate change are the ones affected by armed conflict and violence, which poses major challenges in the humanitarian sector and it is likely to disproportionately affected conflict affected populations severely. In this course, you will explore the potential of setting up AA in situations of armed conflict by looking at two perspectives: a. AA for climate related hazards in context already affected by conflict and b. the anticipation of humanitarian impacts of conflict. You will find out which opportunities, challenges and risks lie in setting AA system for both objectives. The training has an exploratory character and is aimed at participants with previous knowledge in the field of FbF and anticipatory action.

After introducing the concept of Anticipatory Action, current funding mechanisms and its challenges in conflict contexts, the course focuses on existing approaches how to operate in conflict contexts, different actors and their positions. You will furthermore identify options to apply the acquired knowledge in their immediate working environment. Examples will be taken from both larger humanitarian agencies such as Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, UN agencies, the START Network as well as smaller NGOs. The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action".

Security and Crisis Management

Already over

© Aktion Deutschland Hilft / Loeffke

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.

The Use of Geoinformation in (Anticipatory) Humanitarian Action

English

January 2022

1 ECTS

CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

© Aktion Deutschland Hilft

Anticipatory action seeks to reduce the negative impacts of disasters by providing assistance to populations before predicted crises. It means acting prior to the onset of predictable hazards and, thus, aiming at reducing their impact and overall reducing human suffering and losses. It has only been a few years since humanitarian agencies started to develop systems to take action based on forecasts and risk analysis. Hence, you will be introduced to the overall concept of Anticipatory Action. However, the focus of this course will be on geoinformation.

The use of geodata in (anticipatory) humanitarian action has great potential. This course teaches the most important applications of geospatial data in humanitarian action. You will get an overview of existing data sources, including user-generated data such as OpenStreetMap. You will learn how to use this data systematically, with a particular focus on the use of geospatial data in the context of risk analysis in order to provide needs-based and anticipatory humanitarian assistance. Within this module, you will learn the basics of using the open-source software QGIS.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action". The course will take place online in January 2022 and includes regular breaks. Further details on the registration will be provided shortly via our Newsletter.

GIS in Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

April 2022

1 ECTS

CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

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The visualization of geo-coded data in maps offers significant advantages for humanitarian interventions in general and risk analysis in particular. In this course, you will receive an advanced introduction to QGIS, building on the basic knowledge acquired in the training course "The Use of Geo-Data in Humanitarian Action". The focus of this training is on humanitarian risk analysis and the creation of so-called impact maps in the field of anticipatory humanitarian aid. Supported by various practical examples, your proficiency in the use of QGIS will be consolidated.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action". The course is planned as a face-to-face event in April 2022, but due to the dynamic developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it might be changed to an online-only format. Further information will follow shortly.