This program offers important insights into one of the most pressing issues in humanitarian action – the need for a stronger localization and better integration and participation of populations affected by crises. Localization has become a buzzword in the humanitarian sector. A key commitment of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and resulting Grand Bargain, localization aims at making humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary. Responding to demands to make humanitarian responses more efficient and inclusive, localization requires a wide range of changes of the ways in which humanitarian organizations work as well as the structure and functions of the humanitarian sector. Over the last years humanitarian organizations have sought to live up to their commitments and reformed their way of working – so far with limited progress.
This is due to significant challenges, and there remains a great need among humanitarian organizations for practical methods that involve affected populations in the planning and implementation of humanitarian action. For many NGOs, finding new local partners with whom to implement humanitarian projects from a distance is a major challenge. Many organizations are unsure how to solve difficult problems with their partners without jeopardizing the partnership. There is also uncertainty about what role German humanitarian organizations will play in the future and how they can shape the partnership with their local partner organizations.
This program introduces you to the concept of localization and the associated reform efforts in the humanitarian sector. Successful implementation of the commitments made requires knowledge of methods and tools that you can use to initiate the necessary changes. In a series of courses, you will gain knowledge of practical tools and innovative approaches for the participation of local actors and affected populations. You will be able to critically question established ways of working and functioning in the humanitarian sector as well as to identify new and innovative ways for localizing humanitarian action. Upon completion of the program, you will have acquired relevant skills in partner work and be empowered to contribute to a more inclusive, locally-led humanitarian system.
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 months of field experience. On a case-by-case basis, experienced individuals with other qualifications may be considered. For definitive admission, a short letter of motivation is also required when registering for each course.
Currently, aha offers courses in German or English. Good language skills are strongly recommended. However, we cannot guarantee that all five courses required to obtain the CAS are available in only one language. Please check the respective course page for the language of instruction of the courses and make sure that you are capable of independent language use (B1/B2 of the European Framework of Reference) of the course language. Otherwise, we will not be able to admit you to the course. The applicable admission requirements for the individual courses can be found on the respective course website.
A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level and obtaining a CAS is two-step procedure. First, you have to complete five courses in ITP format, each with one ECTS-point from the respective subject area. The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track. Afterwards, you can register for the final examination in the form of a 10 to 15 page essay by sending an e-mail to aha-anmeldungen(at)akademie.ruhr-uni-bochum.de with proof of the five completed courses. You will receive all relevant information for the final exam as well as a selection of possible topics for the essay by e-mail. The essay paper is worth an additional 5 ECTS. After you have passed the final exam, we will immediately issue you with a certificate.
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.
The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated in the course section.
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.
Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. The schedule for your Certificate of Advanced Studies is flexible, just like we are. You can register for any of the unlocked courses that fit in your schedule. You will be the first to know when a new course is offered via our newsletter. You can also decide at any time whether you would like to complete a "Certificate of Advanced Studies" after taking individual courses. It is only important that you take part in the exams of the training. A certificate can usually be acquired within 1 to 2 years.
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