Introduction to Humanitarian Needs Assessments and Analysis

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The course aims to introduce to you the processes, skills and knowledge required to design and implement Asessment and Analysis (A&A) processes and make sense of available information in humanitarian emergencies. Therefore, it relies on the broad experience of ACAPS (initially: "The Assessment Capacities Project”), using guidance from ACAPS Technical Briefs and the Humanitarian Needs Assessment – The Good Enough Guide (GEGA) as backdrops. The pedagogical approach will follow a mixture of introductory presentations and group work, using virtual break out rooms, shared folders, etc.

The course is part of the aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the field "Foundations of Humanitarian Action". The course is planned as an online format from 9 to 11 November 2021, but due to the dynamic developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it might be changed to an face-to-face event. Participants will be in due time before the training.

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You will learn

how to describe main activities related to the various steps of the analysis workflow

how to use simple techniques to collect and process primary and secondary data

how to identify the different steps of the analysis spectrum and the different focal points it includes

how to use the different steps of the analysis spectrum in humanitarian needs assessments

Target group

Students and graduates of relevant disciplines, newcomers and career changers, staff of humanitarian NGOs with previous experience in humanitarian action and/or project management in the HQ or in the field


11:00 - 15:00

Key Principles of A&A, and Assessment Preparedness

  • Basic principles & Assessment & Analysis (A&A) design
  • Exercise using Analysis Canvas
  • Humanitarian needs analysis & analysis frameworks
  • Exercise on analysis planning

Rolf M. Bakken, Consultant in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs


Rolf has 20 years of experience with disaster management and humanitarian assistance, in particular with emergency response, needs analysis, and coordination of disaster operations. He works with methodology development and training-design focusing on participatory learning methods and action-based learning. He has worked for OCHA/UNDAC in both complex emergencies and emergency responses to sudden onset disasters. Rolf worked for ACAPS as an assessment expert on the Syria Needs Analysis Project in 2013-14, and in subsequent years as a Senior Analyst on the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique 2019, the Beirut Port Explosion in 2020, and for the ACAPS Ukraine Analysis Hub. His last mission was to the Türkiye earthquake in 2023 and he is currently the Project Manager for the ACAPS Syria/Türkiye EQ project.


* To cover the fees you can upload an educational voucher of the state of NRW during the registration

09.11.2021 - 11.11.2021

10 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 16 attendees

10 of 10 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.

ProviderThis training is organized by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.