Introduction to Humanitarian Needs Assessments and Analysis


September 2024


The course aims to introduce you to the processes, skills and knowledge required to design and implement Assessment and Analysis (A&A) processes with specific focus on analysis planning, data collection and processing of primary data 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, including the work on case studies.

The focus of the course lays on assessment needs of staffs of local offices or local partners in the field.  Thus, discussion will be centred around on assessment methods and approaches using data that are available locally, primary as well as secondary data.

The course is planned as an online format in English to accommodate people working on humanitarian projects in overseas, as well as staffs of local partner organisations.

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You will learn

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

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

how to use the different steps of the analysis spectrum in humanitarian needs assessments to ensure better sense making of findings

Target group

Staff of humanitarian NGOs with previous experience in humanitarian action and/or project management. Focus on local staffs who implements projects or programs in the field, especially in the MENA, African and Asian regions.


8:00 - 13:00

Day 1 (time UTC+2)

  • 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

18.9.2024 - 19.9.2024

10 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 20 attendees

1 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.