Concepts and Mechanisms of Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

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Anticipatory action is increasingly recognized as a key solution to reducing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events; early actions help people and organizations to build resilience to future shocks by better understanding risk and transforming this risk information into action before a disaster strikes. Ideally, this can mitigate the humanitarian consequences of disasters and improve the response time and efficiency of humanitarian action measures. In this course, you will get an overview of how these mechanisms work and discuss possibilities and limitations of anticipatory humanitarian action in your respective work context. You will learn about existing examples from the Red Cross Red Crescent movement and NGOs and become familiar with the basics of setting thresholds ("trigger levels") for triggering anticipatory humanitarian action, developing early actions and exploring funding opportunities.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards one of the Certificates of Advanced Studies either in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action" or in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action". It takes place from 6 to 8 November in Bochum and includes regular breaks.

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You will learn

what the most important areas of intervention for anticipatory action are as well as the limits of the approach

which case studies, exercises and examples are available for the practical application of anticipatory action

what the most important requirements for anticipatory action implementation milestones are

how you can foster practical learning and explorations for the design and implementation of AA in your respective work context

Target group

Staff of humanitarian NGOs with several years of professional experience, practitioners in the areas of DRR/anticipatory actions, staff of NGOs that are planning to start implementing AA projects


9:00 - 12:30

Block 1

Opening and Welcome
Introduction of Facilitators
Introduction and expectations of the participants
Objectives and structure of the training 

What is anticipatory action? Introduction of the concept
What are the steps in developing and implementing AA?
Key Parameters of AA

Ingredients to an anticipatory action plan
Interactive development of an AA timeline and process

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 17:00

Block 2

Where does AA fit in the DRM continuum?
Group work to identify what is AA, response and DRR

Hazard and Impact assessment
Group work to identify hazards and prioritize impacts

German Red Cross


The German Red Cross (GRC) is one of the largest national Red Cross Societies and currently active in around 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Since 2013, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been actively working to bring anticipatory approaches to the forefront of humanitarian action through pilot projects. In close cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Climate Centre, the GRC was able to test the implementation of the Forecast-based Financing approach (FbF) in several project countries and refine the methodology on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office. Further cooperation exists with various humanitarian partners such as the World Food Programme, The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Welthungerhilfe and the international donor community.



The workshop will be led by facilitators from Welthungerhilfe that combine various backgrounds of expertise and experience in AHA.

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre


The Climate Centre supports the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its partners in reducing the impacts of climate change and extreme-weather events on vulnerable people.

06.11.2023 - 08.11.2023

24 hours of training


ProviderThis training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.
This Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.