Basics of the Humanitarian System

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Complementary to the course "Basics of Humanitarian Action", this course focuses on the international humanitarian system and its actors. You will get a comprehensive overview of the most important actors, coordination mechanisms and financial structures in the humanitarian system. Together, we will look at the key developments of recent years and the challenges that shape the future of the humanitarian system. By dealing with concrete case studies and scenarios, you will be prepared in the best possible way for a commitment in the exciting field of humanitarian action.

Together with the course “Basics of Humanitarian Action”, this course forms a self-contained unit as a starter package into humanitarian action. Participation in both courses is therefore highly recommended. The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action“. The course is planned as an online training on 1, 3, and 8 February and includes regular breaks. Further details on registration will follow shortly via the aha-Newsletter.

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You will learn

who the major actors in humanitarian action are

what mechanisms exist for coordination and funding within the humanitarian system

what trends and perspectives exist within the humanitarian system

how you can critically reflect and apply what you have learned

Target group

Participants of the course "Basics of Humanitarian Action", newcomers and career path changers, students, interested persons; no previous knowledge required


9:00 - 12:00

The Humanitarian System I: Actors

Presentation of the main actors in the humanitarian system

Group work on different actors on the basis of a film

Plenary discussion

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 16:00

The Humanitarian System I: Coordination

Introduction to central coordination mechanisms

Raising awareness of the topic through group work on real scenarios

16:00 - 16:30

Conclusion of Session

Recap of day 1 and perspectives for day 2

Peter Zihlmann


Peter Zihlmann has extensive operational experience in the field of humanitarian aid and in connection with long-term development cooperation in the management sector. Between 1997 and 2014 he headed the Disaster Relief Division of Caritas Switzerland, where he was responsible for setting up and implementing projects in 15 countries.

He has also been active for many years as a consultant for organizations and as a lecturer at various universities on the subject of humanitarian action. Since 2013 Peter Zihlmann has been conducting training and evaluations as head of the non-profit association ebaix. Among other things, Peter Zihlmann has already led two entry-level trainings at the academy for humanitarian action (aha) in spring 2020 with great success.

01.2.2022 - 08.2.2022

22 hours of training

Online Event

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