Basics of Humanitarian Action

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This course will introduce you to the basics of humanitarian aid. In the three-day online course, you will learn what you need to start a career in humanitarian work. From terminology to legal basics and quality ensurance, we will cover a lot of reallife examples and look at case studies to understand the major challenges and work areas of humanitarian action.

Please note: This course will be held in German and requires at least a working level of German language skills. For more information check the German section of this page (choose language settings at the right hand corner). Together with the course "Basics of the Humanitarian System", this trainings forms a starter package to humanitarian action. Both courses are par of the aha's certification program and are eligible for a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the Field of "Foudations of Humanitarian Action".

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You will learn

what the most important terminology in humanitarian relief is

what the basics of international humanitarian law and quality standards are

what challenges to expect in this line of work

how to reflect critically upon the humanitarian relief sector

Target group

Students, young professionals; no prior knowledge required

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.

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19.1.2021 - 26.1.2021

Online Event

Maximum of 20 attendees

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.