Basics of Humanitarian Action


January 2021


INFORMATION: This course is fully booked. Please register for a different course.

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).

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You will learn

the most important terminology in humanitarian relief

what the basics of international humanitarian law and quality standards are

what challenges to expect in this line of work

to reflect critically upon the humanitarian relief sector

Target group

no prior knowledge required, students, young professionals

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 aid. Since 2013 Peter Zihlmann has been conducting training and evaluations as head of the non-profit association "ebaix".


19.1.2021 - 26.1.2021

Online Event

Maximum of 20 attendees

20 of 5 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 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.