People-First Impact Method (P-FIM)

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People-First Impact Method (P-FIM) is a community engagement tool where communities lead in identifying important issues and activities in their lives. The starting point is people and communities, not projects or agencies. It builds transparency, shared learning and trust between all stakeholders, especially the community, local government and agencies. P-FIM strengthens communication with affected people as a basis for accurate information gathering, understanding context and facilitating active engagement. As a participant of this training, you will qualify to facilitate P-FIM exercises yourself.

The course is planned as a face-to-face training in Bonn from 26 February to 1 March 2024 and includes regular breaks. The course is eligible for one of the Certificates of Advanced Studies in the areas of "Foundations of Humanitarian Actions " or "Locally-Led Humanitarian Action".

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You will learn

what the People-First Impact Method (P-FIM) and its unique features and potentials are

how the method contributes to transparency, shared learning and trust between stakeholders

what P-FIM can be used for and how it can be applied in humanitarian project work

how you yourself can conduct and facilitate P-FIM exercises

Target group

Staff of German humanitarian NGOs responsible for engagement, assessment, monitoring and evaluation


8:30 - 10:00

Welcome, Setting the Scene and Community Group Identification

10:00 - 10:20


10:20 - 13:00

Mapping Ground Locations: Communication Pyramid

Understanding levels and application of communication

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30

The Wheel of Life

What does it mean to live a fully human life?

15:30 - 15:50


15:50 - 17:00

Putting People First

Understanding context from the community perspective

Gerry McCarthy


Gerry McCarthy is the co-founder of the People First Impact-Method.

Anne Hild Rivera


Anne Hild Rivera is an experienced P-FIM trainer.


26.2.2024 - 01.3.2024

39 hours of training


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 umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany.