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The academy for humanitarian action (aha) provides advanced training courses for the humanitarian community. It combines unique insights from humanitarian practice and academic research. Join us on our mission to spread the skills we need when crises hit – start today.

Upcoming courses

Planning and Implementation of Disability-Inclusive Cash and Voucher Assistance (iCVA)


February 2023

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Cash and voucher assistance (CVA) is increasingly recognized as an appropriate and efficient tool for supporting affected populations in humanitarian crises, allowing them the freedom of choice to buy the things they most urgently need while stimulating the local economy.

At the same time, disability programming and disability mainstreaming in humanitarian action have also become key topics in humanitarian action in recent years.

The objective of the training is to increase the understanding of how to mainstream disability-inclusion in CVA and how to respond to the specific needs of persons with disabilities through CVA.

Necessary transport and hotel for the face-to-face workshop are to be covered by the participants.

Sphere Training

Fully booked

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The Sphere Handbook presents a principled approach to quality and accountability in humanitarian response. This basic training course provides an introduction to the Sphere Handbook with the basic principles of humanitarian aid - the Humanitarian Charter together with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the Protection Principles - and the technical standards in the four sectors WASH, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and health. The training focuses on the practical application of the manual in concrete humanitarian situations. To this end, numerous small group exercises are conducted.

The training is designed as face-to-face training. Depending on the current situation, the training can be switched to an online format.

Inclusive Humanitarian Action Programming in line with the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion


March 2023

An estimated 15% of the world population experiences a disability, with even higher numbers in conflict and disaster contexts. However, disability is usually still not mainstreamed as crosscutting topic throughout a project. The invisibility during all phases in the humanitarian project cycle results in a lack of protection and exacerbated risks of being excluded from general humanitarian services. 

In this training, participants will gain an understanding of the human rights-based approach to disability and inclusion in humanitarian action in-line with the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. They will also increase their capacity on programming and coordination that is inclusive of persons with disabilities throughout the humanitarian project cycle and identify possible entry points for change in their programmes and organisations.

Throughout the training, participants will learn about each other’s good practices and lessons learned on inclusive programming.

The training is part of HI’s “Leave no one behind!” project supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

!!Workshop postponed!! New dates are 14-16 March!

Who we are

The academy for humanitarian action (aha) is an institution for further education in the humanitarian sector. It is located at the intersection of humanitarian practice and research and pools the expertise from over 25 years of work in the humanitarian sector. The aha carries out high quality trainings and offers a platform for other training providers in the field of humanitarian action. Our trainings are based on internationally established initiatives to systematize and standardize education in humanitarian action. Visit the about us section to find out more!

What we aim for

Our work is inspired by the desire to create a positive impact and advance the professionalization of humanitarian action in Germany and beyond. Our aim is to support humanitarians in their continuous effort to further improve the quality of their work, address new challenges and meet important requests for reform, such as the commitments that were made in the course of the World Humanitarian Summit. A special emphasis of our work is on anticipatory humanitarian action and community-led response. Visit the about us section to find out more!

What we offer

The academy for humanitarian action offers a wide range of different training courses on topics related to humanitarian action and international collaboration. The trainings are carried out by aha members and by external providers who have proven expertise in selected areas. Our curriculum is based on the indicated needs of target communities and will be continuously updated and adapted in collaboration with experts from different practical and academic disciplines. Click here to get an overview of our current course offer. Participating in several courses of the curriculum will allow you to gain a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” (CAS).

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Your tailor-made certificate

The academy for humanitarian action offers flexible and tailor-made certificates that can be adapted to your purpose. You may opt for a simple certificate of attendance, a course certificate or a “Certificate of Advanced Studies” from one of the core tracks: Foundations of Humanitarian Action, Anticipatory Humanitarian Action or Locally-led Humanitarian Action. Each “Certificate of Advanced Studies” comprises five course certificates. To get a more detailed overview of our modular certification scheme, click here.