Prepare for Humanitarian Action

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

Partner Assessment


March 2021


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For many NGOs it is a huge challenge to find new partner organisations in project countries with whom they can implement humanitarian projects. In this seminar we will discuss the following questions: What is partnership and what are important aspects in a partnership for my organisation? How can potential partner organisations find common understandings of partnership? How can a partner assessment be carried out that is based on reciprocity (where not only capacities of the local partner are assessed)? What are different methods to conduct assessments? What are specific requirements from donors (esp. GFFO) with regard to partner selection (e.g. financial, structural)? How can you find out if possible partner organisations fit to your organisation and your organisation’s way of working (‘soft skills’ of cooperation besides financial or structural checks)? How can assessments be harmonised and results be shared among different organisations to enhance transparency and to avoid duplication of work?

This course will take place on 04 and 11 March from 09 am to 12:30 pm and on 23 and 30 March from 09 am to 1 pm. Between the different course sessions, participants will engange in self-learning phases and group work.

Introduction to Malnutrition in Humanitarian Action


March 2021

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In this overview course, you will learn the basics of malnutrition, anthropometry and realimentation after food abstinence or reduced food intake in humanitarian aid. Based on case studies, concepts are introduced and you can actively deal with different situations. Almost half a billion people worldwide are malnourished and about half of all infant deaths worldwide are related to severe malnutrition. The term malnutrition encompasses both caloric undernutrition and overnutrition as well as malnutrition of trace elements and vitamins. In this course we first look at the biological basics of energy metabolism and starvation metabolism in order to build on this to understand the clinical manifestations and long-term consequences of malnutrition and to be able to derive the right conclusions for nutrition therapy and sustainable food security.

The course language is English and the training from 10:00 to 17:15 includes regular breaks.

„From Voices to Choices“ – How to Work More People-Centered in Crisis Response


March 2021


"Anything without us is not for us" - people affected by crises know best about their situation and what it takes to improve it. They only really accept the solutions that they themselves have helped to create. For cooperation in emergency and disaster situations, there are working methods that make it possible to respect these principles. The course offers access to such working methods that go beyond many current practices. More and more actors in the international humanitarian aid system are working with these approaches. The trend in this direction and the need for it are obvious - especially in view of the current Covid crisis.

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.