CAS: Locally-led Humanitarian Action

Locally-Led Humanitarian Action

This program offers important insights into one of the most pressing issues in humanitarian action – the need for a stronger localization and better integration and participation of populations affected by crises. Localization has become a buzzword in the humanitarian sector. A key commitment of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and resulting Grand Bargain, localization aims at making humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary. Responding to demands to make humanitarian responses more efficient and inclusive, localization requires a wide range of changes of the ways in which humanitarian organizations are working as well as the structure and functions of the humanitarian sector.  Over the last years humanitarian organizations have sought to live up to their commitments and reformed their way of working – so far with limited progress.

The reason for this are significant challenges and there is still a great need among humanitarian organizations for practical methods that involve the affected population in the planning and implementation of their various humanitarian interventions. For many NGOs, it is a great challenge to find new local partners from a distance with whom they can implement humanitarian projects. Many organizations are unsure how to address difficult issues with their partners without endangering the partnership. There is also uncertainty about the role German humanitarian organizations will play in the future and how they can shape the partnership with their local partner organizations.

This program will introduce you to the concept of localization and offers a range of courses that provide you with practical tools and inspiring ideas that you can use in order to make a difference and contribute to a more inclusive, locally-led humanitarian system.

Learning Objectives

  • Create awareness for the importance of localization in the humanitarian sector
  • Enhance knowledge of commitments and major obstacles for implementing localization in the humanitarian sector
  • Learn about best practices and proven tools and approaches to localization and participation
  • Exchange with other professionals about best-practice localization and partner work

Teaching and Learning Methodology

  • Online and on site trainings
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Group presentations

Audience

The program is designed for staff of humanitarian organizations with several years of experience in humanitarian action or in development cooperation. We also admit a limited number of junior professionals who are currently employed by a humanitarian organization.

Language

Courses are taught in English and German. Fluency in both languages is strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that the five courses required to obtain the CAS will be available in one language only.

Accreditation

A “Certificate of Advanced Studies” is a further education degree at master's level. It has a scope of 10 credit points according to ECTS (10 ECTS). Five „Intensive Training Programs“ (ITPs) can be combined to a „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (5 ECTS). The courses can be chosen individually based on the courses offered on the aha webpage in each core track.  Upon completion of the five ITPs you need to hand in an essay paper which is worth an additional 5 ECTS.

Location

The courses will be held online or in different locations in Germany. The locations are indicated for each course in the course section.

Application and Fees

You need to apply for each individual course of your certificate via the registration button in the course section. Please note that some courses are free of charge and others charge a participation fee. Spots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If a course is fully booked, kindly register for another one. Course participants must cover the costs for own transportation, meals besides the course catering, and accommodation. A list of cost-effective accommodation options can be provided by the course organizers.

Schedule

Courses are offered on a rolling basis. Over time, more courses will be added meaning that you can start your certificate whenever you want. Either register for all your courses today, or do it one by one and sign up for the certificate later. It's flexible, just like we are.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us via the help button in the right hand corner of this page.

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Citizen and Community-Led Crisis Response

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Integrating local response and spontaneous self-help in crisis situations after a natural disaster or a conflict is not an easy task. This training developed and conducted by the Local2Global Protection Initiative (L2GP) will help you understand and support survivor and community-led crisis responses (sclr) in a manner that fits local realities and adds to resources already present with affected citizens and communities. This hands-on training introduces you to the core elements in this way of working. The focus is on practical experience with the tools you need to support genuinely community-led responses that serve both immediate needs but also attempts to reduce future vulnerability and increase resilience of crisis-affected communities.

Please note: The booking of this course is being administered by the Ruhr-University Bochum Academy (RUB Academy). You will be forwarded to the external booking page when clicking on the registration button.

Partner Assessment

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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 your organisation? How can potential partner organisations find common understandings of partnership? How can a partner assessment that is based on reciprocity (where not only capacities of the local partner are assessed) be carried out? 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 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 01 pm. Between the different course sessions, you will engange in self-learning phases and group work.

Design Thinking Course

German

June 2021

1 ECTS

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This course gives you an introduction into design thinking as a method. You will learn innovative methods to generate ideas and will also test it in practice. We will focus on humanitarian project work and design thinking exercises with people on the move, displaced persons or refugees. The course draws on entrepreneurial approaches but makes them applicable to humanitarian project work.

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). The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Locally-led Humanitarian Action".

Partner Dialogue

English

June 2021

1 ECTS

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Many organisations are not sure how they can raise difficult issues with their partners without endangering the partnership. In an online learning series, you will discuss how difficult issues such as corruption prevention, safeguarding or conflict resolution can be addressed and discussed in a partnership. You will learn how to maintain a trusting partnership.

This course will be held on 16 and 23 June as well as on 7 July, 2021. and includes regular breaks. It is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Locally-led Humanitarian Action".

Diaspora Humanitarianism

March 2022

0 ECTS

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The humanitarian system has often been criticized for being shaped predominantly by actors from the global North, for its failure to acknowledge local and national capacities, for creating dependencies instead of sustainable outcomes, and for its increasing inability to reach those in need of humanitarian assistance. At the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, states, NGOs and private companies made a number of commitments to address these problems. In parallel, the humanitarian system began to change from the bottom up. New actors such as diaspora communities and local organizations gained importance and new forms of cooperation emerged that could fundamentally change the humanitarian system. In the context of this exchange workshop, you will learn about the latest findings on the role, benefits and advantages of diaspora and migrant organizations in humanitarian settings and discuss best practices among NGOs together with people of the diaspora or migrant organization representatives.

The course will be held in March 2022. More information will follow soon.

People-First Impact Method (P-FIM)

April 2022

1 ECTS

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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. It can be used for assessments, monitorings and evaluation. As a participant, you will qualify to facilitate P-FIM exercises.

The course will be held in Spring 2022. More information will follow soon.