Introduction to Humanitarian Needs Assessments and Analysis

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The course aims to introduce to you the processes, skills and knowledge required to design and implement Asessment and Analysis (A&A) processes and make sense of available information in humanitarian emergencies. Therefore, it relies on the broad experience of ACAPS (initially: "The Assessment Capacities Project”), using guidance from ACAPS Technical Briefs and the Humanitarian Needs Assessment – The Good Enough Guide (GEGA) as backdrops. The pedagogical approach will follow a mixture of introductory presentations and group work, using virtual break out rooms, shared folders, etc.

The course is part of the aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the field "Foundations of Humanitarian Action". The course is planned as an online format from 9 to 11 November 2021, but due to the dynamic developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it might be changed to an face-to-face event. Participants will be in due time before the training.

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You will learn

how to describe main activities related to the various steps of the analysis workflow

how to use simple techniques to collect and process primary and secondary data

how to identify the different steps of the analysis spectrum and the different focal points it includes

how to use the different steps of the analysis spectrum in humanitarian needs assessments

Target group

Students and graduates of relevant disciplines, newcomers and career changers, staff of humanitarian NGOs with previous experience in humanitarian action and/or project management in the HQ or in the field


11:00 - 15:00

Key Principles of A&A, and Assessment Preparedness

  • Basic principles & Assessment & Analysis (A&A) design
  • Exercise using Analysis Canvas
  • Humanitarian needs analysis & analysis frameworks
  • Exercise on analysis planning

Rolf M. Bakken


More than 15 years of experience with disaster management and humanitarian assistance, in particular with emergency response, needs analysis, and coordination of disaster operations. Works extensively with evaluations, methodology development, and training-design focusing on participatory learning methods and action-based learning.

Examples of clients range from UN-agencies, Global Clusters, EU Civil Protection agencies, international and national NGOs, non-profit think tanks and academia.

He has deployed to more several emergencies or humanitarian crises, both sudden onset disasters and complex emergencies for UNDAC or ACAPS. He has done missions in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, West, East and Southern Africa, and the Caribbean. Last mission was for ACAPS, doing remote assessment & analysis support to the UNDAC mission following the Beirut Port Explosion in August 2020.


* To cover the fees you can upload an educational voucher of the state of NRW during the registration

09.11.2021 - 11.11.2021

10 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 16 attendees

10 of 10 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 organized by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.