In this course you will learn the basics of humanitarian action. This includes important basic concepts, such as different types of disasters or the differentiation of humanitarian aid from other fields of action such as development cooperation. Special attention is paid to international humanitarian law and humanitarian standards and principles. Using concrete case studies, you will be able to actively deal with various situations in which humanitarian principles play a central role or are at risk.
Together with the course "Basics of the Humanitarian System", this course forms a self-contained unit as a starter package into humanitarian action. Participation in both courses is therefore highly recommended. The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action". The course is planned as an online training on November 23, 25, and 30 and includes regular breaks. Further details on registration will follow shortly via the aha newsletter.
what the most important basic terms in humanitarian aid are and what they mean
what the most important foundations of international law are as well as central quality standards and principles of humanitarian action
what challenges and difficulties have to be overcome in this field of work
how you can critically reflect on and apply the content you have learned
Young professionals, students, interested persons, no previous knowledge required
Definition of humanitarian action
Explanation of the main types of disasters
Clarification of other terms
Definition of the target group of humanitarian aid
Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
Presentation of humanitarian principles
Interactive exchange in plenary on the basis of filmic inputs
Recap of day 1 and perspectives for day 2
Peter Zihlmann has extensive operational experience in the field of humanitarian aid and in connection with long-term development cooperation in the management sector. Between 1997 and 2014 he headed the Disaster Relief Division of Caritas Switzerland, where he was responsible for setting up and implementing projects in 15 countries.
He has also been active for many years as a consultant for organizations and as a lecturer at various universities on the subject of humanitarian action. Since 2013 Peter Zihlmann has been conducting training and evaluations as head of the non-profit association ebaix. Among other things, Peter Zihlmann has already led two entry-level trainings at the academy for humanitarian action (aha) in spring 2020 with great success.
23.11.2021 - 30.11.2021
22 hours of training