The Use of Geo-Data in Humanitarian Action

January 2022


CAS: Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

The use of geospatial data in humanitarian aid and crisis management holds great potential. This course teaches you the most important applications of geospatial data in humanitarian aid. You will get an overview of existing data sources, including user-generated data such as OpenStreetMap. You will learn how to use this data systematically, with a particular focus on the use of geospatial data in the context of risk analysis to provide needs-based and anticipatory humanitarian assistance. Within this module, you will also learn basic skills in using the open-source software QGIS.

The training is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action". The course is planned as a face-to-face event in January 2022, but due to the dynamic developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it might be changed to an online-only format. Further information will follow shortly.

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You will learn

what the most important areas of application for geo-data in humanitarian action are

from which sources you can obtain (publicly available) geo-data

which basic functions the analysis program GQIS offers

how you can use geospatial data in risk analysis

Target group

Staff of humanitarian NGOs with several years of professional experience in (anticipatory) humanitarian action, participants of previous courses on "Anticipatory Humanitarian Action" at the aha

German Red Cross


The German Red Cross (GRC) is one of the largest national Red Cross Societies and currently active in around 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Since 2013, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been actively working to bring anticipatory approaches to the forefront of humanitarian action through pilot projects. In close cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Climate Centre, the GRC was able to test the implementation of the Forecast-based Financing approach (FbF) in several project countries and refine the methodology on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office. Further cooperation exists with various humanitarian partners such as the World Food Programme, The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Welthungerhilfe and the international donor community.

Registration is not yet activated. As soon as it is activated, you can register here.

01.1.2022 - 31.1.2022


ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.