WASH in Emergencies - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian and Transitional Action

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In the 5-day course "WASH in Emergencies - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Humanitarian and Transitional Action" you will receive a comprehensive overview of the field of action WASH in humanitarian and transitional action, technical and non-technical intervention options as well as specifics and challenges in the WASH sector. The course will cover the basics of humanitarian assistance in the WASH sector, including related humanitarian principles and WASH standards. Approaches and technologies for water, sanitation and hygiene in humanitarian crisis situations will be presented, and WASH-specific project planning approaches and cooperation structures in humanitarian assistance will be discussed. Experienced speakers from the German WASH network and external experts will give technical input and bring current practical examples into the course.

This course will be taught in German and is part of aha's certification scheme and can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in "Foundations of Humanitarian Action".

© Thorsten Reckerzügl

You will learn

What the WASH basics, humanitarian principles and WASH minimum standard are

What the main technical and non-technical intervention options in the field of WASH are from a practice-oriented perspective

What the global coordination structures look like

Which project examples are available from various humanitarian interventions worldwide

Target group

The course is primarily aimed at professionals and NGO staff who work or want to work in the field of WASH in humanitarian action. In addition, the course is open to students, job seekers, volunteers, freelance consultants and individuals from the private sector, depending on space availability.

Robert Gensch


Robert Gensch is Senior Project Coordinator at the German Toilet Organization (GTO). He is the coordinator and co-author of several global WASH basic publications such as "Compendium of Sanitation Technologies in Emergencies", "Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies", "Compendium of Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies" or "Linking Relief & Development in the WASH Sector" and gives lectures and seminars at universities and training institutions on the topic of WASH. In addition, Gensch has been responsible for the coordination, conception and implementation of several "WASH in Emergencies" training courses in Germany and regional workshops in the regions of Asia, Anglophone Africa and MENA as well as for the implementation of global WASH Training of Trainers courses.

Thorsten Reckerzügl


Thorsten Reckerzügl is Senior Project Coordinator of the WASH Capacity Development and the German Toilet Organization (GTO). He has more than 20 years of professional experience in international development cooperation and humanitarian action. He has worked for 12 years as a program officer, technical officer and executive director for various non-governmental organizations in Germany and Switzerland and has 10 years of experience as a technical expert and project and program manager for water, sanitation, hygiene, environmental and climate protection and reconstruction projects in South and Southeast Asia. Reckerzügl also publishes in this field (11 technical publications).

Andrea Bindel


Andrea Bindel is a Global Emergency WASH Advisor at arche noVa. She has 25 years of experience in emergency response, WASH, DRR, food security, education and capacity development (Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Germany) in relief, rehabilitation and development contexts. She is co-author of the "Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies" and "Compendium of Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies." Bindel has both experience with numerous presentations on emergency response, WASH and DRR (Acre University, DVGW, Water Fair Berlin Young Professionals, schools in Brandenburg and Saxony) and has lectured during several "WASH in Emergencies" training courses in Germany and regional workshops in Anglophone Africa. In addition, she has conducted numerous trainings on the topics above within her own organization in Germany and abroad.

Lorenz Ewers


Lorenz Ewers works as Global Emergency and Logistic Officer at arche noVa. His work focuses on emergency response, WASH, logistics, capacity development, DRR and coordination in different contexts (Bosnia, Germany, Nepal, Ecuador, Indonesia, and others). He is co-author of the global WASH sector foundational publications "Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies" and "Compendium of Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies". In addition, he has experience in the coordination, design, implementation and content monitoring of "WASH in Emergencies" regional workshops and "WASH in Emergencies" workshops in Germany and has conducted numerous trainings and lectures on various topics (water supply, logistics, etc.) within and outside his own organization.

Dr. Oliver Hoffmann


Dr. Oliver Hoffmann is a consultant for public health at Johanniter Auslandshilfe. He is a certified CHS trainer, active Sphere trainer and ToT trainer. Hoffmann held several university lectures and courses in London (LSHTM), Heidelberg (HIGH), Berlin (AKKON), Cologne (IRG, TH) and Bochum (IFHV, NOHA). He collaborated on publications and creation of training materials for Sphere, CHS and WASH and authored 16 original articles in peer-reviewed publications. To date, he has been a lecturer for over 10 trainings for Sphere/CHS worldwide, over 10 WASH in Emergencies trainings worldwide, and Sphere and WASH ToT's (two each) worldwide.



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

12.9.2022 - 16.9.2022

Catering included


ProviderThis training is organized by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.

This training is organized by the German WASH Network.

This training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.