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Humanitarian Action and Coloniality – Session 1: Afghanistan

28.10.2021 17:00 - 18:00

Kick-off event of the new CHA event series on colonial continuities in humanitarian action. In the first session, Prof. Teresa Koloma Beck (Helmut Schmidt Uni Hamburg) and Karsten Noko (MSF) will discuss the example Afghanistan.

Workshop: Localisation in practice

29.11.2021 10:00 - 18:00

In this confidential workshop, the current opportunities and limitations of localised project management in humanitarian action will be elaborated and discussed. The objective is to identify a concrete scope for action and critical barriers.

Past Events

Panel Discussion on Implementation of IASC Guidelines on Disability Inclusion in Syria

29.09.2021 12:30 - 14:00

Handicap International and CHA have hosted a joint event on the implementation of IASC Guidelines in Syria. Almost two years after the launch of the IASC Guidelines we have discussed how these have been used in humanitarian practice and which challenges remain. International Sign Interpretation and Live Captioning (ENG) were provided.

Human Rights Film Festival: The Last Shelter

22.09.2021 20:30 - 22:30

As a Forum Partner of the Human Rights Film Festival, CHA is showing the film THE LAST SHELTER.

Human Rights Forum: Humanitarian Journalism

21.09.2021 15:30 - 17:30

Session with input by Ralf Südhoff, Director CHA, about Humanitarian Journalism. Objective is a better understanding of aid and storyfinding in crises regions.

Human Rights Forum: Current challenges and developments in humanitarian aid

19.09.2021 16:00 - 16:00

Darina Pellowska will discuss the challenges and current reform developments in international humanitarian aid in a first session on Sunday.

Human Rights Film Festival: There once was an island

17.09.2021 20:30 - 20:30

As a Forum Partner of the Human Rights Film Festival, CHA is showing the film THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND together with Aktion gegen den Hunger.

Workshop: German Humanitarian Aid after the Federal Election

14.09.2021 09:00 - 16:30

With the Bundestag elections, a change of policy is conceivable in the area of German foreign policy. Based on four scenarios developed in advance, a workshop will explore what impact this could have on German humanitarian aid.

The Grand Bargain 2.0 and new dynamics for humanitarian reform

07.09.2021 14:30 - 16:00

Discussion with Jan Egeland (NRC), Hibak Kalfan (NEAR), Susanne Fries-Gaier (German Federal Foreign Office) and Ralf Südhoff (CHA).

CHA @ European Youth Parliament

14.07.2021 16:00 - 17:30

CHA is invited to the National Selection Process of the European Youth Parliament in Germany. CHA Research Fellow Darina Pellowska will be heard as an expert in the "Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs" on the topic of "Reshaping humanitarian action".

Towards a nexus that works? Joining forces in protracted conflicts

17.06.2021 15:00 - 16:30

On 17 June 2021, CHA and ICRC have hosted an online event on the topic of water and sanitation in contexts of crises with linkages to the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.

Expert Discussion 70 Years of the Geneva Refugee Convention

14.06.2021 14:00 - 16:00

The Geneva Convention on Refugees turns 70. UNHCR and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) are hosting a non-public expert event with participants from the Bundestag, ministries, civil society and research. The discussion will be facilitated by Ralf Südhoff.

Grand Bargain Conference

11.05.2021 - 12.05.2021 all-day

On 11 and 12 May 2021, CHA is dedicating its annual conference to the future of the Grand Bargain. Registration and detailed conference agenda for the two days can be found here.

Advocacy strategies on impact of counter-terrorism measures

06.05.2021 16:00 - 17:15

Humanity & Inclusion and CHA invite to a roundtable on 6 May 2021 from 16:00-17:15 CEST. Topic: Exchange on (collective) advocacy strategies on humanitarian impact of counter-terrorism measures. Further information can be found here.

CHA @ Humanitarian Leadership Conference 2021

29.04.2021 09:10 - 09:30

CHA research fellow Darina Pellowska is invited as a speaker at the Humanitarian Leadership Conference. She will present the topic Managing Localisation. More information on her presentation and the 2-day conference can be found here.

Hunger Ward – 6 Years War in Yemen

25.03.2021 18:00 - 19:30

Yemen is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. On the occasion of the anniversary on 26 March, the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, together with Aktion gegen den Hunger and CHA, is showing the documentary film "Hunger Ward" and invites you to a panel discussion on the current situation. More info here.

Thinking and implementing anti-racism in aid organisations 

15.03.2021 09:30 - 17:00

CHA is inviting staff of German aid organisations to discuss racism in humanitarian aid for a second time in a reflection workshop facilitated by the Zentrum für soziale Inklusion, Migration und Teilhabe (ZSIMT). All information here.

10 years Syria crisis – time for a new approach? Recording online now

11.03.2021 13:00 - 14:30

On 11 March 2021, the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) has hosted the online panel discussion "10 years Syria crisis – time for a new approach?". Here you can re-watch a recording of the event and have a look at the media resonance that followed the event.

GIZ Brown Bag Lunch

17.02.2021 12:00 - 13:00

How to address the lack of competence and capacity of German humanitarian aid on the public and civilian side? Find out more at the GIZ Brown Bag Lunch on 17 February 2021 at 12 CET with the Director of CHA Ralf Südhoff.

Helfen mit Know-how

14.12.2020 19:00 - 20:00

How can humanitarian aid succeed between underfinancing, innovation and instrumentalisation? On 14 December 2020, Margarete Bause, member of the Bundestag for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and spokesperson for human rights policy and humanitarian aid, invites you to an online discussion. Ralf Südhoff is a panelist.

Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

09.12.2020 11:00 - 12:00

In the frame of the eighth Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action, CHA Director Ralf Südhoff will facilitate a panel on anticipatory humanitarian action on 9 December 2020 at 11:00 CET. Topic: Anticipatory Action in Situations of Conflict: Barriers and Breakthroughs. All information about the event can be found here.

Thinking and Implementing Anti-Racism in Aid Organisations

10.11.2020 10:30 - 18:00

The Centre for Social Inclusion Migration and Participation (ZSIMT) and CHA invite interested employees of German aid organisations to discuss racism in humanitarian aid in a professionally moderated reflection event.

CHA Conference on the Triple Nexus

26.10.2020 - 27.10.2020 09:00 - 15:45

From 26-27 October 2020, CHA is organising the international conference "Triple Nexus in Practice - What about Peace?". More information on registration and the complete agenda can be found here.

Fachtagung Katastrophenvorsorge

19.10.2020 - 20.10.2020 all-day

The German Red Cross invites you to its conference on disaster prevention "Fachtagung Katastrophenvorsorge 2020" on 19 and 20 October 2020. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff moderates a panel on the COVID-19 response in Lebanon. All further information can be found here.

CHA @SDG-Conference

05.10.2020 09:00 - 21:30

As part of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) organises a SDG-Conference. In the frame of this conference, CHA is actively contributing with the facilitation of a panel discussion, two breakout-sessions and the screening of the movie "Selfish" with a film talk afterwards.

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin

30.09.2020 - 10.10.2020 all-day

The Human Rights Film Festival Berlin (HRFFB) returns to Berlin as a hybrid on- & offline festival. Among numerous other organisations, CHA is a cooperation partner of the event and Ralf Südhoff will facilitate a panel discussion on the topic "Hunger Pandemic".

On the Basis of Need Alone? Data Gathering, Impartiality and the Localisation of Humanitarian Action

24.09.2020 15:00 - 16:30

The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) and the Excellence Cluster Africa Multiple are inviting you to a virtual roundtable discussion “On the Basis of Needs Alone? Data Gathering, Impartiality and the Localisation of Humanitarian Action” on 24 September 2020. This event is part of the event series “Humanitarian reflections – research meets practice”.

The future of aid in Syria

22.09.2020 11:00 - 13:00

Caritas international and CHA invite to a debate about the future of aid in Syria. Director of Caritas international, Oliver Müller, Thomas Zahneisen from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and other guests will discuss who can provide what kind of impartial help in the future.

Attack on civil society?

09.09.2020 16:30 - 18:00

In many countries, state repressions on civil society actors are increasing, for example in the form of so-called "NGO laws" that restrict funding opportunities and impose surveillance. To discuss this, Maecenata Foundation invites you to a webinar on September 9, 2020. CHA research fellow Sonja Hövelmann is a panelist.

COVID-19 – comprehensive response or development reversal?

21.08.2020 11:00 - 12:30

Join our webinar on Friday August 21, 11h Berlin time. COVID-19 – comprehensive response or development reversal? More details here.

KUNO Summer Course 2020

08.07.2020 - 09.07.2020 all-day

Have you recently started working in the humanitarian field looking for a solid impetus? Or are you already experienced and looking for a thorough update? Then the KUNO Summer Course on July 8-9, 2020 could be of interest to you.

Starvation crimes – Hunger as a weapon in conflict

19.06.2020 11:00 - 12:30

'Starvation crimes – Hunger as a weapon in conflict' - join our webinar, co-hosted by Welthungerhilfe, on June 19, 11 CEST. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Cash and Voucher Assistance in Syria: Opportunities and Challenges

18.06.2020 14:00 - 15:30

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe offers a webinar on June 18, 14 CEST on 'Cash and Voucher Assistance in Syria: Opportunities and Challenges'. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff is one of the panelists.

Webinar Do No Harm

03.06.2020 10:00 - 11:30

Not every "well-meant" project is also good. How can this be changed? VENRO e.V. is offering a webinar on the established Do No Harm approach on May 18-19, 2020.

Compass 2020 – The reality of German development policy

15.05.2020 12:30 - 13:30

On the occasion of the publication of the "Compass 2020", Welthungerhilfe and terre des hommes invite to a webinar on May 15, 2020 at 12h30 CEST. Topic: The reality of German development policy.

The Triple Nexus: Threat or Opportunity for the Humanitarian Principles?

14.05.2020 15:00 - 16:30

We invite you to our CHA webinar on May 14, 2020, 15h CEST. Topic: the Triple Nexus. Guest speakers: Marc DuBois, former MSF Director UK/IE and Senior Fellow at the SOAS University of London and Dabagaï Dabagaï, Country Director at Action Contre la Faim Mali.

Webinar counterterrorism measures and humanitarian assistance

29.04.2020 10:00 - 11:30

Sanctions lists, export bans, risk assessments - counterterrorism measures are becoming more frequent and are making humanitarian assistance more difficult. How to keep an overview? VENRO e.V. invites to a webinar on April 29, 2020, 10 CEST. CHA employees will provide input.

Hunger and armed conflict: when hunger becomes a weapon of war

26.03.2020 09:00 - 11:30

Starvation as a method of warfare - a development that was believed to have been overcome in recent years. Hunger as a weapon is used both against the civilian population and against humanitarian aid workers. On 26 March 2020, Welthungerhilfe invites to an expert discussion. CHA Research Fellow Andrea Steinke will participate as a panelist.

Triple Nexus – a donor-driven agenda?

10.03.2020 16:00 - 18:00

CHA's third Triple Nexus roundtable will be co-hosted by VENRO and will focus on the German and European donor landscape. On the event, VOICE will also present its study on European NGO perspectives on the Nexus.

Doctors do not prevent genocide

19.02.2020 18:30 - 20:00

The genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the questions that Doctors without Borders (MSF) asked itself remain relevant today: What can a medical organisation really do? What can humanitarian assistance do? Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz invites to the Landau Peace Lectures with Ulrike von Pilar on 19 February.

Mid-term review of German membership of the UN Security Council

13.02.2020 09:30 - 13:00

Germany's first year in the UN Security Council is over. Time for an interim review. Save the Children, CARE, Oxfam and NRC in cooperation with CHA and the Swedish Embassy invite to a joint discussion on February 13, 2020.

YEMEN: When water is used as a weapon of war

06.02.2020 09:30 - 11:30

For five years now, the war in Yemen has been fought in a way that contributed to the country’s fall into an unprecedented water, sanitation, hygiene (WaSH) and an overall public health crisis. On February 6 2020, Aktion gegen den Hunger (ACF) will present a new study on this subject. CHA hosts the event.

Humanitarian Reflections

04.02.2020 13:00 - 16:00

The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) together with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Humanitarian Law (IFHV) and the University of Siegen invite to a joint event on Feb 4 to bring together humanitarian practitioners and scientists.

Migration and the Humanitarian Space in Europe

29.01.2020 16:00 - 18:00

Migration and the Humanitarian Space in Europe are much discussed topics. On January 29, 2020, the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) and Groupe URD invite you to a roundtable discussion.

Target groups on the web – Stammtisch für die gute Sache No. 7

22.01.2020 14:00 - 16:00

Centre for Humanitarian Action, Maecenata Foundation, allcodesarebeautiful (ACB) and werk21 Kommunikation GmbH invite to the 7th Stammtisch für die gute Sache on January 22.

Humanitarian assistance 50 years after Biafra

14.01.2020 10:30 - 12:30

January 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the so-called Biafra war. The Federal Foreign Office together with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and the German Caritasverband e.V./Caritas international invite to an event on January 14, 2020.

10 years after the earthquake in Haiti

09.01.2020 11:00 - 14:30

What is the situation today in Haiti, ten years after the earthquake? Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft is inviting to an event on January 9, 2020. CHA Fellow Andrea Steinke will be there as a panelist.

Journalist Award Humanitarian Aid

05.01.2020 all-day

Aktion Deutschland Hilft and the Federal Foreign Office award the Journalist Award Humanitarian Aid for the third time. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff is a member of the jury. Applications for research grants can be submitted until January 05, 2020.

The honest broker? Germany and its new humanitarian strategy and role

06.12.2019 12:00 - 14:00

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) invite to a round table on December 06, 2019. Topic: Germany's new humanitarian role and strategy.

Contested Triple Nexus – Examples from Mali

28.11.2019 16:00 - 18:00

The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) invites you to its second event on the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus. The event will take place on November 28, 2019, 16-18h in the facilities of CHA in Berlin.

IOM Migration Talks

28.11.2019 12:00 - 14:00

The International Organization For Migration (IOM) Germany and SOS MEDITERRANEE invite to the IOM Migration Talks on November 28, 2019. CHA research fellow Kristina Roepstorff will give input.

Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2019

17.10.2019 - 18.10.2019 09:00 - 17:30

On 17 and 18 October 2019 the Humanitarian Congress Berlin will take place for the 21st time. As last year, the CHA will also be present with a stand. Please also visit our panel on the humanitarian situation in Syria, moderated by Ralf Südhoff.

ALNAP 32nd Annual Meeting

15.10.2019 - 16.10.2019 08:00 - 17:30

ALNAP's 32nd Annual Meeting in Berlin will discuss the relevance of humanitarian aid and analyse how people in humanitarian crisis can get the support that is most important to them. Ralf Südhoff will moderate a plenary session.

Bonn Peace Days 2019

24.09.2019 18:00 - 20:30

As part of the Bonn Peace Days 2019 and on the occasion of the International Peace Day on 24 September 2019, Ralf Südhoff will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of: "Development policy in Syria? Humanitarian aid, reconstruction and peace-building facing difficult challenges".

Roundtable: Counterterrorism laws and sanctions regime

18.09.2019 15:00 - 18:00

Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and the CHA invite to a confidential round table in which NGOs can discuss the implications of counterterrorism legislation of international donors and the effect they have for their project work and humanitarian aid in general.

Monday on the Couch: Refugees, Activists and Humanitarians – all criminals?

22.07.2019 18:30 - 21:00

IAC and CHA are going to discuss the implications of recent developments in Europe regarding humanitarian access and civic action around asylum seeking.

Roundtable: The Triple Nexus in Practice

12.06.2019 14:00 - 17:00

Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the CHA are hosting a roundtable under Chatham House Rule to discuss with other humanitarian and multi-mandate organisations how the Triple Nexus is working in conflict zones and how this approach is affecting humanitarian action.

Discussion with Mark Lowcock, USG UN-OCHA

05.06.2019 13:30 - 14:30

The CHA is pleased to welcome Mark Lowcock for exchanging with Berlin-based humanitarian stakeholders - in a closed, by invitation only, event – about both opportunities and challenges of anticipatory humanitarian financing and its future establishment in the humanitarian system.

Symposium: Humanitarian Assistance in a Changing World

04.04.2019 14:30 - 18:00

The report "State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS)" is one of the most important analyses of humanitarian action worldwide. The current report deals with international developments since 2015. The German launch of the report will be presented jointly by the CHA, the Federal Foreign Office and ALNAP.

Parliament hearing on humanitarian assistance

20.03.2019 15:00 - 18:00

The CHA has been appointed as an expert for a public hearing of the Federal German Parliament and its Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid. We will comment on the German government's report on its humanitarian assistance from 2014 to 2017.

Opening event of CHA

19.03.2019 18:00 - 21:00

We will discuss the topic "Humanitarian aid in crisis - does Germany need to play a bigger role?" with Niels Annen (Federal Foreign Office), Dr. Oliver Müller (Caritas Germany), Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel (Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe) and Florian Westphal (MSF Germany) plus international guests.