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European Networking

Linking German and European policy capacities

Humanitarian needs have increased by a factor of almost 20 since 2000. The humanitarian system is increasingly overstretched by challenges such as protracted large-scale conflicts, the protection of humanitarian spaces and international humanitarian law as well as the impact of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic. In parallel, a comprehensive reform debate was initiated with the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 and the Grand Bargain workstreams.

However, European public actors, and in particular actors seeking to address the above-mentioned challenges, struggle to reform and innovate humanitarian action, to influence relevant debates and to engage in international agenda-setting due to limited institutional capacities. This also holds true for the German government, although its financial commitment has increased by about 2000% since 2010 alone, making Germany the world’s second largest humanitarian donor. German and most European civilian actors also face substantial limitations in their policy capacities and European humanitarian think tanks cooperate only to a limited extent.

Identifying complementarities and leveraging synergies between these actors is an approach to jointly overcome these limitations and challenges. The project pursues this approach by creating space for dialogue and a network beyond silos, so that German and selected European actors can define common priorities and strategies to further develop humanitarian assistance and protect the humanitarian space.

Contact: Sonja Hövelmann & Ralf Südhoff

Linking German and European Policy Capacities is part of the project “Strengthening Programme and Policy Relevant Capacities of Humanitarian Actors in Germany” (SPreAD), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Ralf Südhoff - CHA Director

Ralf Südhoff in the news on European coordination of humanitarian action



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Out of the box: Strategy Snacks 3

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15.09.2023 11:00 - 13:00


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Out of the box: Strategy Snacks 2

20.07.2023 12:00 - 13:00


What significance will the Grand Bargain have for Germany's new humanitarian strategy? What are the international expectations for Germany? We will discuss this with Michael Köhler, DG ECHO and newly appointed Grand Bargain Ambassador, and Susanne Fries-Gaier, German Federal Foreign Office.

Out of the box: Strategy Snacks

10.07.2023 11:30 - 13:00


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European Network of Humanitarian Thinktanks



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13.06.2023 15:00 - 16:30


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11.05.2023 00:00 - 23:59


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Ralf Südhoff participates in DG ECHO brainstorming meeting “Expanding the donor base - introducing new approaches”



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#CHA22 Annual Conference Event review



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CHA Annual Conference 2022: Where is the Humanitarian Turning Point?

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Berlin Thought Leadership Lab

10.11.2022 15:00 - 18:00


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Research trip: Perception of German humanitarian action



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The triple nexus in practice: challenges and proposals for the Spanish cooperation

28.06.2022 16:00 - 17:30


The IECAH presents its report «The triple nexus in practice: challenges and proposals for the Spanish cooperation». CHA director Ralf Südhoff will share the German experiences with this approach.

Europäische Fahne

Second meeting of European Think Tanks

16.06.2022 11:00 - 13:30


Following on from the network meeting in Berlin in March, humanitarian thinktanks from Europe met again in June at the invitation of CHA and as part of the SPreAD Europe project.

Workshop: Climate Change and Humanitarian Change

16.06.2022 10:00 - 16:00


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Humanitarian Talk: Quality Funding

23.03.2022 14:00 - 15:00


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Workshop of European Thinktanks

02.03.2022 10:00 - 15:30


At the invitation of CHA and in the framework of the SPreAD Europe project, leading thinktanks from Europe met for a workshop in Berlin in early March.