UN OCHA’s ReliefWeb provides a comprehensive overview of training and capacity-building opportunities for humanitarian staff, as well as up-to-date information on humanitarian crises around the world. The platform offers search and filter options and is constantly updated by an editorial team. Information is selected from more than 4,000 sources, including humanitarian organisations at international and local level, at EU level (e.g. VOICE, VENRO, DG ECHO), as well as educational and research institutions. In addition, the platform offers the latest reports, maps and infographics from trusted sources, sorted by topic.

(DE) ReliefWeb von UN OCHA bietet eine umfassende Übersicht über Trainings- und Weiterbildungsangebote für die Kapazitätsentwicklung von Mitarbeiter*innen humanitärer Organisationen und aktuelle Informationen über humanitäre Krisen weltweit. Die Plattform erlaubt die Anwendung von Such- und Filterfunktionen und wird von einem Redaktionsteam ständig aktualisiert. Informationen stammen von über 4.000 Quellen, darunter humanitäre Organisationen auf internationaler und lokaler Ebene, auf EU-Ebene (z.B. VOICE, VENRO, DG ECHO), sowie Bildungs- und Forschungseinrichtungen. Zudem stellt die Plattform neueste Berichte, Karten und Infografiken vertrauenswürdiger Quellen thematisch geordnet vor.

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

ALNAP is a network of nearly 100 humanitarian organisations whose secretariat covers a wide range of topics and manages HELP (Humanitarian Evaluation, Learning and Performance), the largest collection of resources in the humanitarian sector. In particular, we would like to recommend the 2022 State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) report.

(DE) ALNAP ist ein Netzwerk von knapp 100 Institutionen im Bereich humanitäre Assistenz, dessen Sekretariat eine Vielfalt an Themen aufbereitet und die größte Ressourcensammlung im humanitären Sektor, HELP (Humanitarian Evaluation, Learning and Performance), verwaltet. Besonders ans Herz legen möchten wir euch den Bericht State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) aus dem Jahr 2022.

Humanitarian Leadership Academy

The online platform from Kaya offers free face-to-face learning opportunities from various organisations in addition to online learning. Here are some of the highlights:

(DE) Die Online-Plattform von Kaya präsentiert zusätzlich zu kostenlosen Online- auch Präsenz-Lernangebote verschiedener Organisationen. Einige Highlights wollen wir Euch vorstellen:

  • Sphere in Practice: Learn how to apply the standards in the Sphere Handbook through realistic examples from complex and protracted crises.
  • FIELD is a free capacity building programme for field managers. It’s focus is to develop the pool of local, national, and international staff who can prepare for and take charge of in-country operational programmes in humanitarian responses, e.g.
  • Safeguarding Essentials: An interactive, scenario-focused course that will build your understanding of what safeguarding is and its importance in the humanitarian and development sector.
  • Risk Management: Learn to identify risks as either a threat or an opportunity, and the different roles and responsibilities that exist with regard to risk.
  • Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL): A self-paced introductory online course addressed to humanitarian professionals who are keen on understanding how and when this body of law applies, and whom it protects.
  • Introduction to Needs Assessments in Emergencies is an self-directed nline course in the framework of the Humanitarian Operations Programme (HOP) Fundamentals which are available on the Kaya Platform.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

The website contains guidelines, policy documents, manuals and tools on almost every humanitarian issue at global and local level, often in several languages. These documents are designed to help humanitarian actors improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action.

(DE) Auf der Webseite findet Ihr Leitlinien, Policy-Dokumente, Handbücher und Tools zu praktisch jedem Thema der Humanitären Hilfe auf globaler sowie lokaler Ebene, oftmals in mehreren Sprachen. Anhand dieser Unterlagen sollen humanitäre Akteur*innen dazu beitragen können,Wirksamkeit humanitärer Maßnahmen zu verbessern.

Institutions & Trainings Sorted by Topic

Access, Humanitarian Access & Humanitarian Negotiation

Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) online self-study courses available on the Kaya platform:

Anti-Corruption, Integrity

ADA Anti-Corruption

“Preventing and combating corruption as part of promoting good governance is a major goal of Austrian Development Cooperation. Based on international standards, such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the final document of the High Level Forum in Busan, the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) or the OECD DAC Principles for Donor Action in Anti-Corruption, Austria is engaged in both internally and externally preventing and combating corruption.In-house corruption prevention.”

U4 Anti-Corruption Ressource Centre (at the CMI)

  • Workshops, Online-courses
  • Anti-corruption helpdesk
  • Publications and research

Transparency Interntional

  • Research
  • Country information on corruption
  • Campaigns
  • Preventing corruption in humanitarian aid. Corruption is a major challenge in humanitarian assistance as it deprives the most vulnerable poor people, the victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts of essential live-saving resources. This Self-dirceted online training course provided by TI Norway and the IFRC on the Kaya Platform will give you an understanding of the problems of corruption through scenario based exercises – your choices have consequences.

Protection, Child Protection & PSEA/GBV

  • Child Protection in Emergencies (entry level): Self-paced online course provided by Save the Children on the Kaya Platform. The course is conducted in English and Arabic, and is designed to empower child protection practitioners from international and national non- governmental organisations, UN agencies, and government representatives to strengthen their child protection humanitarian response capabilities in both chronic crises and new emergencies.
  • Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS): Self-paced online course on the Kaya Platform.
  • Child Protection in Conflict Settings: A self-directed mid-level online course that uses practical scenarios to cover many issues that you may face when working in child protection in conflict settings. Provided by Save the Children on the Kaya Platform.
  • Child Protection and Education: Self-paced online course which outlines how Education and Child Protection actors can work together more systematically, based on complementarity, to support children’s well-being in humanitarian contexts.
  • Psychological First Aid for Children: Self-paced online course provided by Save the Children on the Kaya Platform, which will introduce you to the concepts and steps involved in providing support to children following a distressing event. It includes activities that focus on the core elements of PFA and how to apply them in a humanitarian context.
  • Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: The self-paced online-course, developed by UNHCR, aims to raise awareness about how acts of sexual exploitation and abuse impact individuals and whole communities and what to do about it.
  • Managing sexual exploitation and abuse investigations: This seld.directed online course provided by InterAction on the Kaya Platform explores how to manage an investigation into an accusation of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Gender-Based Violence Information Management System: This self-directed online course provided by teh IRC on the Kaya Platform will teach about the GBVIMS – a multi-faceted initiative that enables humanitarian actors responding to incidents of GBV to effectively and safely collect, store, analyze and share data reported by GBV survivors.
  • Girl Shine Training: The self-guided onlin course provided by the IRC on the Kaya Platform has been designed for GBV practitioners to learn more about and/or refresh their skills on Girl Shine – a program model and resource package that seeks to support, protect, and empower adolescent girls in humanitarian settings.

Cash & Voucher Assistance (CVA)

CALP Network – Choice and Dignity for People in Crisis: The Network offers curated collections of publications and other resources, a library, a collection of blogs and recordings, research and training, e.g., Why Data Rights Matter a self-driected online training on the Kaya Paltform.

The Programme Quality Toolbox consists of a set of common standards and actions for quality cash and voucher assistance, organised according to the stages of the CVA programme cycle.

Climate Crisis, Environment & Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

  • Virtual and face-to-face courses
  • Supporting materials and tools on disaster risk reduction & climate change adaptation e.g. the Climate Training Kit

CARE Climate Academy: find self-paced courses, learningjourneys, trainer packs and customised training offers.

The Learning Stream on Climate Change and Humanitarian Action of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies
(ICVA) Humanitarian Hub, provides a platform for the broader humanitarian community to better understand how we can reduce our impact of climate change by accelerating our own action, while also increasing environmental sustainability in line with commitments made within the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations.

The International Recovery Platform (IRP) is a global partnership working to strengthen knowledge and share experiences and lessons on building back better in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction:

  • Collections of resources from recovery experiences to support learning and improve preparedness to build back better. Topics: Cyclones, land slides, Wild fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcano eruptions.
  • Face-to-face and online trainings: e.g., Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Disaster and Climate Resilience
  • Recovery Help Desk

Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI)

  • E-catalogue of training modules in disaster risk reduction. The themes are built around key functions and capacity requirements for disaster risk reduction, enabling users to custom search the training offer available based on their specific needs.

Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR)

The UNDRR Global Education and Training Institute (GETI): has a global mandate to provide capacity building support to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into sustainable development; convene and support inter-city learning to strengthen resilience (Making Cities Resilient); and to provide capacity building and best practice sharing support to national training institutions working on resilience issues.

Gender Equality – Diversity – Inclusion

  • UN Women Training Centre: Free self paced (and customised) trainings in English, Spanish, French and Arabic
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Self-directed online course on the Kaya Platform. During humanitarian crises vulnerable people can often be overlooked. Understanding how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion is crucial in effectively supporting people of all ages and backgrounds in a non-discriminatory and equitable manner. This course is designed to improve your equality, diversity and inclusion knowledge.
  • Collecting Data for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action: This self-directed online course has been designed to support you in understanding, planning for and using the Washington Group Questions (WGQs) to identify persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.

HDP/Triple Nexus

The UNDP Crisis Academy upscales crisis capabilities corporately across multiple thematic areas to ensure UNDP’s vision for the future of development becomes a reality—even when conflict, disaster and shocks threaten progress.

The Nexus Academy is an initiative delivered by the UN-DAC Dialogue Group:

  • Self-paced online-course
  • HDP Nexus Full training: Participation is required for 8 hours per week for 6 weeks. Through a mix of self-taught & social learning, participants must attend at least nine of the twelve modules to earn certificate.

Monitroring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)

The Kaya Platform provides several self-directed online courses from diverse organisations, e.g.:

  • Introduction to MEAL
  • Evaluation: The scale of a humanitarian disaster can make the application of appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems difficult. This module focuses on the different types of evaluation and the principles that guide the overall evaluation planning process.
  • Accountability and Learning: Evidence has shown that a strong accountability and learning system supports high quality and appropriate programme interventions. This module explores what these terms mean in a humanitarian context, and their benefits.
  • Data Standards: This module will take a look into data quality standards, how information can be communicated to stakeholders and best practices for storing and disposing of data.
  • FIELD Visit Challenge – MEAL: You will be presented with a number of scenarios to test your understanding around a variety of MEAL topics and your ability to apply your knowledge in emergencies.


The International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) offers security products and services, ranging from alerts, data dashboards and analysis through to training and emergency support.

UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

Online-Trainings (self-directed) on the Kaya Platform:

  • Safety and Security Before Deployment: This course explores a typical security risk management planning process. It will cover the topics of actor mapping and context analysis, risk assessment, digital security and common security strategies – all within the context of before deployment or starting a new programme.
  • Safety and Security Within The First 1-2 Weeks and Ongoing Improvement: This course explores initial safety measures during the first 1-2 weeks of deployment such as security plans, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and contingency plans. It also looks at what’s needed to monitor the situation and look for ongoing security improvements once operations are running securely.

General Training Institutions

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

The centre offers a wide variety of courses which are re developed in close consultation with the Centre’s academic and humanitarian. There are residential courses; however, most courses are available online, like the MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).


The free digital learning platform atingi leverages the potential of digitisation and offers free learning opportunities that address critical employment and educational skill gaps in emerging markets worldwide.


The signature program of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation provides unlimited access to over 1,500 free learning resources on essential humanitarian skills in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.


  • Training Centres (i.a. Dakar, Senegal and Venissieux, France) with courses on Logistics, Security, Cash Transfer, Project Management, MEAL, …
  • E-learning platform

ICRC Training Centre

The online training modules are available to anyone as self-paced courses and are provided free of charge.

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra (Ghana)

  • Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa Core Courses (funded by ADA) in English and French
  • Climate Action in Humanitarian Assistance course (funded by ADA)
  • Training of Trainers for Courses on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (funded by ADA) in Englisch and French
  • Women’s Empoerment Component for the career development of female humanitarian workers from West Africe (English and French) also funded by ADA

United Nations Insititute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

The United Nations Institute for Training and research offers a wide range of trainings in several langauges including (self-paced) online trainings for free. Among the main pirllars are Peace, People, Planet, Prosperity, Accelerating SDG.

VOICE Kalendar

  • Conferences, roundtables, trainings and meetings throughout Europe which are aimed at informing VOICE members about humanitarian policies and procedures, and assisting them with donor requirements (in particular of the humanitarian aid department of the European Commission, DG ECHO).
  • Events can be public, members only or organised by member organisations.