11.03.2024 - 22.03.2024, Online

Current Approaches and GIS Methods to Support Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

11, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 March 2024, online

Anticipatory humanitarian action seeks to reduce the negative impacts of disasters by providing assistance to populations at risk before predictable extreme events occur. In this context, the use of geodata bears great potential. This advanced course requires basic experience with the use of GIS and geodata and introduces some of the more complex techniques to support anticipatory action through the collection, processing and analysis of geoinformation.



  • Main fields of application for geospatial data in anticipatory humanitarian action
  • Advanced analysis techniques to analyze geospatial data using QGIS
  • How to apply GIS applications and geospatial data, GIS, and earth observation to the development, implementation, and evaluation of Anticipatory Action Frameworks
  • Use of geodata in humanitarian risk analysis



A laptop that meets the system requirements to run QGIS is required for this course.


Target group

Staff members of German NGOs and their local partners with several years of professional experience in (anticipatory) humanitarian aid, participants of the training "The Use of Geo-Data in Humanitarian Action".



The seminar consists of six half-day sessions. The sessions will be in English.

Session 1: Monday, 11 March 2024

Session 2: Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Session 3: Friday, 15 March 2024

Session 4: Monday, 18 March 2024

Session 5: Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Session 6: Friday, 22 March 2024

9:00 am – 1:00 pm CET



The seminar will be led by facilitators from the German Red Cross and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT). Since 2017, both institutions have worked successfully together to further refine the methodology of anticipatory approaches like Forecast-based Financing and to develop GIS solutions for the implementation of (anticipatory) humanitarian action.



The seminar is free of charge.



Your registration is binding. Participants will receive feedback on whether they have been admitted to the course within two weeks after their registration.

Please contact Sören Schneider for further questions: soeren.schneider[at]ruhr-uni-bochum.de


This seminar is part of a joint project of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr-University Bochum and VENRO. It is financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.