26.02.2024 - 1.03.2024, Bonn

People First Impact Method (P-FIM)


26 February – 1 March 2024, Bonn

P-FIM is a community engagement tool where communities lead in identifying important issues and activities in their lives. The starting point is people and communities, not projects or agencies. It builds transparency, shared learning and trust between all stakeholders, especially the community, local government and agencies. P-FIM strengthens communication with affected people as a basis for accurate information gathering, understanding context and facilitating active engagement.



  • Identification of community groups
  • Pyramid of communication
  • Wheel of life
  • Understanding context
  • Open questioning techniques
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Goal-free exercise
  • Two-way discussion
  • Application of P-FIM

Participants will qualify to facilitate P-FIM exercises.


Target group

The training is directed at the staff of German humanitarian NGOs responsible for engagement, assessment, monitoring and evaluation.



Gerry McCarthy, co-founder of P-FIM and Anne Hild Rivera, experienced P-FIM trainer, will conduct the training.



The training consists of five full days. The training will be in English.

Monday, 26 February – 1 March 2024

8:30 am – 5:00 pm CET (Monday – Thursday)

8:30 am – 3:15 pm CET (Friday)



The seminar will take place in Bonn.

Haus Müllestumpe

An der Rheindorfer Burg 22

53117 Bonn, Germany

The venue is largely accessible. Please let us know if you have special support needs and/or bring assistive devices or companions. We will be happy to make reasonable accommodations associated with the event to the best of our ability.



The training can be credited towards a Certificate of Advanced Studies in either “Locally-Led Humanitarian Action” or “Foundations of Humanitarian Action". You can find more information here. Participants who wish to join the certificate programme must take an exam. The exam will be a written assignment and take place on the last training day.



The seminar is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs must be organised and paid for by participants themselves.




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


Please contact Karoline Krähling for further questions.



This training 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.