05.06.2024 - 6.06.2024, Bochum

MEAL in Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

05. - 06. June, Bochum

The humanitarian sector has extensive experience responding to the impacts of hazards and large-scale humanitarian emergencies, whether caused by floods and cyclones or because droughts give rise to severe food insecurity, epidemics or conflict. There is also a large body of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) results and research on the effects of emergency response on the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the crises. Much less evidence exists on the effects of anticipatory humanitarian action. With anticipatory action being considered an innovative approach and a relatively recent addition to the humanitarian sector, this training responds to the urgent need to generate robust evidence on the effectiveness, also compared to conventional humanitarian response, and to learn what works and how to do better, e.g. with regards to processes and also triggers.



  • Why M&E is important for anticipatory action
  • What particular M&E challenges for slow and fast onset hazards are in the context of anticipatory action
  • How to monitor and evaluate anticipatory actions for slow and fast-onset hazards, including the discussion of practical examples of trigger and impact evaluations
  • What evidence there is for the positive impact of anticipatory action for affected communities (also in comparison with "conventional" humanitarian measures)


Target group

Staff of humanitarian NGOs with several years of professional experience, practitioners in the areas of DRR/anticipatory action, staff in charge of MEAL operations.

We kindly ask German NGO colleagues to forward this invitation to their local and national partners.



This workshop is designed for participants who want to take part in-person in Bochum (Germany). The sessions will be in English.

Session 1: Wednesday, 05 June2024

Session 2: Thursday, 06 June 2024

09:00 am – 5:30 pm CET



Akademie der Ruhr-Universität gGmbH, Suttner-Nobel-Allee 4, 44803 Bochum



The workshop will be led German Red Cross and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.



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.