Advanced Training Program
On Humanitarian Action (ATHA)

ATHA’s main objective is to foster innovative responses to current challenges to humanitarian protection by capturing new approaches and insights of practitioners through informal, professional exchange, such as tailored research on practitioner questions, interactive briefings on the ATHA portal, focusing on key questions of protection, closed, online workshops on issues of interest, open podcast exchanges. ATHA aims to enhance its own contribution to critical conversations around current practices by addressing growing challenges to the protection of civilians and the implementation of international humanitarian and human rights standards; strengthening relationships among professionals engaged in humanitarian action, especially at the local level, and fostering regional communities of practice around specific contexts.

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The monthly webcast allows professionals around the world to engage with a global panel of experts and practitioners on current dilemmas of humanitarian action.



Read in-depth analysis of key legal and policy issues facing humanitarian professionals and explore how they impact your work in the field.




Read our weekly analysis of current trends and challenges in the humanitarian section, and explore practitioner perspectives through our Guest Blog series.



ATHA is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)


Join us for immersive, case-based trainings and practitioner working groups, where you'll exchange with colleagues across agencies about legal and policy challenges for humanitarian protection.   



Broaden your understanding of the fundamental concepts of humanitarian action through free, interactive, self-paced e-learning modules.

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June, 2019

Despite decades of development programming for a country once upheld as a “model democracy” in Africa, Mali remains a country destabilized by extreme poverty; escalating violence and instability; and diminishing prospects for Malians’ futures in education, livelihoods, and stability. Even in light of an ongoing international presence and intervention in the country, and millions of dollars raised and spent each year on humanitarian programming, the persistent degradation of governance, livelihoods, and security continues.