"We collect a lot of data. But being able to really understand what that data means and how we can use it to project any future scenarios, was extremely useful."  - Lilian Kamau, Senior Project Officer, Mixed Migration Centre

The ACAPS Humanitarian Analysis Programme (HAP) seeks to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes among those responsible for analysis within their organisations.

Existing analysis trainings tend to focus on technical, statistical and software-based analysis. We believe, however, that analysis is more than that, and that it is a process that requires the application of cognitive functions, an inquisitive mind-set, and the use of structured analytical techniques. Humanitarian needs analysis aims to make sense of available information, and to identify significant facts, trends and anomalies to inform efficient and effective decision-making.

Improving the quality of anlaysis

In line with this, ACAPS has developed a 6-month educational programme focusing on humanitarian needs analysis to partners. Since 2018 the HAP has been delivered two times at a global level and one time regionally. It offers theoretical and practical assignments on advanced analysis techniques, designing, communicating and using analysis for decision making, scenario building and joint analysis. 

In the second half of 2020 a regionally adapted version of the HAP was delivered for participants working on the Yemen humanitarian crisis. In January 2021 a new edition of the Global HAP started, maintaining the innovative nature of the course the content has been adapted to facilitate an e-learning experience in spite of the restrictions.

The current Global HAP 2021 counts with 20 participants from 11 organizations such as OCHA, IOM, UNHCR, IFRC, WHO, NRC and Save the Children among others.

For more information on this programme, please contact Eirini Karanisa at ek(at)acaps.org