Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2020: Moving to the Cloud(s)

26 - 30 October 2020

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The very first virtual Humanitarian Congress Berlin

When we titled the 2019 Humanitarian Congress Berlin – A Perfect Storm – we did not expect that The Perfect Storm was in fact still ahead of us. Early this year we took the difficult decision not to run the Humanitarian Congress in Berlin as originally planned. Regardless of whether the event could technically take place in Berlin, we knew that we would not be able to make sure the diverse speakers and participants we were planning to invite, would be able to travel to Berlin. Communities and humanitarian actors are facing multiple challenges in responding to the global Covid19 outbreak in addition to balancing the response to pre-existing crises. Therefore we decided, that 2020 was a year, in which critical debate and a platform to openly discuss the most pressing humanitarian issues, was needed more than ever.

We have therefore decided to launch the first virtual Humanitarian Congress Berlin that will be taking place over the course of the last week in October (26/10-30/10).


[in German only]
Zeit zu handeln:
Humanitäre Hilfe machtkritisch, inklusiv und frei von Rassismus und Diskriminierung gestalten

Gemeinsame Presserklärung des Steering Committees und Partnern zum diesjährigen Humanitarian Congress Berlin

Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis

This is a time of major upheaval, once again exposing deep structural and social inequalities. This year’s programme will therefore revolve around the theme “Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis”. We will be discussing the existing power imbalances in the humanitarian sector and discuss how social inequalities shape the global response to crises. We will confront emerging issues such as the fight against the spread of misinformation and the private sector’s profiteering on drugs, tests, and vaccines used for the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss how the pandemic has redefined vulnerability and talk about issues such as gender-based violence. We will address racism and white privilege and talk about decolonising humanitarian action, issues where the humanitarian sector still has a long way to go.  In addition, we will follow up the conversation from last year’s event and discuss the humanitarian consequences of climate change, including a session on preparing for a 1-4 degree world, the role of the climate crisis in relation to urbanisation and of course, how to tackle a health and a climate crisis simultaneously. 


Our partners
We are delighted to announce our new collaboration with Oxfam, joining our 2019 ally Greenpeace as official partners of this year’s Humanitarian Congress Berlin.

20 years of frank and (self) critical debate

For more than 20 years, the Humanitarian Congress Berlin has been debating, analysing, evaluating and developing the theory and practice of humanitarian action. It brings together leading experts from medical and humanitarian organisations, governments, and the media, as well as young professionals interested in humanitarian work. It provides participants from around the globe with a unique opportunity to share their experience, knowledge and ideas of humanitarian action in an international and multi-disciplinary setting. By gathering more than 1000 individuals from across the globe every year, the Humanitarian Congress Berlin has created a community with a shared interest in the main challenges confronting humanitarian action.

For information on past events, please click here.

Our Virtual Conference Environment

Whilst we are sad that we won’t see you in Berlin, we are excited to deliver this year’s online event via a virtual environment, including a range of opportunities to directly connect with new people. Further details will be available here in due course.


Within the project “Phase 2 – Leave no one behind!,Handicap International e.V., has supported this event with global guidance on and resources for the accessibility of the event.

The event will have live captions in English in an external browser window. International sign interpretation will be directly integrated into the Hopin platform. (Links on how to access live captions and sign interpretation will be provided in due course.)

We have tried to be mindful of specific requirements. However, please note that the network breaks and the virtual Humanitarian Forum are not supported with live captions and international sign interpretation.

Please let us know if you need any support or assistance, both with regards to the registration process as well as during the event. We strive to make this event as accessible and inclusive as possible. We know that there might be barriers and obstacles that we might not be aware of and we really appreciate your help in letting us know so that we can make your attendance possible.

How can I join?

This year's Humanitarian Congress Berlin is the most equally accessible one yet. Online registration is free and now open.


Missing Maps Mapathon – Putting the World’s Vulnerable People on the Map

Hosted by the German Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
29th October 2020, 19:30 – 21:30 CEST
In order to be able to help people in crisis areas quickly, we depend on high-quality map material. For many of the areas in which we work, this does not exist. It has be produced first. For this we are supported by modern technology - and by thousands of volunteers.

All you need is your laptop, a mouse and the motivation to support the most vulnerable. No prior knowledge is required for mapping.
Register here

Each year, disasters around the world devastate millions of people. Many of the places affected are actually 'missing' from any map. This leads to first responders lacking information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project that you can participate in by mapping areas yourself to help humanitarian organizations meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Mapping these areas will make a lifesaving difference for disaster workers fighting deadly health crises like the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. When Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in March 2019, volunteers worldwide sprang into action to map areas of the concerned communities to support relief efforts on the ground.

Together we will explore remote regions and map villages, roads and other geographical details that are still missing on maps! That way, we can help make an important contribution to the implementation of global humanitarian efforts.

*in German only* Certification for physicians based in Germany / Zertifizierung

Berlin Chamber of Physicians/Berliner Ärztekammer

Die Ärztekammer Berlin hat den Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2020 mit drei Punkten pro Kongresstag zertifiziert.

Wenden Sie sich bitte nach der Kongresswoche mit Ihrer EFN-Nummer an uns ( mit der Bitte um Eintragung ins EIV. Nach Prüfung der Teilnahme stellen wir ggf. eine Teilnahmebescheinigung aus und melden ihre Teilnahme am Kongress.


Registrierung beruflich Pflegender 

Die Registrierung beruflich Pflegender (RbP) hat den Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2020 mit insgesamt 16 Fortbildungspunkten (FBP) zertifiziert (1 Tag 6FBP, 2 Tage 10 FBP, 3 Tage 12 FBP, 4 Tage 14 FBP).

Die Anerkennung erfolgt nach ordnungsgemäßer Anmeldung bei der RbP über das Einreichen der anzufordernden Teilnahmebestätigung. Bitte schreiben Sie nach der Kongresswoche an