What is our mission?

We promote the development and enhancement of humanitarian action through informed discussions, critical analysis, and collaboration among diverse stakeholders.


We aim to unite people from different backgrounds to learn from each other and spark critical debates.



We believe exchange is essential to develop ideas, adapt to changing methods of exchange, and engage participants.



Our platform seeks to provide a space for thought-provoking discussions that shed light on important topics without boundaries, but with necessary rules for a safe environment.

HCB 2020

Due to the global Covid19 outbreak, we took a bold step and launched our first-ever virtual event. The programme revolved around the theme “Exposing Power & Privilege in Times of Crisis”. The congress addressed power imbalances in the humanitarian sector and the impact of social inequalities on the global response to crises.

HCB 2019

A Perfect Storm: Humanitarian Impacts of Climate Change, 17-18 Oct 2019  The Humanitarian Congress Berlin agenda in 2019 revolved around the humanitarian impacts of climate change. Climate change is not an abstract threat. The impacts are visible throughout Read more…

HCB 2021

Aspiring towards global justice – a humanitarian imperative?, 18-21 Oct 2021 Last year’s experience has shown that the virtual format allows us to reach even more people, thereby making the congress more inclusive and accessible. Read more…

Feminist Humanitarian Action

This year’s topic 2022 Feminist Humanitarian Action: From Affirmation to Transformation In recent years, the Humanitarian Congress has taken up major and controversial issues; critically addressing the causes and consequences of the climate crises, racism, Read more…

About the Humanitarian Congress Berlin

For more than 20 years, while gathering each year over 1000 individuals, the Humanitarian Congress Berlin has been debating, analysing, evaluating and developing the theory and practice of humanitarian action.

Agenda HCBerlin 2022

Feminist Humanitarian Action: From Affirmation to Transformation On behalf of Médecins Du Monde, the German Red Cross, the Berlin Chamber of Physicians and Médecins Sans Frontières, we invite you to this year’s Humanitarian Congress Berlin: Read more…

Last year’s Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2022
11-13 October

Feminist Humanitarian Action: From Affirmation to Transformation

It is essential that feminist perspectives are used to analyse and challenge global inequalities and power structures, and to rethink the humanitarian action. Therefore, at this year’s Humanitarian Congress, we will discuss strategies and best practices for sexual and reproductive health and rights in crisis preparedness and response.

We will address the impact of humanitarian crises on LGBTQI+  persons, their marginalized (in)visibility in the humanitarian system and their limited access to health services. Moreover, we will discuss changes and steps necessary from feminist perspectives to achieve climate justice in humanitarian contexts.

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