The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide center involving multiple entities within the Harvard community that provide expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.

The mission of the Initiative is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to:

  • Improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection and prevention;
  • Instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies;
  • Educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders. 




Data-Pop Alliance Launches

Data-Pop Alliance was officially launched on November 17, 2014.

Data-Pop Alliance is a think-tank on Big Data and development co-created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), who joined forces earlier this year to contribute to promoting a people-centered Big Data revolution.

Through research, training, technical assistance, content curation, and convening, Data-Pop Alliance leverages the unique strengths and unusual collaboration of its three parent institutions, partners and affiliates to advance knowledge and innovation, build capacities and networks, and craft ethical and equitable systems in this emerging space to improve policies and empower people. MIT Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland serves as Data-Pop Alliance’s Academic Director.

For more information about the initiative and the event, please visit www.datapopalliance.org.