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 Initiative Launches

Data-Pop (short for 'Big Data & People Project') is a 'think-&-do' global alliance on Big Data and development jointly created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab, and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), joined and supported by a myriad of institutional and individual partners active in a wide range of fields. 

Data-Pop's mission statement and raison d'être is to promote a humanistic, people-centered ‘Big Data revolution’: one that fosters human development and social progress through the ethical use of personal data and empowerment of the poor and most vulnerable and avoids the pitfalls of a new digital divide, de-humanization and de-democratization.

Information on the Launch of Data-Pop can be found here.