In many of today’s frontline humanitarian environments, access is increasingly difficult to obtain and maintain, and continued engagement with non...
Senior HHI Fellow
Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Anne Bennett is the Executive Director of Hirondelle USA, a non-profit organization that supports local news and information in countries emerging from conflict or faced with humanitarian crises. Bennett has worked in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan with Foundation Hirondelle, creating and managing independent, public interest radio stations. She has also served as a Consultant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Office in Geneva from 2001 to 2006. She is a founding Board Member of Media Matters for Women, a media start up using Bluetooth to engage and inform women in West Africa. She graduated from University of California with a degree in History and holds a Masters in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva. As Senior Fellow at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Bennett is examining the role of local journalists as “first responders” in humanitarian crisis, and how credibility and proximity can affect successful outcomes.