Humanitarianism At Harvard
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Working Paper Series
The purpose of the HHI working paper series is to disseminate preliminary research results, conference proceedings, and best practice guidelines in the areas where HHI has major programs. This quarterly series provides a forum for HHI faculty and fellows to share their research findings with the humanitarian community and to solicit substantive feedback prior to submission of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
Student Working Paper Series
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, through the Cogan Family Fund for Humanitarian Studies, sponsored a multi-disciplinary group of Harvard graduate students to conduct a comprehensive population-based health needs assessment of Idjwi island. Idjwi is located in Lake Kivu and presents a unique research environment due to its close proximity to both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, countries with complex histories of genocide and prolonged conflict. Following standard practices for survey design and implementation, the students surveyed the health of 2,100 households in 50 enumeration areas distributed at random throughout populated areas. Students from the group present the key findings.