The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to support organizations responding to conflict and disaster globally. We recognize that due to the recent devastation brought on by hurricanes, earthquakes and ongoing conflicts around the world it is difficult to know how best to help those in need.  

In recent years, the notion of resilience has grown into an important concept for both scholars and practitioners working on disasters. This evolution reflects a growing interest from diverse disciplines in a holistic understanding of complex systems, including how societies interact with their environment.

HHI Director Michael VanRooyen shares his thoughts on World Humanitarian Day 2017.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen discusses the impact of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017. Dr. VanRooyen goes on to suggest ways to contribute to the relief effort. 

Doctoral student Summer Marion recently published “The Power Behind Global Health,” a review of Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar’s recent book, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World, and Why? The review was co-authored with Michael R.

Despite the significant growth of the humanitarian sector in recent years - now employing over 250,000 professionals - practitioners often express concerns over the lack of clarity, predictability or support in establishing and maintaining a humanitarian

Games, simulations, and role-playing exercises have become an important component of capacity building endeavors across the humanitarian sector.