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Michael VanRooyen Discusses Hurricane Harvey

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. 

Sep 2017
Michael VanRooyen on World Humanitarian Day 2017

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

Sep 2017
Introduction to Socio-Ecological Resilience

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...

Sep 2017
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  • Interview with David Polatty on Military Planning and Risk Management in Humanitarian Response

    David Polatty is civilian faculty at the U.S. Naval War College and is director of the College of Operational & Strategic Leadership's Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program. In this interview he discusses the value of military style planning within humanitarian responses. He...

    Aug 2017
    Book Review: The Power Behind Global Health

    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...

    Aug 2017
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  • The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP)

    The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) works to develop effective response where it is needed most, and aims at a major improvement in the way countries cope with populations caught up in a disaster or conflict. DEPP collaborative approaches improve the quality and...

    Jul 2017
    Practitioner Pathways: Establishing a Career in the Humanitarian Sector

    Despite the significant growth of the humanitarian sector in recent years - now employing over 250,000 professionals - practitioners often express...

    Jul 2017
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  • Interview with Julia Brooks on the Growing Challenge of Attacks Against Aid Workers

    Julia Brooks MALD, Legal Research Associate at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative discusses key points related to the growing challenge of attacks against aid workers in the humanitarian sector.

    Jul 2017
    Beyond the Protective Effect: Towards a Theory of Harm for Information Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocity Response

    Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now being employed as a standard part of mass atrocity response, evidence collection, and research by non-governmental organizations, governments, and the private sector. Deployment of these tools and techniques occur for a variety of...

    Jun 2017
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  • "Serious" Games: Innovative Learning in the Humanitarian Sector

    Games, simulations, and role-playing exercises have become an important component of capacity building endeavors across the humanitarian sector. Additionally—as reflected in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC’s) work with video game developers to ensure that certain violent...

    Jun 2017
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  • Interview with Gilbert Burnham on Humanitarian Measurement and Evaluation in the Field

    Dr. Gilbert Burnham MD, Phd, Department of International Health John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discusses key points related to M&E in the field and it's applicability to leadership and decision making in the humanitarian sector.

    Jun 2017
    SDG Studio Geneva - SDG 17 - Anwar Mahfoudh

    Anwar Mahfoudh from KoBo Toolbox in the SDG Studio Geneva talks about SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

    May 2017
    Famine and Conflict: The Unfolding Food Security Crisis

    Humanitarian agencies project that more than 20 million people are at risk of severe food insecurity, starvation, and famine this summer in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeastern Nigeria. Common to all these contexts is the onset and prevalence of armed conflict. Furthermore, WFP has...

    May 2017
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  • Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: Duty of Care and Sexual Violence

    How much responsibility do humanitarian organizations have to protect the staff they send into the field? Due to the often austere, volatile, or insecure nature of humanitarian response settings, aid workers have long recognized the inherent personal and organizational risks of...

    Apr 2017
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  • Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: On Speaking Out

    Deliberate violence against humanitarian practitioners and operations poses an increasingly critical challenge to the humanitarian sector as humanitarian needs continue to grow in many regions of the world. While maintaining access to populations in need, engaging with communities, and...

    Mar 2017
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Humanitarian sector improvements

    Building a Better Response: Field Perspectives is a video interview series highlighting the views of various humanitarian practitioners on the current and future state of humanitarian system. The content featured does not reflect the opinions of the Building a Better Response project or...

    Mar 2017
    Program on Humanitarian Leadership - Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino

    Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, Director of HHI's Program on Resilient Communities, discusses the Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL).

    Mar 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives | Challenges with coordination mechanisms

    Building a Better Response: Field Perspectives is a video interview series highlighting the views of various humanitarian practitioners on the current and future state of humanitarian system. The content featured does not reflect the opinions of the Building a Better Response project or...

    Mar 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    Building a Better Response: Field Perspectives is a video interview series highlighting the views of various humanitarian practitioners on the current and future state of humanitarian system.

    Dr. Hariri holds a Doctorate of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University, and a Master...

    Feb 2017
    Pursuing Accountability in Syria

    After over five years of war in Syria, civilians have not only been frequently caught in the crossfire, but have been intentionally targeted. According to an array of sources, homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural heritage have been destroyed - in particular...

    Feb 2017
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  • Digital Data Collection: A KoBoToolbox Use Case with Jake Weisenthal

    Jake Weisenthal, Country Director, Semilla Nueva offered HHI an interview to share the challenges and benefits associated with transitioning to digital data collection in rural Guatemala. Interview filmed and produced by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 2016.

    Feb 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives (Arabic) | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    العمل مع المنظمات غير الحكومية والمهنيين المحليين في حلب الشرقية

    إن الدكتور حريري حاصل على درجة الدكتوراه في الطب من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب، ودرجة الماجستير في الجراحة العامة من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب.

    Feb 2017
    Humanitarian Negotiation Series: The Role of Laws and Norms

    What role do humanitarian law and norms play in humanitarian negotiations? Practitioners have diverse array of views: some field workers perceive that the law holds a high level of practical utility in their negotiations, while others have found it to be irrelevant to their work. Indeed,...

    Jan 2017
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  • The Signal Code: A Human Rights Approach to Information During Crisis

    Visit the Signal Code Minisite

    The Signal Code is the result of a six month study by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to...

    Jan 2017
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  • Negotiation with Non-State Armed Groups at the Frontlines

    In many of today’s frontline humanitarian environments, access is increasingly difficult to obtain and maintain, and continued engagement with non-state armed actors is an integral aspect of ensuring assistance and protection activities and advocating for compliance with international legal...

    Dec 2016
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