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Signal Code: Ethical Obligations for Humanitarian Information Activities

Humanitarians today lack sufficient ethical guidance adapted to the realities of humanitarianism in the information age to responsibly navigate the challenges and realities of the digital age.

The Signal Code: Ethical Obligations for Humanitarian Information Activities translates and...

May 2018
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  • Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece

    The report, Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece, is the result of 2017 field research by Data & Society, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, and Centre for...

    Apr 2018
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  • Engaging with People Affected by Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence: Recommendations for Humanitarian Organizations and Donors in the Digital Era

    ICRC & the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) launch a joint discussion paper that provides recommendations for humanitarian organisations and donors in today's digital era.

    Based on a review of the relevant literature and interviews with representatives of...

    Mar 2018
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  • Investigating Gender Based Insecurity & Mobility: Addis Ababa Country Report

    This study of gender based insecurity in Addis Ababa found that women and girls are vulnerable in public and private spaces at any time to assault and harassment, though they are at greater risk for physical violence, including rape, at night. They sacrifice time, money, education, socializing,...

    Mar 2018
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  • Investigating Gender Based Insecurity & Mobility: Multi-City Report

    Rapid urbanization is the most significant demographic shift taking place. By the year 2050, it is predicted that 70% of the world population will be urban. The urban poor live in a state of chronic crisis and reside in extremely dense informal settlements without basic infrastructure or...

    Mar 2018
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  • HHI Annual Report 2017

    The HHI 2017 Annual Report provides a look into the research and educational activities of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. 

    At a time of deepening challenges nationally, globally, and especially in the humanitarian sector, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is uniquely...

    Mar 2018
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  • Human Rights and Mixed Methods

    Research in the field of human rights can have many goals. Among others, it serves to uncover and document evidence of crimes, seeks to tell the stories of victims and survivors, and strives to inform and influence policies and strategies to deal with human rights violations. Most commonly, it...

    Feb 2018
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  • Making sense of child, early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee girls: a mixed methods study in Lebanon

    The Syrian conflict has resulted in over 2.3 million child refugees in the Middle East and the prevalence of early marriage has reportedly increased among displaced Syrian families. This study explores the underlying factors contributing to child marriage among Syrian refugees in Lebanon...

    Jan 2018
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  • Enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of Food Security Cluster Coordination

    The course is aimed at providing basic knowledge about the role and functions of the Food Security Cluster, both at global and national level. It is also aimed at building basic Cluster Coordination competencies and providing tools for efficient Food Security Cluster Coordination....

    Nov 2017 Link
    The association between social cohesion and community resilience in two urban slums of Port au Prince, Haiti

    Multiple recent global agendas have advanced the case for resilience to underpin humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction. These agendas have been incorporated into multiple efforts but evidence to guide action has lagged behind. This study examines a specific link, often cited...

    Oct 2017
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  • HarvardX Course: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

    A trailer video for the course can be found here. 

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for...

    Oct 2017 Link
    Discussion Informed by Recurrent Lessons from a Systematic Review on Targeting Practices in Urban Humanitarian Crises

    Introduction: Urbanization has challenged many humanitarian practices given the complexity of cities. Urban humanitarian crises have similarly made identifying vulnerable populations difficult. As humanitarians respond to cities with chronic deficiencies in basic needs stressed by a crisis,...

    Oct 2017
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  • How the Networked Age is Changing Humanitarian Disasters

    Information communication technologies and the data they produce are transforming how natural and manmade disasters alike unfold. These technologies are also affecting how populations behave and organizations respond when these events occur. In this talk, Nathaniel Raymond — founding...

    Oct 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...

    Oct 2017
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  • Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

    Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have collectively absorbed approximately 5 million registered refugees--not counting the untold numbers who remain unregistered. As their displacement becomes increasingly protracted and...

    Oct 2017
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  • Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age

    Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age. Panel 1: Humanitarian Threats in the Age of Cyberwar, part of our #SwissTouch...

    Oct 2017
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  • The Humanitarian as Negotiator: Developing Capacity Across the Sector

    This paper examines the dynamics at play in ongoing efforts to cultivate negotiation capacity among professionals working in the humanitarian sector. Based on extensive interviews conducted with humanitarian practitioners, this paper addresses three overarching issues. The first is...

    Sep 2017
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  • Yemen’s Cholera Crisis: Fighting Disease During Armed Conflict

    Yemen currently faces the “world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” according to a joint statement issued by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in July 2017. As of August, the WHO reported that over 500,...

    Sep 2017
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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
    A Rights-based Approach to Information in Humanitarian Assistance

    Crisis-affected populations and humanitarian aid providers are both becoming increasingly reliant on information and communications technology (ICTs) for finding and provisioning aid. This is exposing critical, unaddressed gaps in the legal and ethical frameworks that traditionally defined...

    Sep 2017
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  • 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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  • Practitioner Profiles | Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez

    In this episode, Meredith Blake speaks with Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez about their time working for the Elpida Home for Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Sawsan has 12 years of experience working in the development sector with a focus on gender issues and the Syrian refugee...

    Sep 2017
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  • 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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  • 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

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