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2011 Roundtable Executive Summary

On March 23-24, 2011, we held a roundtable discussion, “Earthquake Relief in Haiti: Inter-Organizational Perspectives and Lessons for the Future” at Harvard University. We convened this meeting to provide a forum for discussing successes, challenges, and strategies for improving disaster...

Mar 2011
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  • A Blueprint for the Development of Prevention and Preparedness Indicators for Urban Humanitarian Crises

    As rapid urbanization creates complex environments that concentrate the risks and hazards of man-made and natural disasters, it also presents a vital advantage that must be exploited. Urban humanitarian emergencies by their very nature occur within the geo-political sphere of a governing body,...

    Dec 2011
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  • A combatant of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces
    A migrant family comes ashore in Lesvos, Greece after crossing from Turkey in a small, inflatable dinghy.
    A New Forensics: Developing Standard Remote Sensing Methodologies to Detect and Document Mass Atrocities

    The aim of this article is to highlight potential methods applicable to a standard forensic approach for the analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery that may contain evidence of alleged mass atrocities. The primary method employed is the retrospective analysis of a case study involving the...

    Nov 2014
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  • A Patient Heart: Stigma, Acceptance and rejection around Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    This report identifies factors – societal, financial and health-related – that influence men’s behaviors towards survivors of sexual violence and the barriers towards acceptance and reintegration of survivors into their families and communities after rape. This investigation, through...

    Apr 2011
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  • A quick tour of KoBoToolbox

    KoBoToolbox is a free and open source platform to collect data, developed by field researchers, evaluators and humanitarians, with the support of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, UNOCHA, the MacArthur foundation and other generous donors.

    KoBoToolbox was designed to...

    May 2016
    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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  • A Tale of Two Conflicts: an Unexpected Reading of Sexual Violence in Conflict through the Cases of Colombia and Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘DRC’) has been called “the rape capital of the world” while Colombia was known in the late 1990s as “the murder capital of the world”. What do these capitals of crime have in common? Both countries have been plagued by conflict-related violence, including...

    Apr 2012
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  • Abducted: The Lord's Resistance Army and Forced Conscription in Northern Uganda

    Since the late 1980s, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a spiritualist rebel group with no clear political agenda, has abducted tens of thousands of children and adults to serve as porters and soldiers. In the early 1990s, children who escaped from the LRA or were captured by Ugandan...

    Jun 2007
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  • About Us

    HHI has 36 faculty collaborators, 16 fellows, and a network of undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in research and policy development in the humanitarian arena.

    Abyei Incursion: Evidence of Northern-Aligned Forces Deployed to Abyei Region, Sudan

    According to media reports released on 20 March 2011, Sudan's federal Ministry of the Interior recently deployed approximately 1,500 northern police to the environs of Bongo, Diffra, and Goli in northern Abyei, Sudan. Northern representatives, including the spokesman of the Sudan Armed...

    Mar 2011
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  • Abyei Invasion: Evidence of SAF Incursion Abyei

    Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed through the 
    analysis of DigitalGlobe imagery that the southern-aligned 
    base at Todach has been recently razed; evidence consistent with an attack on that location by armored vehicles is visible. The...

    May 2011
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  • Adam Levine
    Adele Waugaman
    Adrienne Fricke

    Adrienne L. Fricke is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative where she is studying policy initiatives to improve access to healthcare for Syrian refugees, and a consultant specializing in human rights and refugee-related issues in the Middle East and Africa. Since 2007, she has...

    Affiliated Programs

    HHI faculty, fellows, and students serve as a resource for technical, research, and training assistance to many humanitarian agencies, international institutions, and educational organizations. Below is a partial list of collaborators, past and present.

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    Afghan Legal Reform: Challenges and Opportunities

    The purpose of this brief is to summarize a series of observations on the current status of legal reform in Afghanistan gathered during a research mission undertaken by the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) in November 2002, identify a key set of challenges to...

    Jan 2003
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  • Afghanistan: A New Era of Humanitarian Assistance

    Undoubtedly, Afghanistan represents one of the most complex and difficult environments in which humanitarian agencies could operate. Working amidst ongoing military operations, continuous insecurity, and the massive displacement of populations, humanitarian agencies also have to cope with a...

    Mar 2002
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  • After the First Trial: A Population-Based Survey on Knowledge and Perception of Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

    On July 26, 2010, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, was convicted of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions for events that took place three decades earlier under the Khmer Rouge regime. Following this important milestone for the Extraordinary Chambers in the...

    Jun 2011
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  • Aleppo
    Alex Dorey
    Alexa Walls

    Alexa Walls manages the “Building a Better Response (BBR): Strengthening Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Capacity and Engagement in the International Humanitarian Architecture” project.  Funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, BBR aims to build the capacity of NGO...

    Alexandros Lordos

    Dr. Alexandros Lordos holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cyprus.

    Alexandros Lordos is Research Director of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). In this capacity, he has led the development of the...

    Ali Ardalan

    Ali Ardalan MD, PhD, is a pioneer in disaster risk management (DRM) in Iran and the MENA region who was the driving force behind the creation of MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies. He is an Adviser to Deputy Minister of Health, and founder and Director of DRM Office at I.R....

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