The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

March, 2014

The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection and prevention, instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies, and educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders.

HHI's research programs offer new tools and methods directly influencing field operations and humanitarian policy, an endeavor enhanced by the adoption of digital data collection tools and other technologies.

HHI's core research focuses on populations effected by conflict and natural disasters, evaluation of humanitarian action through the development of novel field research methods, and the strategic incorporation of new technologies suited to enhancing research.

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