Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research

The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) is a research and policy program devoted to conducting research on — and offering practical solutions for — professional and policy dilemmas facing the humanitarian sector. The Program was established in August 2000 as a collaborative effort of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Specific activities of HPCR include producing research outputs that apply scientific analysis to policy oriented research, devising high-level trainings for humanitarian practitioners, and publishing methodological tools for use during humanitarian field operations. 

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HPCR Projects

Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Project

The monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) project is a multi-annual research and policy project geared toward producing research, capacity building measures, and practical methodological tools for practitioners engaged in MRF mechanisms. To this end, HPCR has engineered the HPCR Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-finding, a collective of high-level MRF practitioners that has collaborated with HPCR in producing the HPCR Advanced Practitioner's Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry.

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Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) seeks to build operational capacity, to facilitate learning across organizations in the humanitarian sector, and to mobilize change through a community of practice. ATHA’s unique set of online and in-person learning tools, trainings, and engagement with the professional community support the expansion and deepening of key legal and policy exchanges within and across agencies in order to create a dynamic and creative space for learning and innovation.

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Claude Bruderlein Licence es droit, LLM
Program Manager, Institutional Partnerships for Learning and Development | Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action

Principle Investigator: Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH