What We Do

Humanitarian Academy

HHI produces a variety of online and in-person trainings designed to prepare students, practitioners and emerging leaders to succeed in the humanitarian field. Our Professional Education programs train emerging leaders, executives, and practitioners on best practices to maximize impact in their humanitarian work. Our Online Education provides practioners and students with free online courses on the fundamentals of humanitarian response. Our Harvard Education aims to prepare Harvard Graduate and Undergraduate students to enter humanitarian careers.

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Research and Translation

In our research, HHI programs explore topics critical to communities affected by crises, such as disaster preparedness, risk resilience, humanitarian negotiation, gender-based violence, program evaluation, and the ethical use of data in humanitarian settings. HHI has been particularly active in identifying and developing emerging trends and themes in the sector: the humanitarian triple nexus, the localization of aid, the proliferation of digital technologies, and the negotiation and leaderships skills necessary to manage complex emergencies.

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HHI Scholars at Risk

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is honored to collaborate with the Harvard SAR Program to host scholars who pursue scholarly activities in the humanitarian field and whose research focuses in areas relevant to HHI’s strategic priorities. 

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