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Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies: Research network on humanitarian efforts

Alternative title: Norsk senter for humanitære studier: Forskningsnettverk om humanitært arbeid

Awarded: NOK 7.0 mill.

There is a recognized need to understand and clarify the role of humanitarian aid as part of broader international efforts to address global challenges, such as those identified in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in particular. In light of increased demands for humanitarian assistance around the globe, the humanitarian system is undergoing profound changes, including the role of new donors, new actors, innovation and new technology, as well as direct political and security challenges to the delivery of humanitarian aid. To face the challenges these changes raise, while at the same time identifying how humanitarian aid can be delivered to affected populations, there is a need to connect existing knowledge and research, and create a network and platform for exchange among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the public. The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), based on its established cooperation among Norwegian research environments, public agencies, humanitarian organisations and key international contacts, began the establishment of such a network in 2019 for exchange of information and knowledge, and thereby enhance the quality of research and policy in addressing the current challenges in the humanitarian sector. The network facilitates collaboration among research projects associated with the network and support their policy and dissemination activities. It develops new arenas of information exchange and dialogue, among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the public at-large. This is done through an active website serving as a resource hub on ongoing research in the field (www.humanitarianstudies.no), which has been fully redesigned in 2021, an innovative seminar series designed around different forms of research dissemination and input from policy makers and practitioners, and annual network conferences and meetings. The network has through its seminars and meetings in its three first years highlighted topics such as humanitarian negotiations, how humanitarian policies are made, education in humanitarian crises, resettlement of refugees as humanitarian protection, humanitarian consequences of climate change, the relationship between peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts (in collaboration with the EPON network), the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on humanitarian action, attacks on healthcare in conflicts, conflict-related sexual violence as a humanitarian concern and humanitarian consequences of urban warfare, as well as put the spotlight on the situation in Yemen, the displacement from Venezuela and in the neighboring countries, refugee protection in the Middle East, Libya and across the Mediterranean, as well as the unfolding situation in Syria. The network also aims to support the development of new research projects in these areas, through the meeting places that the seminars and network meetings create, and through a dedicated seed funding mechanism for initiatives to gather researchers around specific themes in smaller workshop settings. In 2020 and 2021, as physical meetings have been restrained in the context of the pandemic, the NCHS Research network has adapted to find alternative modes for both dissemination and meeting places: through the organization of webinars (including with international participants across several continents), regularly sharing written output with users, and online network meetings.

There is a recognized need to understand and clarify the role of humanitarian aid as part of broader international efforts to address global challenges, such as those identified in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in particular. In light of increased demands for humanitarian assistance around the globe, the humanitarian system is undergoing profound changes, including the role of new donors, new actors, innovation and new technology, as well as direct political and security challenges to the delivery of humanitarian aid. To face the challenges these changes raise, while at the same time identifying how humanitarian aid can be delivered to affected populations, there is a need to connect existing knowledge and research, and create a network and platform for exchange among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the public. The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), based on its established cooperation among Norwegian research environments, public agencies, humanitarian organisations and key international contacts, is establishing a network for such exchange of information and knowledge, and thereby enhance the quality of research and policy in addressing the current challenges in the humanitarian sector. The network facilitates collaboration among research projects associated with the network and support their policy and dissemination activities. Furthermore, the network will develop new arenas of information exchange and dialogue, among researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the public at-large. This is done through an active website serving as a resource hub on ongoing research in the field, the introduction of an infrastructure for virtual collaboration among the network partners, an innovative seminar series designed around different forms of research dissemination and input from policy makers and practitioners, and annual network conferences and meetings.

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NORGLOBAL2-Norge - global partner