HERE’s mission is to contribute to improving collective performance and the effectiveness of humanitarian action. We produce independent research, analysis, and advice in the form of policy reviews, evaluations, and studies – both that which is conducted as part of our own research agenda, and that which is commissioned by others.

To ensure our work remains relevant to those operating in humanitarian environments, we continuously engage with governments, the UN and other international agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, NGOs, and other humanitarian actors.

The HERE team comprises of experienced humanitarian professionals with proven track records in humanitarian policymaking and the evaluation of humanitarian activities. Our researchers are well-versed in a wide variety of data collection and analysis methods, both at desk and field levels, and have published extensively in the humanitarian and development sectors. Areas of specialism include but are not limited to humanitarian ethics, coordination, protection, forced displacement, and the humanitarian-development nexus.We carry out two sets of research:

Self-initiated projects

These projects are based in our own observations and assessments of the gaps between policy and practice. They are covered by funds from donors, and we carry them out independently.

Commissioned pieces of work

We are happy to consider pieces of work that partners would like to commission to us, that fit with our agenda, and our core research expertise.