Who we are

We live in a world in which humanitarian needs are not met. Overall humanitarian performance is uneven. And humanitarian quality and effectiveness continue to be aspirational.

Founded in Geneva in 2014, the Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre (HERE) is committed to closing the gap between policy and humanitarian practice. Through our work, we endeavour to understand the steps that need to be taken in order to uphold the rights of crisis-affected people.

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.


  • We know that research and analysis need to be actionable if it is to be applicable to humanitarian settings. Which is why we offer opportunities for mutual learning through policy debates and engagement. Assisted by our long-standing partnerships across the humanitarian system, we convene in-person and virtual round tables, panel discussions, key notes with leading humanitarian thinkers, and workshops to interrogate humanitarian policy positions.

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. HERE is guided by a Board of Trustees which has a wealth of experience across the humanitarian sector and in humanitarian academia.