Work in progress – Self-initiated projects

The global reach of COVID-19 impacts humanitarian action worldwide and forced us to review our research agenda for the year 2020 and beyond.
HERE is what we are currently up to:

Beyond the pandemic

Period: September 2020 – March 2021

The purpose of the project is to capture evidence and provide insights around the change the COVID19 pandemic is anecdotally forcing on the humanitarian sector and the implications for humanitarian organisations. The COVID-19 pandemic may have a lasting impact on humanitarian action overall as organisations may stretch their mandate and/or disregard ethical issues in decision-making that could contribute to expanding the gap between needs and the responses available. The project
aims to be a ‘taking the temperature’ exercise, monitoring the impact of COVID-related trends and developments on humanitarian action and exploring the changes that may be required in the sector.
Making use of research done earlier, HERE will also examine how organisations are leveraging their comparative advantages and organisational strengths at a time when they may see a decline in resources.


Tools for Reality-grounded Action, Commitments, and Knowledge (TRACK)
Part 1 – Commitments on gender-based violence in humanitarian action

Period: June 2020 – June 2021

HERE has conducted a review /mapping of commitments on gender-based violence in humanitarian action:

Background: Part of HERE’s mission is to facilitate a reality check on the relationship between policy and humanitarian practice. Many commitments have been made over the years towards better and more effective humanitarian action. The question is, however, whether these commitments have fulfilled their promise. What is the return on investments in the (sometimes) lengthy and extensive policy development processes that produced these commitments?

Within this project, HERE intends to look at commitments in three specific areas: (1) Protection, specifically with regards to (i) sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and (ii) the use of the (ICRC-led) professional standards; (2) Accountability to affected populations caught in situations of armed conflict; and (3) The humanitarian-development nexus.