CERAH and its partners gather in Geneva from June 13 to 15



Three days of meetings mark the entry into the launch phase of the Encyclopedia project


The Humanitarian Encyclopedia is a collaborative project responding to the documented need to interrogate how humanitarian concepts are used accross time and cultures, to support the reflective involvement of an expanding range of stakeholders and to build on the most relevant experiences in local and regional contexts.

After a dynamic preparation period and incubation stage, the foundations are laid and the Humanitarian Encyclopedia is ready to be launched.

contextualizeCERAH and its partners (academics, humanitarian organizations and related networks) will gather in Geneva from June 13 to 15, 2017, to mark the entry into the project’s launch phase with three days of working groups.

The first meeting of the Advisory Board will bring together stakeholders representing a variety of humanitarian organizations and humanitarian support groups. During co-creative workshops participants will generate a collective dynamic around the project and select and prioritize the first concepts to be included in the Encyclopedia based on the quantitative analysis of most frequent terms in strategic humanitarian documents.

Members of the Scientific Committee will stimulate the collective ownership of the project through discussing and refining the proposed research approach and analysing the implications of the research methodology for expert-authors.

A formal reception hosted by the Mayor of Geneva Rémy Pagani – at Palais Eynard on Tuesday, June 13, at 18:30 – followed by a welcome address by the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations Valentin Zellweger, will underline, more than just symbolically, the importance of this project for International Geneva.    


A project with numerous beneficiaries all around the world

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia will benefit a wide community of stakeholders, e.g. humanitarian organizations, politicians, donors, researchers/academics and affected populations. This project has the potential to support the necessary evolution of the humanitarian sector towards a better implication of local and regional actors, thus improving the capacity and performance of the humanitarian system. “We will stimulate exchange, dispel myths, bring further clarity, prompt reflections, allow the sharing of experiences to generate “lessons learned” across organizations and disciplines, inspire co-creation, and ultimately guide and empower a broad community of humanitarian stakeholders to be more responsive to the challenges of our century,” highlights Prof Doris Schopper, CERAH Director.

Read more about the project on our website.