CERAH's mission is to provide a research platform for researchers from various faculties of the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute (IHEID) and humanitarian organisations.
The objective is to encourage a critical assessment of humanitarian practice in order to improve interventions.
As humanitarian action is essentially multidisciplinary, CERAH's research is too. Research activities are being developed in three main areas :
- Multidisciplinary research programmes examining various aspects of the humanitarian enterprise
- Research on particular humanitarian interventions with interested partners
- Studies and analyses for humanitarian organisations responding to their specific needs
CERAH's flagship research project, the Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Actio offers a conceptual framework for humanitarian action, and provides a dynamic platform for national and international practitioners, community leaders, policy makers and academics to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice for the 21st century.
By supporting a wide range of stakeholders and leveraging partnerships, the project will:
- contribute to improve the quality of humanitarian policies and operational responses;
- inspire innovation by strengthening the knowledge-policy interface and engaging academics;
- foster change in ways of working with national actors; and
- empower a broader, more informed and more cohesive humanitarian movement.
Learn more about the Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Action