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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars at the World Humanitarian Summit

20 June 2016

Professor Bertrand Taithe (HCRI Executive Director) and Professor Mukesh Kapila (Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs), along with 50 other scholars, signed a Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held in Istanbul on 22 and 23 May 2016.

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Aimed at recognising the role scholars play in responses to humanitarian crises, the statement will form part of the final report from the WHS.

The scholars agreed to the following six commitments:

  1. To make humanitarian research more collaborative and inclusive
  2. To research the impacts of the WHS - both positive and negative - on those affected by humanitarian emergencies and the future of humanitarian action
  3. To further develop and adopt evidence-based approaches relevant to humanitarian research
  4. To localise humanitarian research and education within the regions and communities affected by emergencies by recognising, establishing, supporting and collaborating with research and educational institutions in crisis-affected areas
  5. To improve the impact and increase the use of humanitarian research by encouraging and supporting trans-disciplinary research that collaborates with non-traditional knowledge actors
  6. To protect academic freedom, uphold scientific ethics, and be accountable for the research we do, how it is undertaken, and how it is used

Read the full statement on the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) website:

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