The Humanitarian Encyclopedia realized a first assessment with 14 humanitarian organizations, members of the Coalition des ONG africaines (CoAN) in Chad (November 22-25 2017).

Representatives from Chad, DRC, RCA, Cameroon, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon shared their perspectives on the relevancy of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia, their needs in terms of related products and their capacities to share organizational knowledge internationally. They also reflected on their practices regarding their current use of existing resources within the sector, their digital user experience as well as social media practices.

In individual interviews, three main concepts were highlighted as particularly salient and challenging for their practices: “Stateless”, “Resilience” and the concept of “Vulnerable groups”

The CoAN, is a key partner of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia and will welcome several workshops in 2018 to participate in the selection of concepts determining the structure of the Encyclopedia and explore how African NGOs wish to contribute to and benefit from this endeavor.

Abdel Hakim Tahir ADES2

Abdel Hakim Tahir, ADES director, CoHA’s coordinator