The Humanitarian Encyclopedia project is being developed at a time when practitioners are called upon to increase local ownership of humanitarian programmes. Particularly after the Grand Bargain of 2016 – an outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit – key concepts must be contextualized and adapted to the local realities of crisis-affected communities.This presupposes that local practitioners are able to grasp how and why concepts central to humanitarian practice are divergently used and defined.
The project, therefore, is being informed by the views and experiences of a wide range of humanitarian practitioners. A consultative process was lead in 2018 through regional workshops and an online survey to elicit the opinions of a large number of humanitarian actors on key concepts used in their daily practice and to assess their needs for a better understanding of these concepts. The results have laid a solid foundation for the further development of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.