Livelihood

Livelihood is a concept closely related to “life”, “security” and “protection”. It is not only related to tangible goods, like property, income, assets, and infrastructure, but also to a wide range of basic needs including shelter or home, health and education. Aid providers engage in a range of livelihood “activities”, “assistance”, “support”, “programmes”, “projects”, or …

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Relaunch of centre with new vision & name: Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

We are proud to announce that from today we become the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, formally known as CERAH, the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. We are a joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, and our mission is to contribute to …

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Care

Of the COVID-19 concepts selected for analysis, “care” is the most frequently appearing in our document collection, with around 20,000 occurrences. “Health care” accounts for two thirds of these occurrences, making it the most frequent and most typical use of the term “care” by humanitarians. Many of the terms associated with care are related to …

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Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is universally referred to as a crisis. “Crisis”, specifically “humanitarian crisis”, is a fundamental concept for humanitarian actors. Not all disasters are crises, but when response and coping capacities are surpassed, they can lead to crises or themselves be defined as crises. For the time period 2005-2018, which is the period covered …

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What do humanitarians mean by “epidemic”?

The global COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the value of shared understanding for collective response, the negative impact of misinformation and the importance of locally contextualised humanitarian action. As part of the Geneva Centre’s active engagement in the response to COVID-19, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project has prioritised analysis of certain concepts relevant to the crisis and its impact on …

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Epidemic

Key findings Epidemic is commonly used as a synonym of pandemic and outbreak, and in combination with emergency and disaster. Specific disasters associated with epidemic include floods, earthquakes, famine and malnutrition. Top three types of epidemic found in the document collection are cholera, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS. Epidemic occurred most frequently in our document collection in 2008 and 2015.  …

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Concept Paper 2020 on Humanitarian Encyclopedia – Read our latest project vision.

The need for a more collaborative response to humanitarian crises In modern humanitarian crises, a collective response that is timely, adequate and well-coordinated is imperative to be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and complex situations. Today, collaboration between the first responders – including local actors from civil society organisations or public authorities – …

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New Director for CERAH and Humanitarian Encyclopedia project

Geneva, 5 December 2019 – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva welcome Professor Karl Blanchet as the new director of their joint Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH). “Humanitarian challenges are becoming increasingly complex and require more than ever the training and research skills …

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