COVID-19 Priority Concepts

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 team has prioritised analysis of concepts relevant to the crisis and its impact on humanitarian situations. By analysing key humanitarian concepts, such as ‘epidemic’, ‘crisis’ and ‘care’, we aim to support global and local humanitarian actors to speak a clear, common language, share knowledge as a public good, and foster the co-production of new knowledge to guide humanitarian response.

Feedback on this pilot analysis will inform the delivery full concept entries for the Humanitarian Enyclopedia’s 129 concepts.

17 concepts have been selected for analysis over the next few weeks, and the first to be analysed are ‘epidemic’ ‘crisis’ and ‘care’. 

  • care
  • communication
  • community engagement
  • crisis
  • emergency
  • sanitation
  • solidarity
  • contingency planning
  • evidence
  • psychosocial support
  • vulnerability

Using data visualisation and infographics we show when, where, how and by whom this concept is used in our collection of humanitarian documents, and explain similarities and differences in usage, meaning and contexts.

We have accelerated our analysis of these concepts to provide a unique and useful resource for humanitarian responders to COVID-19 as they seek to build a common understanding in a dynamic environment.

We welcome you to visit the site and provide your feedback on the project.