CERAH, a leading role
The Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), Geneva’s academic platform for humanitarian action, has a leading role in the Encyclopedia project. CERAH is a partner of choice for a collaborative project aiming to deliver an interdisciplinary, intercultural, multi-sectoral and multi-thematic approach to analysing complexity in – and of – humanitarian action and the humanitarian ecosystem.
CERAH is constituted as a joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). It is the fruit of a gradual and collective effort of the past 19 years bringing together a multitude of academic and humanitarian actors in order to offer a wide range of postgraduate qualifications for humanitarian professionals, to develop a research portfolio in humanitarian studies and to strengthen reflection in humanitarian action.
CERAH has a long established partnership approach. It has strategic partnerships with the ICRC, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and it regularly partners on projects with Handicap International, Terre des Hommes, the Sphere project, Groupe URD, CHS Alliance, ACAPS, Conflict Dynamics, IFRC, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNDP, and WHO among others.
CERAH is in a position to leverage its physical proximity to many humanitarian institutions based in Geneva and its international network of humanitarian professionals. The Centre also has close ties to researchers in academic institutions internationally. Furthermore, with collaborative work at the heart of its approach, CERAH initiated a process to broaden its partnership base of humanitarian organizations, to include a richer multicultural perspective including extensive participation of civil society organizations in the global South engaged in humanitarian action. Similarly, CERAH is ready to establish further collaborations with academic institutions globally, including in the global South. These will contribute to every phase of the project.
CERAH is therefore a partner of choice for a collaborative project aiming to deliver an interdisciplinary, intercultural, multi-sectoral and multi-thematic approach to analysing complexity in – and of – humanitarian action and the humanitarian ecosystem.
The preparatory phase of this project has been generously supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diversification of funding is under way to support the next phases of this ambitious project and to ensure its sustainability over the long-term.