Two main governing bodies

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia has two main governance bodies: the Advisory Board and the Scientific Committee.
Both bodies play a key role in orienting, discussing, nourishing, challenging and disseminating the research results.

The Advisory Board is currently composed of 20  representatives from 13 operational organisations and 7 humanitarian support groups. Members come from  all regions of the world covering a wide range of expertise relevant to humanitarian action.

The Advisory Board’s role is to:

  • Critically examine the development of the project
  • Provide strategic direction
  • Offer advice and provide input at specific stages of the process (e.g. final selection of concepts, usefulness of various products)
  • Support outreach activites
  • Develop new ideas for future activities

 

The Scientific Committee is composed of 22 academic leaders from research centres and academic institutions from around the world, who have an in-depth understanding of humanitarian action and come from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds. This diversity ensures gender, cultural as well as generational balance among participants.

The Scientific Committee’s role is to:

  • Validate the annual research agenda
  • Guarantee a sound research methodology and ensure quality
  • Ensure that research ethical guidelines are respected
  • Oversee the editorial process and participate in reviews as members of editorial committees
  • Identify and validate authors

 

Advisory Board

In order to guide the project development, an Advisory Board has been established including representatives from operational organizations and organizations supporting the reflection on, and the quality process of the humanitarian sector. Members come from different parts of the World (Asia, Africa, MENA and Europe) and a wide range of humanitarian organizations with a diversity of approaches (providing direct assistance and/or protection activities, strengthening local, national or international stakeholders, evaluating, researching and/or counseling humanitarian stakeholders).

Scientific Committee

Next to the Advisory Board, the Scientific Committee includes 22 academic leaders from research centres and academic institutions, who have an in-depth understanding of humanitarian action and come from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
The Scientific Committee has the overall responsibility for the research process and will guarantee the scientific legitimacy and soundness of the Encyclopedia. Members are expected to contribute to the selection and analysis of concepts, as well as to the peer reviews of the research methodology and findings.