MSF, Chad, 2014

The development of regional workshops, in partnership with key humanitarian stakeholders is central to co-creation and contextualization. Five regional workshops are planned for the coming months. They will mainly take place in contexts that are fragile and/or in which humanitarian crises are frequent and recurrent (e.g. Asia, Africa, Middle East). One workshop will take place in Europe, currently affected by migratory crises, with a number of influential actors.

Outcome of each workshop:

At the end of the workshop, the humanitarian stakeholders will

  • feel a sense of ownership of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia and of being part of a community of practice
  • be strengthened in their knowledge of regional humanitarian issues (learning about  the challenges faced by other actors; having a better understanding of the positions of the different actors in the region on the terms and concepts identified as priorities in their regional contexts)
  • have contributed to the design  and the content of various phases of the project

Through the workshop humanitarian stakeholders will be invited to:

  • Present who they are, what they hope to contribute to – and gain from – the Humanitarian Encyclopedia, and what the added value of the encyclopedia could be for their organization (institutional level), for their staff (learning and development level) and for their programs (operational level)
  • Formulate their various levels of involvement in the “HE” project taking into account the possible roles and responsibilities at the regional level
  • Participate in the selection of 100 concepts, contributing to the prioritization of initial entries of the Encyclopedia
  • Identify current challenges in the sector related to the concepts according to the following criteria:

* The most central terms / concepts in their daily work, explaining the reasons behind these choices
* Problematic terms / concepts that have not been pre-identified in the quantitative analysis, specifying the reasons for their importance
* The groups of terms / concepts that emerge from the updated selection
* The terms /concepts in complementarity
* The terms /concepts in tension and / or contradiction

  • Initiate the analysis and exemplify the institutional and operational stakes attached to the selected terms / concepts
  • Co-construct the corpus of reference documents
  • Define the products and services that Humanitarian Encyclopedia could offer through its “live” platform
  • Formulate indicators of success of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia in 2021 specifically in their regional context.

CERAH Partners for the workshops:

The Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network (ADRRN) consists of 52 national NGOs from 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong footprint in the region, the network members are constantly engaged with local communities strengthening their ability to combat disasters, providing humanitarian aid, advocating for policy changes and improving the capacity of community based organizations. ADRRN will become one of the regional hubs of the HE project.

Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL), Deakin University, delivers education, innovation and research for the humanitarian sector. Built on a foundation of strong partnership between academic and humanitarian organizations, it is dedicated to supporting and seeding innovation across the sector. Its privileged position in the Asia-Pacific region will provide another cultural perspective of the humanitarian response.

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) in Doha is an inter-disciplinary research and study centre that conducts research on the causes, impact and responses to conflict, humanitarian crisis and transitions in the Middle East and North Africa thereby informing and supporting policy and decision makers in the region.

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) is a global learning initiative set up to facilitate partnerships and collaborative opportunities to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. HLA is creating a network of centres around the world who will be reaching out to partners in each country or region, identifying the needs of communities and establishing ways to create strategic partnerships. This network will be harnessed for the HE project.

Handicap International (HI) is a long-standing strategic partner of CERAH. Currently working in 60 countries in emergency, chronic crisis, reconstruction and development settings the organization addresses the needs of people with disabilities and a broad range of other vulnerable groups. Linking humanitarian action and development work and undertaking advocacy at national and international level, HI will ensure a holistic and systemic perspective of the aid system.

Islamic Relief is an independent humanitarian and development organization, with an active presence in over 40 countries. Beyond providing assistance, Islamic Relief is also policy leader on Islamic humanitarianism and develops research programmes. Its strong stand in the Middle East and the Arab communities will be essential to contextualise the HE in the Arab world.