Next steps

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia project develops over a period of five years, from July 2017 to June 2022. The initial development phase laid the foundations in 2017 and 2018, allowing us, among other things, to answer the question ‘WHAT are the most salient concepts and clusters of concepts in humanitarian practice?’. This is the foundation for the three strategic workstreams guiding the project in the subsequent 3½ years.

Project Roadmap 2019-2022

With the foundations of the project laid in 2018, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia will be further developed in three strategic work-streams:

  • Strategic work-stream 1:
    Describing concepts uses, addressing:
    – How are concepts divergently and commonly used by humanitarian practitioners?
    – Why are concepts used divergently?
    The work will be led by scholars with inputs from practitioners.
  • Strategic work-stream 2:
    Assessing the impact, addressing:
    – What is the impact of conceptual variation on humanitarian practices?
  • Strategic work-stream 3:
    Crowdsource and disseminate, addressing:
    – Structure and moderated digital space allowing various interactions over time.

These three work-streams are closely interconnected and complement each other.  They provide guidance to project development during the period between 2019 and 2022.

Project timeline

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