Partners

The Encyclopedia was conceived as a partnership project. Many emerging and traditional stakeholders from academia, humanitarian organisations, and humanitarian support groups have been approached to engage in identification of key terms and concept selection, co-creation and dissemination as well as governance of the project.

Academic scholars are involved in the analysis of concepts, based on theoretical expertise and field research and building on a shared systematic methodology. Partnerships will bring more opportunities for knowledge-sharing and visibility of research, particularly by actors in the South.

Humanitarian organisations actively take part by participating in field research projects, analysing the operationalization of the concepts by their own organisation. Comparative analysis among organisations will directly benefit both the organisations and the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.

Governments can benefit from the Encyclopedia analyses to inform humanitarian policy, while donors more broadly, public and private, can increase aid effectiveness through their support to this innovative project financially.

Complementary to other initiatives

It is essential for the Encyclopedia to interact effectively with the entire humanitarian ecosystem creating synergies as relevant. Many valuable initiatives are seeking to strengthen the sector, especially its impact and efficiency in the context of a growing diversity of actors. The aim is to Building on the strengths of other initiatives, such as ALNAP, ACAPS, CHS Alliance, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, PHAP, Sphere will avoid overlap and ensure complementarity.

A dual governing body

A major asset of the project is its dual governing body, bringing together operational and academic expertise.

The University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies have supported the project by providing the infrastructure and contributing to certain developments. 

Funding

With the generous support of the Government of Switzerland, the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the Loterie Romande (Switzerland), the Humanitarian Encyclopedia has paved the way for success in the coming four years and beyond. To date, donor support has enabled the key phases of defining the structure and research approach of the project through extensive consultation, the set up and analysis of a database of nearly 2,600 humanitarian organizations, a survey of 1,450 humanitarian professionals, and the initial phases of the online platform.

Future partnerships required

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia is a global public good, requiring collective effort to maintain its relevance and utility for all of today’s and tomorrow’s diversity of humanitarian actors.

Academic scholars can consider writing on a concept based on theoretical expertise and field research, bringing in the many disciplines required for a comprehensive, pluri- and interdisciplinary approach, from linguists to socioeconomics experts.

Humanitarian practitioners and leaders can actively participate in discussions to challenge conceptual analyses, confronting them with acquired experience and operational realities.  Humanitarian actors can gain knowledge through which their organisations could learn for better performance, while adding value to the Encyclopedia.

Governments can benefit from the Encyclopedia analyses to inform humanitarian policy, while donors more broadly, public and private, can increase aid effectiveness through their support to this innovative project financially.