Partnerships are the core of the project, and many emerging and traditional stakeholders from academia, humanitarian agencies, and humanitarian support groups have been approached to engage in needs analysis, selection and analysis of concepts, dissemination as well as governance of the project.

Hand in hand: get involved

Governance Partner

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

Research Partner

Research Centres – academic or not – can get involve in the analysis of concepts, building on a shared systematic methodology. Humanitarian organizations can actively take part, engaging in field research projects, analyzing the operationalization of the concepts by their own organization in one or several contexts. Comparative analyses among organizations will directly benefit both the organization and the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.


Humanitarian organizations and networks are encouraged to highlight the initiatives of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia within their organizations/networks, including actively encouraging participation in regional workshops, living and structured fora, and field research.

Alternative models

All humanitarian organizations are encouraged to support this innovative project, Alternative partnership and collaboration opportunities that fit the needs of your organization to enable participation can be discussed.


Building on existing knowledge

The Encyclopedia will take into account the knowledge developed to date. 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 avoid overlap with existing initiatives and ensure complementarity through:

  • Building on the strengths of other initiatives, such as the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, ALNAP, Sphere, ACAPS, PHAP, CHS Alliance. They have the potential to bring value to the Encyclopedia with intellectual contributions, leverage of networks for dissemination and co-creation.
  • Offering complementary value with the potential to enrich many initiatives (e.g. standards setting, humanitarian education and training, evaluation expertise). It will do so by disseminating these initiatives’ knowledge base through the Encyclopedia platform and leveraging its research and tools to enhance their mission.


Funding partners

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia project could not be achieved without the generous financial support of our funding partners. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them.


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