“Feinstein takes on questions that are not the trendiest, but are very important, and very practice-and policy-relevant.” – Jeannie Annan, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee
We need your support to promote the use of evidence and learning in responses to humanitarian crises. Below are four specific goals we hope you will consider supporting.
We continue to deepen our work in critical areas and aim to expand into new areas, particularly as new crises begin and current crises evolve. The following are some of the areas that we are actively seeking flexible funding to support.
- Increasing our research on the nature of crises to provide evidence on how the humanitarian system can better anticipate and respond to crises. For example, the Constraints and Complexities of Information and Analysis Project is an effort to understand the availability and quality of information on food emergencies.
- Increasing research in conflict, transitional, and post-conflict settings. For example, the Mind the Gap Project aims to review and synthesize lessons from research linked to building livelihood resilience in conflict settings.
- Expanding and strengthening existing knowledge on child marriage in humanitarian settings to better inform policy and practice.
- Further developing work on the use of research and data for supporting victims of violence in justice processes by building on recent work with the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
Our strategic plan places significant emphasis on improving the way our research is used, which requires strong leadership and flexible funding for research uptake and knowledge management. We welcome your support to help our research findings to have an impact more quickly and effectively than we do today.
Our young scholars are researchers who are working towards or have recently received Ph.Ds. Specific support for young scholars will help them build their own research portfolios more quickly and enable Feinstein to expand the range of research areas we address. This in turn will provide valuable research to the humanitarian and development communities.
Learn about the groundbreaking projects our young scholars are committed to pursuing:
We administer the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) degree program, which is jointly offered by the Friedman School of Nutrition and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. We have trained and granted degrees to more than 100 individuals, most of whom continue in humanitarian work at senior positions in the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and government. We are seeking funding for at least two full scholarships each year for international students. Learn more about the MAHA program here.
Your generous, tax-deductible gift will directly support our research and teaching that strengthens the lives, livelihoods, and dignity of people affected by or at risk of humanitarian crises.
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