Sabina C. Robillard

Sabina C. RobillardMAHA Coordinator

Click here to read Sabina’s Young Scholar Profile.

Sabina is a doctoral student at the Friedman School of Nutrition. She has worked in disaster response, public health emergencies, peacebuilding, and conservation. Her expertise is in engagement between crisis-affected populations and humanitarian organizations. Her work includes the earthquake and cholera response with IOM in Haiti, the Ebola response with IOM in Guinea, and community-driven peacebuilding efforts with Haitian organizations in gang-affected areas of Port au Prince. She is currently studying the ‘localization’ of humanitarian assistance.

She has a master’s degree in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School, a master’s in community change and applied peacebuilding from the Future Generations Graduate School, and a B.A. in community health and peace and justice studies from Tufts University.

When not at Tufts, Sabina lives in Port au Prince, Haiti with her husband and step-daughter.

News Items

Presentation on localization of humanitarian aid draws more than 200 people from BHA
January 22, 2022

On January 21, 2022, Daniel Maxwell and Sabina Robillard presented findings from their recent study of the localization of humanitarian assistance to USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). More than…

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Sabina Robillard co-authored a blog looking at localization in the context of Cite Soleil, Haiti
April 28, 2020

In April 2020, Sabina Robillard and Louino Robillard wrote a blog, “No Angels, No Devils: a view on ‘localization’ from Cite Soleil,” for CDA Collaborative. Cite Soleil is a marginalized…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Localization of Humanitarian Assistance

This research program seeks to understand the enabling and hindering factors that support localized or locally led humanitarian responses to natural disasters, conflicts, and prolonged complex emergencies.

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Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts Project

From 2005 to 2017, we developed a wide-ranging research portfolio on livelihoods systems under stress throughout the Greater Horn of Africa and beyond. This project synthesizes key themes of that research.

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Feinstein Publications

Localization: A “Landscape” Report
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This landscape study about localization examined the literature and spoke to over five dozen key informants from different perspectives, positions, and countries across the humanitarian sector.

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Localization across contexts: Lessons learned from four case studies

This brief highlights similarities and differences between two studies on localization of humanitarian action and identifies lessons learned that may reach beyond specific emergencies in Indonesia and the Horn of Africa.

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