The Localization of Humanitarian Research Webinar

March 2023

The current structure of humanitarian research systems marginalizes Global South institutes. However, a recent study has shown that southern-led research has a number of comparative advantages, including an emphasis on issues that directly benefit crisis-affected populations.

This event featured researchers from the Global South and Global North and donors. The panel explored how southern- and northern-led research differ and discussed barriers and potential paths to more equitable humanitarian research opportunities for Global South researchers and institutes.


  • Teddy Atim, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Gang Karume, Rebuild Hope for Africa
  • Jennifer Leigh, USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Isabella Cordua, Network for Empowered Aid Response (moderator)

The webinar was co-sponsored by Tufts University, NEAR, and USAID/BHA.

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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