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Research and Learning Unit

This is a knowledge service hub which strives to generate information and evidence to address current knowledge gaps and needs for innovation and learning in humanitarian systems to improve practice, standards, impacts and performance.

Aim 1

To empower and build resillience in communities by developing effective collabration founded on knowledge and data for evidence based decision making.

Aim 2

To enable communities and individual anticipate, adopt and recover quickly from crisis.

Aim 3

To improve practice, standards, impacts and performance of humanitarian actions.

Research Objectives

  • To generate evidence and learning to enhance the body of knowledge to support practice, policy, advocacy, innovation and learning.
  • To enhance partnership to build bridges between science and practice and contribute to the contribute to the improvement of the existing humanitarian practice.
  • To address the current knowledge gaps and need in the humanitarian systems to improve practice, standards, impacts and performance

Transformations from our Research

  • Supporting and Developing National Societies as strong & effective local actors.
  • Enhancing body of knowledge to support practice, policy, advocacy, innovation & learning.
  • Exploiting climate opportunities in resilience & development
  • Build trust and ensure accountability to stakeholders
  • Influencing humanitarian action
  • Develop data and digital solutions for evidence based decision making
  • Building strategic collaborations to enhance service delivery to communities
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The nature of crises affecting people is changing whereby, complex and multi-casual crises are becoming common, and thus lives, livelihoods and development are being affected by these changes.

In order to effectively plan and prepare for such complex humanitarian crisis, there is need to continually updating knowledge through research and learning, ensuring that decisions, policies and programmes are based on sound evidence of what works and what does not work as well as emerging issues.

It is only through history, analysis of trend, knowledge generation and management that we can accumulate foresight to effectively plan and prepare for humanitarian, disaster relief, mitigation and lifting millions out of livelihood vulnerabilities.

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Evidence and learning

New research, evidence and learning is being generated by ongoing and new projects and initiatives that needs to be shared out widely.

This thematic area will focus on developing publications, tools, methodologies, approaches, frameworks, manuals to inform new research areas, disaster risk management operations and systems and capacity development.

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Research Programmes

Climate Research

Focusing on risk reduction a per the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the climate research programme is addressing disaster risk reduction (DRR) through the generation of knowledge and information that supports anticipatory approach to disaster management.

Data Research

Focuses on the generation of better risk data to support short & long-term disaster risk reduction planning & implementation. The programme is using innovation technology such as drones, satellite imagery, crowdsourcing information through social media & volunteer mapping such as OpenStreetMap to generate risk data & risk assessments.

Health Research

Explores unique scientific questions of high public health relevance that can only be answered through research in humanitarian settings. Research in these challenging settings requires consideration of flexible methodologies, research ethics, multisector partnerships & engagement with available public health information systems.

Cash & Voucher Assistance

The CVA cuts across all the thematic areas that are geared towards ensuring effective service delivery in alleviating human suffering and saving lives of the most vulnerable communities.
The focus of this programme is to enhance the Red Cross Red Crescent capacity for CVA interventions in the region.