Shaping the future: Our strategy for research and innovation in humanitarian response.

A global organisation that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation..
Our purpose is clear: we work in partnership with a global community of humanitarian actors, researchers and innovators to improve the quality of humanitarian action and deliver better outcomes for people affected by crises.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

How can research initiatives unfold to make meaningful contributions to real-world practice and real-time policy?

This article draws on a case study evaluating an innovative programme to alleviate toxic stress, boost resilience, and promote social inclusion among Syrian refugee and Jordanian nonrefugee youth. It describes the kind of project design and community engagement that animates research on stress biology and lived experiences, connecting people with humanitarian practice and policy. The author highlights why and how biocultural work generates fluency in multiple forms of evidence to guide mental health interventions, reflecting on ways to anchor research in shared humanity and shared scientific purpose. The paper clarifies types of added value, pursued during intersectoral collaborations, help achieve plural, sustained, and inclusive contributions.

This article shows how “creative relationality” can energise research-to-policy initiatives to bring about transformational change.

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