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

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OVERVIEW

In 2023, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) anticipates that a record 339 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection – a significant increase from 274 million people at the beginning of 2022.

Given that humanitarian emergencies are occurring at increasing rates and affecting a growing number of people, evidence-based strategies and new solutions – including in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – are vital to ensure that people’s essential needs are met, and that they can live in dignity and are protected from WASH-related diseases.

In 2020, through the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) the Humanitarian WASH Road Map 2020– 2025 was launched, articulating the need to enhance the capacity of the WASH sector to deliver a predictable, quality humanitarian response through strengthened collective commitments and strategic partnerships. The Road Map included an initiative focusing on research and innovation, highlighting the need for a more evidence-informed humanitarian WASH response. Building on an existing collaboration between the GWC and Elrha, this WASH research priority setting was commissioned by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC). 

A consultative approach, based on the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) method was used to identify WASH research priorities in a transparent, consultative, comprehensive and replicable way. The results of this exercise serve as a guide for researchers, humanitarian practitioners and funding agencies by providing a prioritised list of research questions that, when answered, will contribute to improved WASH policy and practice in humanitarian crises.  

The findings of this WASH Research Prioritisation  are presented in an interactive table below. This visualisation presents the prioritisation analysis of the 128 WASH in crises research questions voted by 286 respondents. The research questions aggregated across groups can be re-ordered by professional category, gender, or region of work using the below filters.

RESEARCH PRIORITY QUESTIONS FOR WASH RESEARCH IN HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS

This work was commissioned by Elrha, conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Tufts University.  To access the full report, including the detailed methodology, please visit elrha.org  

The findings of WASH Research Prioritisation are presented in an interactive table below. This visualisation presents the prioritisation analysis of the 128 WASH in crises research questions voted by 286 respondents. The 128 research questions aggregated across groups can be re-ordered by professional category, gender, or region of work using the below filters. 

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Research Question Impact Answerability Relevancy Translatability Implementability Total Score

This work was commissioned by Elrha, conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Tufts University. 

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Anne Harmer

Head of R2HC Programme, Elrha

The results of this exercise serve as a guide for researchers, humanitarian practitioners and funding agencies by providing a prioritised list of research questions that, when answered, will contribute to improved WASH policy and practice in humanitarian crises.

Read the full report

The WASH in crises research agenda serves as a guide for researchers, humanitarian practitioners and funding agencies, providing a prioritised list of research questions that, when answered, will contribute to improved WASH policy and practice in humanitarian crises.

Read the full report

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