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Humanitarian Research That Made the News in 2016

Scientific humanitarian research brings together observations, knowledge, and data that helps to solve problems, invent solutions and develop new products which could help the entire humanitarian community.

The value of humanitarian research

It can help establish new products and services which therefore enhance the impact of humanitarian activities to a higher degree. The significance of humanitarian research is mainly developing and promoting the body of knowledge and information because these two (knowledge and information) drive innovation and benefits humanitarians, and the people they’re dedicated to help. It enables them to live healthier and higher quality lives. Listed below are two researchers who made great strides with their humanitarian research in 2016.

One of the most esteemed scientific researchers in the field of humanitarian work. He has been awarded the Pardes Humanitarian Prize for his transformative work in advancing mental health care in resource-poor countries. One of his most important work of 2016 is based on addressing the burden of mental, neurological and substance use disorders by providing evidence for the effectiveness of Disease Control Priorities. The primary goal of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, first published by the World Bank in 1993, is to synthesize evidence of the burden of specific health disorders and more importantly, the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions so as to assist decision makers in allocating often tightly constrained budgets and ensuring that health system objectives are maximally achieved. This research aims to provide up-to-date evidence and includes several novel features that build on previous editions, for example by addressing how interventions can be packaged together across a range of delivery platforms and channels.

What keeps aid workers in their jobs? What fuels their passion? Those are questions which drove Thomas Arcaro, professor of sociology at Elon University, during his research. By surveying more than 1,000 humanitarians fulfilling a variety of roles in communities from sub-Saharan Africa to the South Pacific, he acquired a clearer picture of the motivations of humanitarians. Those motivations can be divided into roughly four categories:

  • Going back home can be daunting
  • A desire to test their mental, physical and spiritual potential
  • Options elsewhere feel limited
  • A sense of loyalty

He concluded his research with the recommendation that we need to listen more to aid workers about how they feel about their jobs. By listening to their voices, we can develop a deeper understanding that can lead to a more effective, mentally healthy workforce. Since it certainly isn’t an easy and safe job by any standard.

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