Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a University-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership supported by Harvard University's Office of the Provost. HHI is based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population and is affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Medicine Department. As an Inter-Faculty Initiative (IFI) at Harvard University, HHI collaborates closely with faculty and students throughout all Harvard Schools and Harvard Teaching Hospitals.

HHI’s aim is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by conducting interdisciplinary, practice-based research and education that can be used by scholars, policymakers, NGOs, and others to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in order to:

  • Improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection, and prevention;
  • Instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies; and
  • Educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders.


Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
14 Story Street
2nd Floor
Cambridge MA
United States