The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) was founded 12 years ago in August. Since then it has gone on to educate hundreds of students, publish high-impact research, and form innovative partnerships within the humanitarian sector.
“2019-2020 has been a challenging year for the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. Over the past decade, we have grown in often difficult circumstances. HCRI was founded during a major economic crisis, and we now find ourselves facing another, which is combined with an unprecedented health emergency. The year ahead will provide us with important questions and research issues. The black lives matter seismic shift in race relations will also entail a thorough rethink of how we work and how we teach. These challenges are daunting, but an Institute devoted to the response to crises and disasters is well equipped to engage with them.”
Professor Bertrand Taithe, executive director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.
Partnerships and collaborations
HCRI provides technical advice, conflict analysis, and research to support WHO programmes intended for developing health capacities in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) February 11, 2020
This year, we launched a new campaign to celebrate the dedication of nurses and midwives across the world in helping to save lives, and catch up with some of our alumni with experience in the field.
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) July 5, 2020
Our academics have been working across multiple disciplines since March to produce recommendations to local governments, NGOs, and international stakeholders on COVID-19 recovery. Access the Manchester Briefing to find out more.
The @OfficialUoM‘s Recovery from COVID-19 team, led by Professor Duncan Shaw, have produced a guide outlining the key issues for recovery from COVID-19: https://t.co/Ybv1eOgXiR @RuthBoaden @joyfurnival @JonatanPinkse @ProfCaryCooper @DrRobPhillips @ayhamfattoum pic.twitter.com/gfcLvwn2Mf
— Alliance MBS (@AllianceMBS) July 24, 2020
The HCRI Policy Brief Series provides short, policy-relevant briefings and recommendations on issues and concerns under the themes of humanitarianism, disaster management, peace and conflict and global health.
We’re pleased to announce that our new Policy Brief series is now live!
Our first recommendation for Int. donors from Dr @birtevogel_ discusses the value for money in humanitarian cash programmes, based on the perspective of beneficiaries 👇https://t.co/naztEs5tSQ pic.twitter.com/2hhktQHgx6
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) August 5, 2020
Work has continued on the Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) consortium project, exploring the impact of attacks on healthcare in conflict settings.
“The Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) project is a multi-institution and interdisciplinary research programme through which we aim to improve our understanding of the immediate, long-term, and wider impacts of attacks on healthcare on populations in countries that have experienced armed conflict. The project started in January 2019 and HCRI has been leading a consortium of partners working together to generate new evidence about how these attacks affect civilian populations. This research is particularly important as the world faces a global health pandemic.”
Stephanie Rinaldi, RIAH Project Manager
Student and alumni experiences
This year, we began our student spotlight series to learn about the academic and vocational journeys of our students, like Joudy.
Joudy also spoke about settling in the UK & studying with #HCRI. 🇬🇧💜
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) April 2, 2020
Sarah Lagot Odwong, a Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA graduate was included in Uganda’s Sunday Vision Top 40 Under 40’s Most Inspirational Women. Sarah was largely nominated for her role as Communications Director for USAID’s Better Outcomes for Children and Youth (BOCY) project.
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) January 29, 2020
HCRI expanded its ever-growing online offering by launching a new online MSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, starting Autumn 2020.
Applications are now OPEN for our new online MSc programme, launching this Autumn 2020.
Develop the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and help prevent #disasters and benefit from our leading academics, research, and partnerships with NGOs 👇https://t.co/7ywB01Zkqz pic.twitter.com/OATVtfmJml
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) July 6, 2020
Landmark lecture – Kashmir: causes of crisis and consequences for citizens
HCRI’s landmark lecture saw a panel explore the causes and consequences of the Indian government’s changes to the 70 year policy on Jammu and Kashmir State.
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) September 9, 2019
HCRI Pride event: Documentary and Discussion
For Pride 2020, we were joined by Dr Billy Tusker Howarth, the University’s LGBTQ+ society, and staff and students to discuss the oral history documentary on the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
For anybody who couldn’t attend our #Pride event yesterday, this is the short film we watched to kick off our discussion.
— HCRInstitute (@HCRInstitute) July 1, 2020