Based on ongoing research in Syria, Iraq, Northern-Uganda and Chad, this breakfast seminar will explore academic and practitioners perspectives on the role and utility research in driving evidence-based-aid. The seminar aims to identify key pointers for evidence-based humanitarian action.


08:30 - 08:35 Welcome
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Senior Researcher (PRIO)

08:35 - 08:45 Introduction: Why evidence-based research?
Dr. Peter Walker, Director (Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University)

08:45 - 09:30 Presentations
Remote management: Donors and International NGOs (INGOs) are increasingly relying on local partners to carry out humanitarian assistance in insecure environments. There is little consensus and a general lack of evidence on the best ways to identify local partners, assess and build capacity, and monitor and evaluate work remotely.
Dr. Kimberly Howe, Senior Researcher (Feinstein International Center, Tufts University)

Household resilience to food insecurity and malnutrition: Does building resilience require not only a multisectoral approach, but also integrating the often separate development and humanitarian sectors?
Anastasia Marshak, Researcher (Feinstein International Center, Tufts University)

The persistence of violence: the case of Karamoja, Northern-Uganda: How can the impact of a combined behavior change and livelihoods project on the propensity of male youth for violence be tested? What are the broader insights concerning the persistence of violence in the region?
Dr. Elizabeth Stites, Assistant Professor of Research and Senior Researcher for Conflict & Livelihoods (Feinstein International Center, Tufts University)

09:30 - 09:55 Discussion

09:55 - 10:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks

This event is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.