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How can research support the localisation of humanitarian aid?

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Conflict and Health invites you to submit to our new collection on the localisation of humanitarian aid.

During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, international humanitarian organisations and funders formally recognized local actors as key players in humanitarian assistance and committed to strengthening more locally-led responses in crises. However, pathways through which the research community can address existing gaps and serve the humanitarian localisation agenda remain unclear. Indeed, the generation, circulation and use of scientific evidence can challenge or reproduce existing power imbalances in research, humanitarian policies and programmes, and endorse or invalidate certain sources and forms of knowledge over others.

This thematic series seeks papers engaging with considerations of power in the generation and use of evidence in humanitarian settings, and how this then influences humanitarian policies and programmes. This includes papers addressing efforts at decolonising humanitarian research. Overall, the thematic series seeks to help understanding of how evidence can support the localisation of humanitarian aid.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via our online submission system. During the submission process, please make sure the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

The collection has not been sponsored and each submitted article will undergo the journal’s standard peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge.  We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

  1. Older Syrian refugees in Lebanon are a marginalized population with under-recognized health needs. The inclusivity of this population within the humanitarian response is poorly understood. This study aims to i...

    Authors: Sarah Hachem, Souad Ali, Sarah Al-Omari, Maya Abi Chahine, Sasha Abdallah Fahme and Abla Mehio Sibai
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:61
  2. The emerging trends of asymmetric and urban warfare call for a revision of the needs and the way in which frontline trauma care is provided to affected population. However, there is no consensus on the process...

    Authors: F. Salio, A. Pirisi, E. Bruni, M. Court, K. Peleg, S. Reaiche, A. Redmond, E. Weinstein, I. Hubloue, F. Della Corte and L. Ragazzoni
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:55
  3. Many refugee children face challenges accessing education, but refugee children with disabilities are especially vulnerable to exclusion from school environments as well as social settings. Mainstreaming is co...

    Authors: Thomas M. Crea, Elizabeth K. Klein, Oladoyin Okunoren, Maria Paula Jimenez, Greg St. Arnold, Truphena Kirior, Eric Velandria and Daniela Bruni
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:53
  4. Hygiene behaviour change programmes are complex to design. These challenges are heightened during crises when humanitarian responders are under pressure to implement programmes rapidly despite having limited i...

    Authors: Sian White, Thomas Heath, Anna C. Mutula, Robert Dreibelbis and Jennifer Palmer
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:45
  5. Needs assessment is one of the fundamental humanitarian responses to sudden-onset or long-lasting emergencies. The Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs Scale (HESPER)/ HESPER Web are valid scales fo...

    Authors: Karin Hugelius
    Citation: Conflict and Health 2022 16:44