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Project

Social Science in Humanitarian Action: a Communication for Development Platform

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses.

The need to bring in anthropological perspectives to humanitarian crises was highlighted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. In reference to the most recent set of Ebola cases in the DRC (2018) founder and director of Anthrologica, Juliet Bedford, a partner of the platform explains the ‘Anthropologists can provide intellegence about the context of response for getting things rights. It is important to understand things not just from a clinical perspective, but also from a sociocultural perspective’

Listen to the full interview with the BBC World Service

The Platform is a partnership between UNICEF and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and support from Anthrologica.

Visit the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform website

Key contacts

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Santiago Ripoll

Research Officer

Project details

start date
1 October 2016
end date
31 December 2020
value
£80,124

Partners

In partnership with
Anthrologica
Supported by
UNICEF

About this project

People

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Alice Webb

Digital Knowledge Coordinator

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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Santiago Ripoll

Research Officer

Recent work

Brief

Key Considerations: Cross-Border Dynamics Between South Sudan and DRC

This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces. In light of the DRC outbreak, South Sudan began preparedness activities in...

Naomi Pendle & 3 others

11 November 2019

Publication

Cross Border Dynamics: Burundi-DRC (Updated August 2019)

This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. It is the third in a series of four briefs focusing on the at risk border areas between...

Jean-Benoît Falisse

5 August 2019

Brief

Cross-Border Dynamics and Healthcare in West Nile, Uganda

Against the backdrop of on-going preparedness work in Uganda as related to the outbreak of Ebola in DRC, this brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics and health structures and behaviours in the West Nile sub-region of north-west Uganda. It builds upon the SSHAP...

Elisabeth Storer
Gemma Pearson

1 July 2019

News

IDS Director calls out unfair and damaging visa system

IDS Director, Professor Melissa Leach, has highlighted how a prejudiced UK visa system that is refusing visas for African researchers is undermining international collaborations and efforts to tackle global challenges such as the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

10 June 2019

Brief

Key Considerations: Bushmeat in the Border Areas of South Sudan and DRC

In the context of the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), May 2019, this brief summarises key considerations about bushmeat (meat derived from wild animals for human consumption) in the context of preparedness activities in South Sudan. The brief details the...

22 May 2019