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.

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Santiago Ripoll

Research Officer

Project details

start date
1 October 2016
end date
31 December 2020


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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Santiago Ripoll

Research Officer

Recent work


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


Rwanda – DRC Cross Border Dynamics

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

1 April 2019


Key Considerations: Ebola Preparedness and Readiness in Goma, DRC

Goma is the administrative capital of North Kivu province and a major urban centre in the Great Lakes Region. The city is home to an estimated 1.5 million people and serves as an important economic and transportation hub that links eastern Congo to the broader East African sub-region. The...

1 March 2019

Press release

IDS response to Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

In response to continuing coverage of the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where there have been 823 confirmed and probable cases reported (as of 12th February 2019, with 517 people dying and 280 recovered), Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development...

14 February 2019