The Social Science in Humanitarian Action 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.
SSHAP’s vision is of epidemic and humanitarian responses which are effective, adaptive, contextually informed, sensitive to vulnerabilities and power relations, planned in consultation with affected communities and local institutions, and based on social and interdisciplinary science and evidence.
To achieve this SSHAP works across four pillars:
1) building networks of experts (academic-practitioner, social-medical science);
2) providing knowledge and evidence on demand;
3) operational capacity building;
4) a website to consolidate open access resources.