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Africa Research Office

Harvard Business School continues its efforts to build a deep understanding of and expertise in global business practice and innovation around the world, including throughout Africa, a region that is assuming an increasingly vital role in the world economy. The school opened the newest regional office, the Africa Research Office in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017.

Creating Emerging Markets

Creating Emerging Markets project explore the evolution of business leadership in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At its core are interviews, many on video and by Harvard Business School faculty members, with leaders or former leaders of businesses and NGOs. These interviews, with men and women of diverse backgrounds, address pivotal moments of transition in their regions. They contain compelling insights on entrepreneurship, innovation, family business, and the globalization of firms and brands.

Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Drawing on its world-class faculty and its extraordinary students, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC) provides a space for research on critical challenges facing the various fields of public international law related to armed conflict — including the jus ad bellum, the jus in bello (international humanitarian law/the law of armed conflict), international human rights law, international criminal law, the law of state responsibility, and other relevant fields. In collaboration with student researchers, scholars, and practitioners, we engage with

Advanced Training Program On Humanitarian Action (ATHA)

Advanced Training Program On Humanitarian Action's (ATHA) main objective is to foster innovative responses to current challenges to humanitarian protection by capturing new approaches and insights of practitioners through informal, professional exchange, such as tailored research on practitioner questions, interactive briefings on the ATHA portal, focusing on key questions of protection, closed, online workshops on issues of interest, open podcast exchanges.

Program on Civilian Military Engagement

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Program on Civil Military Engagement in Disaster Response seeks to create an evidence base for evaluating civil-military interactions in response to humanitarian disasters. Whether in response to conflict, natural disasters, or complex emergencies, international humanitarian organizations and U.S. federal agencies (Department of State, United States Agency for International Development), aim to alleviate suffering and minimize the social, health, and economic consequences of disaster.

Program on Resilient Communities

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Program on Resilient Communities uses evidence-based approaches to interpret how communities mitigate the impact of disasters. The program takes at its starting point the central role local communities play in disaster preparedness and response as the front line and locus for interactions with local civil society organizations, the private sector, national disaster management agencies, and the international humanitarian community.

Women in War

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Women in War program seeks to investigate and address women's needs in today's most troubled settings. HHI's network of diverse faculty, fellows, and researchers examines pressing issues that impact women's security throughout the world. The projects emphasize the unique vulnerabilities women face in humanitarian settings, including gender-based violence, other forms of exploitation and abuse, and economic insecurity.

Peace and Human Rights Data

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's (HHI) Peace and Human Rights Data Program conducts research and builds capacity in countries experiencing complex emergencies and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The program trains researchers and uses empirical and mixed research methods to consult, represent, and support survivors of mass violence and disasters. Through the program, HHI works to ensure that the needs of survivors are recognized and acted on by governments, United Nations agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

Program on Infectious Disease and Humanitarian Emergencies

Disease outbreaks and epidemics during humanitarian emergencies superimpose a substantial burden on already vulnerable and fragile populations. Displacement of populations, overcrowding, limited access to clean water, disruption of sanitation facilities, and limited access to basic healthcare increase the spread of disease and outbreaks.

Harvard Gender Violence Project

The overarching goal of the Harvard Gender Violence Project is to elevate the status of South Asian women by engaging societies to reject violence and foster respect for all people. The Harvard Gender Violence Project (HGVP) is a collaboration between The Mittal Institute, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and regional experts working in the area of gender violence prevention and intervention programs.


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