In the wake of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), held in Istanbul on 22 and 23 May, NCHS researcher Kristin Bergtora Sandvik has signed and endorsed the Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars at World Humanitarian Summit.
The statement is the main scholarly outcome of the WHS and has been drafted by experts in the humanitarian field and the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA). Aiming at giving a positive turn to humanitarian scholarship, the statement has signaled that the Summit will contribute to spur all kinds of research activities, explore mechanisms to effectively communicate and collaborate around the unfolding humanitarian research agenda, as well as following up on the core responsibilities of the WHS agenda. The statement has also provided a normative frame that can underpin and inspire numerous initiatives focusing on the commitments, with regards to advancing evidence-based approaches; localising research and education; promoting transdisciplinary work; and developing and upholding of research ethics. Given the vast possibilities and the large community of scholars that work on these issues within their own programmes and networks, the statement aspires to enhance the communication and exchange about this.
The Statement of Commitments from Humanitarian Scholars, which is underpinned by six main objectives, can be read in full here.