Centre for Humanitarian Analytics

Vision

Informed humanitarian action in Africa.

Mission

Connecting data, decision-making and humanitarian response.

Values

Analytical - We will demonstrate the highest level of paying attention to detail to visualize, gather information, articulate, analyze, solve complex problems, and make decisions.

Integrity – We are committed to accountability, responsibility, stewardship and professionalism for the effectiveness and efficiency of our work as guided by the Humanitarian Code of Conduct and Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

Proficient – Like eagles, we take pride in being good at; skilled; fluent; practiced, especially in relation to our humanitarian analytics work.

The Centre for Humanitarian Analytics (CHA) is a humanitarian organization head-quartered in Harare and implementing initiatives throughout Africa. We are a vibrant humanitarian actor driven to bring fresh thinking to interrogate the status quo of humanitarian architecture, preparedness and response in Africa. CHA brings an interdisciplinary approach to which information is the epicentre of interventions such that humanitarian organisations can readily make and implement decisions at strategic, tactical and operational levels. Looking ahead, CHA strongly believes that by developing a deeper understanding of the shifting geopolitical, economic and environmental dynamics humanitarian practitioners in Africa will be better able to analyse the drivers of vulnerability and create opportunities to address them. CHA wants to champion a sector that revolutionizes humanitarian structures, processes and transforms the way that people are treated in crisis responses within the Africa continent. What evolving and underlying trends influence the future of humanitarian action and its ability to appropriately respond to the crises of tomorrow? Our role as CHA is to ask and answer tough questions, provide practice-based evidence for transformative action and connect people, technology and ideas benchmarked by global humanitarian standards adopted to the local environment to be usable by humanitarian agencies, scholars, policymakers, NGOs, Governments and others to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

How it all begun!

Four lessons-turned-concerns triggered the origins of the Centre for Humanitarian Analytics at the turn of the 2020 decade. Is the humanitarian architecture in Africa fit for purpose? Does it have the capacity and vision to tackle the crises of today, tomorrow and deep into the future? If the humanitarian system is unable to deal with the challenges of today, what does this tell us about its ability to prepare for the challenges the next generation will face? What do we need to do now to prepare for then – for an African humanitarian context that will be paradigmatically different from the past?

CHA thus evolved out of the conviction that appropriate humanitarian response to these crises requires developing methods to understand and describe these different humanitarian emergencies, designing means to evaluate and assess the impact of humanitarian interventions, and preparing the next generation of engaged and effective humanitarian actors.

Our Call...

CHA has major programs in three key thematic areas: Humanitarian Data & Technologies, Humanitarian Standards, and Humanitarian Policies Analysis. CHA’s CEO & founder is a co-Country Focal Point Person for Sphere Standards in Zimbabwe and coordinates the work of Sphere trainers and works to promote the adoption of humanitarian standards and other quality and accountability tools, including Minimum Standards for Child Protection, Minimum standards of Education in Emergencies, Livestock in Emergencies Guidelines, Minimum Standards in Economic Recovery, and other Sphere companion standards.

CHA aims to create thought-provoking humanitarian policy dialogue and evidence-based practice debates. CHA works through substantive collaborations to strengthen residual capacity within NGOs, INGOs, inter-governmental agencies, Governments, churches, the academia, FBOs (both local and international) and communities in Africa. CHA envisages that these institutions position themselves to respond to humanitarian situations, to continue to apply internationally recognized quality and accountability standards in the protracted ‘recovery phase’ completes CHA’s response to the future humanitarian crises in Africa.

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Quality and Accountability Handbooks distributed

1247

Humanitarian workers Trained

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Humanitarian Standards Training events