About the Organisation

Centre for Humanitarian Analytics

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.

Our Call

CHA has major programs in three key thematic areas: Humanitarian Data & Technologies, Humanitarian Standards, and Humanitarian Policies Analysis. CHA is a Sphere Focal Point for humanitarian standards in Zimbabwe covering Southern Africa 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.

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.

CHA Milestones - 2020/21

Connecting data, Decision making and Humanitarian response


Quality and Accountability
Handbooks distributed


Humanitarian workers


Humanitarian Standards Training events

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